ELIAS SAYS ...
• Alex Rodriguez, who had 121 RBI during the regular season, started in the eighth slot in the Yankees' batting order on Saturday. No player with as many as 121 RBI in the preceding regular season had ever before started in the bottom third (seventh, eighth or ninth) of his team's lineup during a postseason game. The previous record was held by Gil Hodges, who batted seventh for Brooklyn in the first two games of the 1949 World Series against the Yankees, after driving in 115 runs during the regular season.
• Jeremy Bonderman had a perfect game until Robinson Cano singled to start the sixth inning. In the past 20 years, only one other pitcher was perfect through at least the first five innings of a postseason game: Mike Mussina, who had a potential perfect game broken up with one out in the seventh inning in Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS on a double by Boston's Mark Bellhorn.
• For the first time in the history of their franchise, the Yankees have lost three consecutive postseason series (the 2004 ALCS and the ALDS in both 2005 and 2006).
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