The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ended their losing streak against the Boston Red Sox, and it took five hours and nineteen minutes to do so. Both starting pitchers faltered, giving up four runs each in less-than-five-inning efforts. The story of the night was relief pitching – a total of 12.1 scoreless innings between both pens. The halos would have the final say behind an Erick Aybar RBI single in the top of the 12th. The Sox were not able to answer the run, and lost their first postseason game against the Angels since 1986.
Sunday night’s loss means that the Sox will be playing game 4 of the American League Division Series on Monday night at 8:37pm. Tickets are available now!
The fifth week of NFL play was one of the best yet. Both the New York Giants and Titans remained undefeated while the Bills dropped their first game of the year.
10/5/08Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) 0 Carolina Panthers (4-1) 34 – The Panthers shut out the Chiefs while Delhomme threw for two touchdowns and 236 yards.
Chicago Bears (3-2) 34 Detroit Lions (0-4) 7 – Its not getting any easier for the Lions. The Bears got over .500 with a nice win.
Miami Dolphins (2-2) 17 San Diego Chargers (2-3) 10 – Pennington led the Dolphins to a win with 228 passing yards.
Washington Redskins (4-1) 23 Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) 17 – The Redskins continued their recent surge with another big win in the NFC East. McNabb was held to only 196 yards with no TD passes.
Atlanta Falcons (3-2) 27 Green Bay Packers (2-3) 24 – Despite a 313 yard, two touchdown pass day, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were unable to get past the Falcons.
Tennessee Titans (5-0) 13 Baltimore Ravens (2-2) 10 – The Titans remained undefeated after holding Baltimore to just 10 points this Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts (2-2) 31 Houston Texans (0-4) 27 – The Texans were so close to their first win and a huge upset before Manning led the Colts on an unbelievable 3 touchdown spurt with just over 2 minutes left in the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) 13 Denver Broncos (4-1) 16 – Cutler’s 227 passing yards were all the Broncos needed to beat Tampa.
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) 41 Buffalo Bills (4-1) 17 – The Bills were finally beaten today and badly at that. Warner led the Cardinals to a rout with two TDs and 250 passing yards.
New York Giants (4-0) 44 Seattle Seahawks (1-3) 6 – The Giants were great all around in their big win over the Seahawks at Giants Stadium. The G-Men are still undefeated.
Dallas Cowboys (4-1) 31 Cincinatti Bengals (0-5) 22 – The Cowboys bounced back from last week’s upset to keep the Bengals winless.
New England Patriots (3-1) 30 San Francisco 49ers (2-3) 21 – The Patriots were back in stride with a much needed win in San Fran.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) 26 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) 21 - The Steeler improved their record on Sunday night with a close win over the Jaguars.
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Minnesota Vikings (2-3) 30 vs New Orleans Saints (2-3) 27 – The Vikings edged out the injury plagued Saints on Monday night with a 4th Quarter field goal in the final 20 seconds.
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The Chicago Cubs were never in it. They didn’t choke, didn’t have bad luck, they just never showed up. Saturday’s 3-1 victory by the Dodgers complete the three game sweep of yet another Cubs team with high expectations. Their Championship drought now stands at 100 years as Lou Piniella’s playoff record with the Cubs drops to 0-6.
“This is six games I’ve managed now in the postseason and we have scored just 12 runs. That doesn’t get it done”, said Piniella according to ESPN.com.
For the other side, the Dodgers have a much different story. Counted out for much of the year their 2nd half resurgence, thanks in large part to Manny Ramirez, has put them in position to shock everyone in their path. Manager Joe Torre seems to have this Dodgers team focused and motivated. Torre is no stranger to postseason play with now 79 playoff wins under his belt. The first 76 of course came with the Yankees. His last three however remind you more of his first postseason go around with the Yankees in 1996. That team not yet a super star ladened lineup were more the underdog than favorite. Either way if Torre and the Dodgers have their way, Torre will be celebrating his 87th postseason victory come the end of October.
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The NHL opened its 2008-2009 season in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday with the New York Rangers playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two teams will also play on Sunday 10/5. The opening game went to the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday. The Rangers got goals from Markus Naslund and Brandon Dubinsky. This season marks the second year in a row that the NHL has opened in Europe. This years games in the Czech Republic were expected to have extra appeal with Jaromir Jagr as a member of the New York Rangers. However Jagr was not signed by the Rangers or any NHL team this year and instead opted to sign in Russia.
After Sunday’s second game in Prague against the Lightning, the Rangers will get a few days off before returning to Madison Square Garden on Friday to hose the Chicago Blackhawks.
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On Thursday the Brewers sent ace CC Sabathia to the mound, hoping that he could lead the NL Wild Card winners to a 1-1 tie in the NLDS. Phillies’ centerfielder Shane Victorino had other plans. Having already gotten a hit off of Sabathia in the previous inning, Victorino stepped to the plate in the second with the bases loaded and a run already in. Victorino put Philadelphia ahead for good with a towering grand-slam homer to left field. Sabathia lasted just 3 2/3 innings, throwing 98 pitches and giving up five runs on six hits and four walks.
Phillies starter Brett Myers had a shaky first inning; giving up an RBI double to JJ Hardy to give the Brewers the early lead. Myers would settle down and throw seven solid innings to lead the Phils to 2-0 in the series.
Game 3 of the NLDS matchup between the Phillies on Brewers will be at Miller Park on October 4th at 6:30pm.
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The Chicago Cubs, the “best team in the National League” find themselves on the brink of elimination in the NLDS. Despite having the home field advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cubs have looked woeful at home in games 1 and 2. Game 2 was especially bad for the Cubs defense. Every infielder had an error and the Cubs found themselves down 5-0 because of it at the end of the 2nd inning. Four of those five runs were un-earned. According to ESPN.com, Manager Lou Piniella was anything but impressed.
“It wasn’t good baseball. In fact, the last two days, that’s probably been the two worst games we’ve played all year. It wasn’t fun to watch, I’ll tell you that.”
The Cubs now face the uphill battle that only the 2001 Yankees have overcome in Division Series play. Their focus however is only on the next game. In game 3 in L.A. they will send Rich Harden to the mound to face Hiroki Kuroda. If the Chicago Cubs are eliminated, it will put their Championship drought at 100 years.
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If history has an impact on their emotions, I’m sure the Angels were quite disappointed to draw the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Despite winning eight of the nine games between the teams this year, the Angels have been swept by the Red Sox in their last two playoff matchups in 2004 and 2007 and have won the last 10 overall playoff games since 1986. You could see history repeating itself last night as the Red Sox continued their playoff dominance with a 4-1 victory in Los Angeles.
Jon Lester got the win for the Red Sox with a masterful 7 inning performance with 7 K’s and 6 hits. John Lackey took the loss for the Angels despite pitching really well. Lackey’s lone mistake was a two out, two run homer to Jason Bay. Bay’s go ahead homer was good enough for the win but the Sox were able to tack on some insurance runs in the 9th inning. Jonathan Papelbon got the save for the Red Sox.
Game 2 of the series is on Friday night and will feature Ervin Santana for the Angels vs Daisuke Matsuzaka for the Red Sox. The series will shift to Boston’s Fenway Park on Sunday and Monday (if necessary) for games 3 and 4. Red Sox playoff tickets are available for these games and all potential Sox playoff games including the World Series. You will get a full refund on any tickets purchased for playoff games that are not played.
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The Dodgers piled on the runs to defeat the Chicago Cubs in game 1 of their NLDS. Trailing 2-0 in the 5th inning, James Loney hit a grand slam to give the Dodgers the lead for good. Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin would later add solo shots to pad the Los Angeles lead. The shocked Cubs crowd was silent throughout the onslaught. The Cubs are hoping to shrug off the obvious stat that the team that wins game 1 in the division series often goes on to win the series.
The Cubs send Carlos Zambrano to the hill on Thursday night and hope to even things up in front of the home crowd at Wrigley. With the best record in baseball this year, there are high expectations for this Cubs club.
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Three runs in the 3rd inning was all the Philadelphia Phillies needed to get their first postseason win in 15 years. Cole Hamels pitched a gem for Philly going 8 strong innings with 9 strikeouts. Chase Utley’s two run double gave the Phillies the lead for good in the 3rd.
In Thursday’s game 2 the Milwaukee Brewers will throw their ace, C.C. Sabathia on three days rest as the Brewers try to pull even in this NLDS. The Phillies will have Brett Myers on the hill.
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With the Tampa Bay Rays taking the top spot in the American League East and the Sox taking the AL Wild Card, Boston will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first round of the postseason. The Sox were 1-8 against the Angels this season, winning only their first matchup at Fenway, back on April 22nd. Sox Ace Josh Beckett was scratched from game one, and pushed back to game 3 on Sunday in Boston due to an oblique injury. His counterpart, Angels hurler John Lackey, does not seem to be in good shape himself either. Lackey was roughed up for ten runs in just 2.2 innings by the Texas Rangers.
The Sox will send John Lester to the mound to start game 1. Lester has had an impressive year, going 16-6 in 33 starts; 5-1 in his last 6. The Sox also have question marks in Mike Lowell and JD Drew, both of which who have been bothered by injury. They are both assumed to be on the ALDS roster, but Lowell is still considered a game-time decision.
Pitching MatchupsGame 1 @ LA – 10/1/2008 – John Lackey vs Jon Lester
Game 2 @ LA – 10/3/2008- Ervin Santana vs Daisuke Matsuzaka
Game 3 @ Boston – 10/5/2008 – Joe Saunders vs Josh Beckett
Game 4 @ Boston – 10/6/2008 – TBA vs TBA*
Game 5 @ LA – 10/8/2008 – TBA vs TBA*
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Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Paul Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Tim Wakefield
Jason Varitek, Kevin Cash, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie, Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Coco Crisp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Kotsay, JD Drew, David Ross
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ALDS Roster
John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Jon Garland, Jered Weaver, Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields, Darren Oliver, Jose Arredondo, Kevin Jepsen.
Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood, Jeff Mathis, Chone Figgins, Garret Anderson, Kendry Morales, Juan Rivera, Gary Mathews Jr., Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero, Robb Quinlan, Mike Napoli, Howie Kendrick, Torii Hunter, Reggie Willits.
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