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NEW YORK -- Joe Torre's pregame meeting with the media was packed, partly because everyone wanted to hear what he had to say about The Boss and partly because the interview room in the bowels of Yankee Stadium is the cumulative size of a few closets. Torre didn't let us down either, expertly dealing with Steinbrenner and deflecting most of the heat. "It's that time o…

NEW YORK -- The Hackensack (N.J.) Record scored a coup today, getting George Steinbrenner on the phone late Saturday night. And The Boss confirmed to the paper what everyone here surmises as the hours dwindle before Game Three of the division series -- Joe Torre's job rests on the Yankees somehow overcoming the 2-0 deficit they face in this series against the Indians. &qu…

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CLEVELAND -- There's a lot to stew on if you're a Yankees fan. One loss away from a third straight division series exit, the Bronx Bombers play Game Three against the Indians Sunday night at home. And they better find something in their bats. How can this be happening again, especially to Alex Rodriguez? The best offense in the game has four runs and eight hits in 20 in…

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CLEVELAND -- Keep refreshing this thread for updates on Game Two of the division series. For openers: Yankees fan LeBron James is not supposed to be here tonight because the Cavaliers have an intrasquad training camp scrimmage in Akron. James has been getting crushed here on talk radio all day. A couple minutes before the first pitch, fans on the jumbotron got a huge cheer…

CLEVELAND -- Not much change on the lineup cards for Game Two of the division series. The Yankees flip-flopped Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada against Cleveland righty Fausto Carmona while the Indians kept left-handed Kenny Lofton in the lineup and inserted Jason Michaels against Andy Pettitte.         New York         &nbs…

CLEVELAND -- The notebook is pretty full as we get set for Game Two of the division series at Jacobs Field, where it's sunny and in the mid-80s. Is this July or October? Anyway, here's a look at some of the pregame chatter: ---Good karma for Yankees fans? In the Bombers' last six trips to the division series, the LOSING team in Game One has won the series every time. ---…

Teams not in the playoffs are starting to release their 2008 home schedules and Buffalo-area fans are going to have some great second-half options at the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Blue Jays' 08 home slate is a pretty juicy one down the stretch. The home opener is Friday, April 4 against the Red Sox, the first of a three-game series. But that's the only time the Sox or …

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CLEVELAND -- No way anybody could have expected what happened Thursday as the Indians pounded the Yankees, 12-3, in the opener of the American League Division Series. The Tribe outhit the Yanks, 14-5, got four home runs, four shutout innings from its bullpen and a gritty start from C.C. Sabathia (left), who endured 114 pitches in five innings but was much better than fell…

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CLEVELAND -- This is the place to watch during Game One as we'll have updates and some chatter on the opener of the Indians-Yankees series. Refresh this thread for new entries: Top-9th: It's 12-3 after a Ryan Garko solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. The Jake fans are chanting "Yankees stink" or something like that (figure it out). This one's over. More late…

CLEVELAND -- Filtering through the notebook in the final hour before the first pitch of Game One between the Yankees and Indians: ---Managers have a tough schedule prior to postseason games. Indians skipper Eric Wedge had separate meetings with the broadcast crews from TBS and ESPN Radio more than four hours before gametime. Then came a session in his office with print r…

CLEVELAND -- No big surprises in the starting lineups for Game One of the division series between the Indians and Yankees here in Jacobs Field. Joe Torre announced yesterday that Hideki Matsui would DH and Johnny Damon would be in left field. The other main item of note is that Doug Mientkiewicz is at first base and Jason Giambi is out against Cleveland lefty C.C. Sabathia…

CLEVELAND -- The Indians finalized their division series roster this morning and there weren't too many surprises. The most notable ex-Bison inclusion was that of left-hander Aaron Laffey, who the Tribe put on the 25-man list with the idea it could use him out of the bullpen either in long relief or in a situation where a double play is in order because Laffey is a groundb…

In Wednesday's sports section, you can check out the rundown of Parity Central, better known as the Major League Baseball playoffs. There are seven new teams from 2006, and four that haven't won the World Series in this decade. That could make eight champions in eight seasons since we hit the year 2000. Here's the recap of my choices for the division series: Indians vs. …

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In Tuesday's Sports section, we took an in-depth look at the made-in-Buffalo Indians -- a team filled with players, coaches and a manager who were Bisons within the last 10 years. All the Dunn Tire Park-era connections, particularly from the Herd's beloved 2004 International League championship team, makes the Indians-Yankees division series matchup easily the most intrigu…

That was one wild finish to the season -- my symapthy to Mets fans for the lifelong nightmare they'll live -- and the schedule is not even over yet as the Padres and Rockies have to play Monday at 7:30 to snap the tie for the NL wild card. The division series opens Wednesday and I'm only paying serious attention to one of the four matchups. Yes, I know there are plenty of…