2012 New York Yankees season

2012 New York Yankees
American League East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 95–67 (.586)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Yankee Global Enterprises
General manager(s) Brian Cashman
Manager(s) Joe Girardi
Local television YES Network
(Play-by-play: Michael Kay; Analysts: Ken Singleton, David Cone, John Flaherty, Al Leiter, Paul O'Neill, Lou Piniella)
Local radio New York Yankees Radio Network
(John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman)[1]
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The 2012 New York Yankees season was the 112th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees began the season in St. Petersburg, Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 6. They finished the season 95-67, 1st place in the AL East. They began their post-season run by beating the Baltimore Orioles in five games in the Division Series. They advanced to play the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, but were swept in four games by the Tigers.

The Yankees hit at least one home run in 131 of their regular season games, an MLB record for the most team games with a home run in a single season.[2]

Pre-season/Season personnel moves

  • On October 31, 2011, the New York Yankees agreed to a contract extension with (LHP) CC Sabathia for 5 years, worth $122M guaranteed. There is also a vesting option for a 6th year that could push the total contract value to $142M.
  • On December 9, 2011, the New York Yankees signed (RHP) Freddy Garcia to a one-year contract worth $4M, plus incentives.
  • On December 30, 2011, the New York Yankees signed (DH) Andruw Jones to a one-year contract worth $2M, with an extra $1.4M in potential incentives.
  • On January 23, the New York Yankees acquired (RHP) Michael Pineda and minor league prospect (RHP) Jose Campos in exchange for top prospect (C) Jesús Montero and (RHP) Hector Noesi.
  • On January 24, the Yankees held a press conference officially announcing the retirement of longtime Yankees catcher Jorge Posada.
  • On January 26, the New York Yankees signed (RHP) Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year contract worth $10M.
  • On February 19, the New York Yankees traded (RHP) A. J. Burnett to the Pirates for $13M cash, minor league pitcher Diego Moreno and minor league oufielder Excardo Ciones.
  • On February 21, the New York Yankees signed (DH) Raúl Ibañez to a one-year contract worth $1.1M, with plate appearance incentives bringing the potential value up to a maximum of $4M.
  • On February 22, the New York Yankees signed (RHP) David Aardsma to a one-year contract worth $500k, plus another $500k in incentives. The deal also included a club option for 2013 worth $500k.
  • On February 27, the New York Yankees signed (INF) Eric Chavez to a one-year contract worth $900k, plus incentives.
  • On March 16, the New York Yankees signed (LHP) Andy Pettitte to a one-year Minor League contract, worth $2.5 million.
  • July 2012: Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki in a trade for two minor league pitchers.
  • On August 12, 2012 the New York Yankees signed a contract with (RHP) Derek Lowe


2012 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Starters by position

Note: Pos = position

Pos Player
CRussell Martin
1BMark Teixeira
2BRobinson Canó
3BAlex Rodriguez
SSDerek Jeter
LFBrett Gardner
CFCurtis Granderson
RFIchiro Suzuki
DHRaúl Ibañez

Regular season

Season standings

American League East

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 9567 0.586 51–30 44–37
Baltimore Orioles 9369 0.574 2 47–34 46–35
Tampa Bay Rays 9072 0.556 5 46–35 44–37
Toronto Blue Jays 7389 0.451 22 41–40 32–49
Boston Red Sox 6993 0.426 26 34–47 35–46

American League Wild Card

Division Winners W L Pct.
New York Yankees 9567 0.586
Oakland Athletics 9468 0.580
Detroit Tigers 8874 0.543
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 9369 0.574
Texas Rangers 9369 0.574
Tampa Bay Rays 9072 0.556 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8973 0.549 4
Chicago White Sox 8577 0.525 8
Seattle Mariners 7587 0.463 18
Toronto Blue Jays 7389 0.451 20
Kansas City Royals 7290 0.444 21
Boston Red Sox 6993 0.426 24
Cleveland Indians 6894 0.420 25
Minnesota Twins 6696 0.407 27

Record vs. opponents

Kansas City4–53–412–610–85–134–57–113–45–41–74–24–52–68–10
Los Angeles7–26–05–34–55–55–46–34–59–1011–81–910–94–412–6
New York9–913–52–55–16–44–35–44–35–56–38–104–311–713–5
Tampa Bay8–109–93–44–42–52–49–15–110–84–56–45–414–49–9


On April 13 the Yankees won their home opener against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons.

On April 20, against their arch-rival Boston Red Sox during the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park, Alex Rodriguez hit his 631st career home-run, passing former teammate Ken Griffey, Jr. for sole possession of 5th on the all-time list.


On July 23, the Yankees agreed to a trade that acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for DJ Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.[3] On July 27 the Yankees won their 60th game, the first team to do so.


On October 3, during the last game of the season, the Yankees clinched their 18th American League East title when the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 4–1. The Yankees went on to win their game against the Boston Red Sox, 14–2, giving them the best record in the American League, and home-field advantage for the American League playoffs.

Game log

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Game Log

Postseason Game log

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2012 Postseason Game Log


Division Series

The Yankees took on the Baltimore Orioles in the Division Series.

Game 1, October 7

6:07 p.m. (EDT) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland (moved to 8:47 p.m. EDT due to rain delay)

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WP: CC Sabathia (1–0)   LP: Jim Johnson (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Russell Martin (1)
BAL: None

The Yankees struck first in the first inning when Derek Jeter singled and Ichiro Suzuki doubled scoring Jeter for the game's first run, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning Orioles outfielder Chris Davis singled, followed by a Lew Ford single, a Robert Andino sac fly, and a single by Nate McLouth gave the O's a 2-1 lead. Then in the top of the 4th the Yankees tied the game at 2 with a Mark Teixeira single with two men on. The game remained tied going into the ninth inning until a lead off home run by Russell Martin pushed the Yankees ahead 3-2. Singles by Raúl Ibañez, Derek Jeter, and Ichiro Suzuki all singled back-to-back-to-back scoring Ibañez giving the Yanks 4-2 lead. Canó doubled scoring Jeter and Ichiro. Nick Swisher hit a sac fly to score Cano, making the score 7-2. David Robertson came on to get the final out of the game, giving the Yankees the win and a one-game to nothing lead.

Game 2, October 8

8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland (moved to 8:47 p.m. EDT due to rain delay)

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WP: Wei-Yin Chen (1–0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1)   Sv: Jim Johnson (1)

Game 3, October 10

7:37 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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WP: David Robertson (1–0)   LP: Brian Matusz (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: Ryan Flaherty (1), Manny Machado (1)
NYY: Raúl Ibañez 2 (2)

Baltimore got on the board first with a Ryan Flaherty solo home run in the top of the third inning, giving the Orioles a 1–0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Yankees got on the board with Russell Martin double followed by a Derek Jeter triple tying the game at 1. The game remained tied until the top of the fifth inning when a Manny Machado solo home run gave the Orioles a 2–1 lead. The score remained the same until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Yankees manager Joe Girardi pinch hint Raúl Ibañez for Alex Rodriguez. On the second pitch of the at bat, Ibañez crushed a home run into the right field bleachers to tie the game at 2. The score remained 2–2 going into the bottom of the 12th inning, until Ibañez came up to bat again crushing a walk-off home run into the upper deck in right field, giving the Yankees a 3–2 victory and a 2–1 lead in the series. Raúl Ibañez became the first player in Major League history to homer twice in a postseason game that he did not start.

Game 4, October 11

7:37 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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WP: Pedro Strop (1–0)   LP: David Phelps (0–1)   Sv: Jim Johnson (2)
Home runs:
BAL: Nate McLouth (1)
NYY: None

Game 5, October 12

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

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WP: CC Sabathia (1–0)   LP: Jason Hammel (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: None
NYY: Curtis Granderson (1)

The Yankees clinched a trip to the ALCS for the third time in four years with a 3–1 win. CC Sabathia gave the Yankees his second big performance of the series, pitching a complete game, giving up one run on four hits while striking out nine. The only nervous moments came in the sixth, when a long fly ball by Nate McLouth just barely went foul and the eighth, when the Orioles loaded the bases with one out, but Sabathia got out of the jam by striking out McLouth and getting J. J. Hardy to ground out.

The Yankees scored first in the fifth, when Game 3 hero Raúl Ibañez singled to score Mark Teixeira. The Yankees tacked on some insurance in the sixth on an Ichiro Suzuki double and a Curtis Granderson home run in the seventh. It proved enough, as CC got Matt Wieters to ground out for the final out, sending the Yankees to a chance to play for the pennant versus the Detroit Tigers.

American League Championship Series

The Yankees were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the Championship Series.

Game 1

Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York[5]

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WP: Drew Smyly (1–0)   LP: David Phelps (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: Delmon Young (1)
NYY: Ichiro Suzuki (1), Raúl Ibañez (1)

The Yankees managed to come back from a 4-0 deficit in the 9th inning to tie it. The rally culminated with a Raul Ibanez 2-run home run. However, the rally would stall there. Then, during extra innings, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter broke his left ankle while diving for a groundball in the 12th inning. The Yankees were already down 5-4 at that point, and the Yankees would later lose the game. The injury would haunt the Yankees for the rest of the series.[6]

Game 2

Sunday, October 14, 2012 – 4:07 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York[7]

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WP: Aníbal Sánchez (1–0)   LP: Hiroki Kuroda (0–1)   Sv: Phil Coke (1)

Game 3

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – 8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan[8]

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WP: Justin Verlander (1–0)   LP: Phil Hughes (0–1)   Sv: Phil Coke (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Eduardo Núñez (1)
DET: Delmon Young (2)

Game 4

Thursday, October 18, 2012 – 4:07 p.m. (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – 8:07 p.m. (EDT) and was postponed due to rain[9]

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WP: Max Scherzer (1–0)   LP: CC Sabathia (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
DET: Miguel Cabrera (1), Jhonny Peralta 2 (2), Austin Jackson (1)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Empire State Yankees International League Dave Miley
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League Tony Franklin
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Luis Sojo
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Carlos Mendoza
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Justin Pope
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Tom Nieto


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