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With Jeter done for the year, Yankees may be too

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Jeter's injury. New York Daily News photo 

No Mariano Rivera. And now, no Derek Jeter. This is a postseason unlike any others the Yankees have had since 1995. In about an hour late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, everything went crazy in the ALCS. The Yankees were in a 4-0 hole and doing nothing until Detroit closer Jose Valverde -- who certainly can't close anymore -- gave up two run homers to Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez to plunge Game One into extra innings.

Detroit won it in the 12th, 6-4, but the Yankees suffered a far bigger loss. Derek Jeter is done for the season. Repeat that. You've never heard it before. Derek Jeter is done for the season. Fractured ankle while fielding a Jhonny Peralta grounder. Clearly an offshoot of the "bone bruise" he's been playing with.

Lots of good reads:

Andrew Marchand, ESPNNY.com: The Yankees are now October underdogs
Wally Matthews, ESPN.com: You might not like your look at the post-Jeter Yanks.
Joel Sherman, Post: 74 minutes between Everest (Ibanez HR) and hell for Yanks.
Mike Vaccaro, Post: Losing the game devastating enough. Losing the captain?
Mike Lupica, Daily News: This one hurts right to the Core (Four)

If you missed the video (it was, after all, after midnight), watch below:


Jayson Nix will play short for the Yankees today. They've got Hiroki Kuroda pitching on short rest for the first time in his career -- and Justin Verlander waiting for Game Three in Detroit. Talk about trouble. This could be a very short series, provided Jim Leyland finds a closer (has to be Octavio Dotel)

In non-Yankees news, be sure to read my Inside Baseball column featuring thoughts on Josh Hamilton, the Nationals, Ozzie Guillen and more.

I'll be in Detroit to cover the ALCS starting with Game Three.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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