10/08/09 4:45 PM ET
Tidbits: Game 2 to get blast from past
Twins-Yankees contest will be ushered in by Mr. October
By Brittany Ghiroli / Special to MLB.com
Reggie Jackson, who was an integral part of New York's World Series championships in 1977 and '78, is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Friday's Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins.
Jackson, who played for the Yankees from 1977-81, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993 and is currently a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman. Jackson played 21 seasons in the Major Leagues and has a career 563 home runs, including 18 in the postseason.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter's two-run homer in the third inning of Game 1 tied Jackson and Mickey Mantle for third place on the all-time postseason homers list.
Posada down, but not out
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he did not have any plans to use catcher Jorge Posada as the designated hitter for Friday's Game 2, but did not rule out the possibility of using the veteran's bat in the later innings.
"Jorge could be a huge factor [Friday] in the course of the game," Girardi said. "I mean, there's no doubt about it. He's had pinch-hit homers for us and come in late in the games and has been a huge factor. So you want guys to want to play every day. Emotions will be in check."
Girardi is opting to use Jose Molina behind the plate over Posada, given that starter A.J. Burnett has been a far more effective pitcher in Molina's starts.
You can bet on it
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback have a friendly wager on this year's ALDS. If the Yankees win, Ryback will send a bushel of Honeycrisp apples a case of beer from the Surly Brewing Company to Bloomberg. If the Twins win, Bloomberg will send an assortment of urban produce from the New York Botanical Garden and its Bronx community garden partners and a case of Brooklyn Lager to Minnesota.
|Gm. 1||NYY 7, MIN 2||Wrap||Video|
|Gm. 2||NYY 4, MIN 3 (11)||Wrap||Video|
|Gm. 3||NYY 4, MIN 1||Wrap||Video|
Mixing it up
In an effort to shake things up, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he is considering using Carlos Gomez in center field and moving Denard Span to right and Jason Kubel to designated hitter for Game 2.
"Gomez brings another element," Gardenhire said. "Even though his at-bats aren't always quality, he runs all over the place. That's something, maybe a possibility for [Friday] because we've been struggling at DH."
Brendan Harris went 1-for-4 in the DH slot in Game 1's 7-2 loss.
It's worth mentioning ...
Rookie Brian Duensing, who took the loss in Game 1, became just the third Twins rookie to make a start in the postseason since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961. ... Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer has hit safely in eight of his past nine postseason games, dating back to the ALDS Game 4 in 2002 against the Yankees. In 17 career postseason games, Cuddyer is .340 (18-for-57). ... Wednesday's Game 1 was the first postseason contest at the new Yankee Stadium, drawing a crowd of 49,464, the largest in the stadium's young history. ... In three career postseason appearances, Yankees reliever Phil Hughes is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA over 6 1/3 innings.
Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.