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Yankees short hops

Yankees short hops

Wednesday was a forgettable night on several fronts for the Yankees, who were everything in Game 2 of the American League Division Series that they were not in Game 1.

On Tuesday, they were not shut down with runners in scoring position. On Tuesday, they were not a collective rendition of Edward Scissorhands on defense. On Tuesday, they were not left lamenting a wasted solid outing by their starting pitcher.

They were all of that Wednesday, but they're still heading home with the next-best thing to a 2-0 lead: a split on the road.

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 2 of the ALDS.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 2.12 Chien-Ming Wang deserved much better
BA .227 (15-for-66) Three hits in final seven frames Wednesday
BA w/ RISP .250 (4-for-16) 0-for-8 after Robinson Cano double in second
Runs 7 Jorge Posada's homer too little, too late

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Cano 2-for-8, 2 2B, 4 RBIs Another clutch early hit
Posada 2-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI Also singled and walked Wednesday

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Alex Rodriguez 0-for-5, 3 BBs, 0 RBIs Yanks need his power, not walks

Behind the numbers
That Cano has four RBIs in his first two postseason games is good. That the rest of the team has a total of three RBIs is not. The Yankees need their stars to shine when the series shifts to the Bronx.

Frozen moment
With a runner at first and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, Steve Finley bounced a sacrifice bunt high off the plate. Wang got rid of the ball in plenty of time to make the play, but his throw pulled Cano off the bag at first. Both runners scored on Orlando Cabrera's two-out single.

Second guess
With the game tied at 2, Rodriguez led off the top of the seventh with a walk, and with Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui due up, the Bombers looked to be in business. Rodriguez, however, took a chance by trying to steal second and was thrown out. Five pitches later, the inning was over with Matsui in the on-deck circle.

Modern history
The Yankees have lost four of their past six playoff games against the Angels.

Last word
"It was a good idea. I like being aggressive. Just a bad read, I guess."
-- Rodriguez on his ill-fated steal attempt

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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