|2012 New York Yankees|
|American League East Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Yankee Global Enterprises|
|General manager(s)||Brian Cashman|
|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)
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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.
Note: Pos = position
|American League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Yankees||95||67||0.586||--||51-30||44-37|
|Tampa Bay Rays||90||72||0.556||5||46-35||44-37|
|Toronto Blue Jays||73||89||0.451||22||41-40||32-49|
|Boston Red Sox||69||93||0.426||26||34-47||35-46|
|New York Yankees||95||67||0.586|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Tampa Bay Rays||90||72||0.556||3|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||89||73||0.549||4|
|Chicago White Sox||85||77||0.525||8|
|Toronto Blue Jays||73||89||0.451||20|
|Kansas City Royals||72||90||0.444||21|
|Boston Red Sox||69||93||0.426||24|
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. 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.
|Yankees win||Yankees loss||Game postponed|
|Yankees win||Yankees loss||Game postponed|
The Yankees took on the Baltimore Orioles in the Division Series.
|WP: CC Sabathia (1-0) LP: Jim Johnson (0-1)
NYY: Russell Martin (1)
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.
|WP: Wei-Yin Chen (1-0) LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1) Sv: Jim Johnson (1)|
|WP: David Robertson (1-0) LP: Brian Matusz (0-1)
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.
|WP: Pedro Strop (1-0) LP: David Phelps (0-1) Sv: Jim Johnson (2)
BAL: Nate McLouth (1)
|WP: CC Sabathia (1-0) LP: Jason Hammel (0-1)
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.
The Yankees were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the Championship Series.
|WP: Drew Smyly (1-0) LP: David Phelps (0-1)
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.
|WP: Aníbal Sánchez (1-0) LP: Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) Sv: Phil Coke (1)|
|WP: Justin Verlander (1-0) LP: Phil Hughes (0-1) Sv: Phil Coke (2)
NYY: Eduardo Núñez (1)
DET: Delmon Young (2)
|WP: Max Scherzer (1-0) LP: CC Sabathia (0-1)
DET: Miguel Cabrera (1), Jhonny Peralta 2 (2), Austin Jackson (1)
|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|