The 2008 MLB playoff picture is finally set as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Twins in playoff to determine the AL Central Division winner. The White Sox only need one run in a pitching dominated game last night. A home-run by Jim Thome in the 7th inning was all the offense required for Chicago as John Danks pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two hits.
Ken Griffey Jr. also made a huge play, throwing out Cuddyer at home plate to preserve the win. The tired White Sox will now head to Tampa to face the AL East Division winning Tampa Bay Rays. Game 1 of this series takes place on Thursday at 2:30pm in Tampa.
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What will the Yankees do in October? Since 1995 the answer was simple, play baseball. However 2008 marks the first time since 1995 that the New York Yankees will not be in the playoffs. For Derek Jeter its the first time in his MLB career that he is not playing baseball in October. With the playoff streak broken you can bet the bank that the Yankees will try to reload this off-season.
The first step in preparing for next year is now done. The Yankees signed General Manager Brian Cashman to an extension through 2011. According to ESPN.com Cashman said, “I’ve got a job to finish here”. The Yankees are still a very talented team and will likely benefit from some pitching upgrades. Many speculate that the Yankees will make a play for C.C. Sabathia, the best free agent pitcher on the market for 2009. Other Pitching options could include Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett.
The New York Yankees will also benefit greatly if they can stay healthy. Injuries to Wang, Posada and Chamberlain definitely contributed to New York’s woes this season. They should expect a better year at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009. Only time will tell though.
2009 New York Yankees tickets will be available in December of 2008.
9/28/08Carolina Panthers (3-1) 24 Atlanta Falcons (2-2) 9- Delhomme led the Panthers over the Falcons with two touchdown passes.
New York Jets (2-2) 56 Arizona Cardinals (3-1) 35 – Brett Favre bounced back from last weeks bad showing with a career high six touchdown passes.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) 33 Denver Broncos (3-1) 19 – Kansas City finally got their first win, upsetting the Broncos in the process.
Cleveland Browns (1-3) 20 Cincinnati Bengals (0-4) 12 – In the battle of winless teams the Bengals fell even further in the abyss and now stand at 0-4.
Tennessee Titans (4-0) 30 Minnesota Vikings (1-3) 17 – The Titans defense led them to their first 4-0 start in franchise history.
New Orleans Saints (2-2) 31 San Francisco 49ers (2-2) 17- Drew Brees had a big day leading the Saints over the 49ers.
Tampa Bay Bucs (3-1) 30 Green Bay Packers (2-2) 21 – Rodgers and the Packers were not match for a tough Bucs defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) 30 Houston Texans (0-3) 27 – The Jaguars took this one in OT on a field goal.
San Diego Chargers (2-2) 28 Oakland Raiders (1-3) 18 – The Raiders continue to struggle in the 4th quarter.
Buffalo Bills (4-0) 31 St. Louis Rams (0-4) 14 – Two teams headed in different directions. The Bills stayed undefeated with a decisive victory over the Rams.
Washington Redskins (3-1) 26 Dallas Cowboys (3-1) 24 – The Redskins surprised the Cowboys despite a 300 yard passing day for Romo.
Chicago Bears (2-2) 24 Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) 20 – The Bears were able to hold off the Eagles to grab a 4 point win.
9/29/08 Monday Night FootballPittsburgh Steelers (3-1) 23 Baltimore Ravens (2-1) 20 – The Steelers survived an awful 1st half, eventually getting the win in OT.
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Troy Brown of the New England Patriots announced his retirment this week. Brown who hasn’t played this year and only played in one game in 2007 has played his entire 15 year career with the Patriots. He leaves as the team record holder for receptions with 557.
New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress was suspended by the team for missing practice this week without notifying the team ahead of time. Burress will also pay fines of over $235,000. Burress is appealing the decision and is anxious to return to the practice field. Coach Coughlin is not concerned that the incident will be distracting for the team.
The Detroit Lions fired President Matt Millen this week. Millen was largely viewed as a disappointment for the Lions. In his seven years with the team the Lions posted a 31-84 record.
Vince Young is working his way back from a knee injury. Once healthy the Titans plan to keep him as the back up to QB Kerry Collins.
The Boston Red Sox may have had the champagne on ice Monday, but they finally got to break it open on Tuesday night. Boston bested AL Cy Young favorite Cliff Lee to ensure their trip to the postseason for the fifth time in six years. Thanks to a Jason Bay RBI single in the fifth and a dominating four-out save from Jonathan Papelbon, the Sox punched their ticket for the postseason.
The Sox started it off with a two run homer by Kevin Youkilis in the fourth inning. Cliff Lee managed to get out of the inning without any further damage. The Indians fired right back in the next inning, with a Grady Sizemore RBI single, a run on a Jamey Carroll fielder’s choice, and two RBI doubles from Shin-Soo Choo and Jhonny Peralta.
Boston battled right back. In the bottom of the inning Dustin Pedrioa hit a long double that scored Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury. Jason Bay (who has never been to the postseason) drove in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle.
“Not that you need any incentive, but sometimes somebody gets walked in front of you, you want it a little extra,” Bay told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “It was nice to get it, and to have it hold up. The bullpen came through huge, and it held up. My hit at that point put us ahead, but you look at David [Ortiz], you look at Youk, you look at [Pedroia]. Everybody pitched in today, and that’s kind of the way it’s been since I’ve been here.”
The Sox bullpen served up three scoreless innings split between Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson, Javier Lopez, and Papelbon’s dramatic save. Despite his recent troubles with innherited runners, Papelbon got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 8th then returned to retire the side. He needed only 9 pitches to strike out two and induce the game-ending flyout.
The Sox celebrated emphatically, with Papelbon literally stealing bases off the field and handing them to fans. Ortiz was in his trademark swim-goggles, and the entire team did the customary jumping up and down celebration in the middle of the field before retiring to the clubhouse for the champagne.
Boston Red Sox playoff tickets are now onsale for all potential games including the World Series. If you purchase tickets for a game that is never played you will get a full refund. As of right now all Red Sox playoff game dates and times are subject to change depending on opponent and series type. See possible scenarios below.
The Sox lie 3 games behind the Rays with six games left; Boston is likely looking at a Wild Card berth and a match-up against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There are two possible schedules for the American League Division Series, which will be chosen by the team with the best record.
ALDS A Game 1 Thurs., Oct. 2
ALDS A Game 2 Fri., Oct. 3
ALDS A Game 3 Sun., Oct. 5
ALDS A Game 4 Mon., Oct. 6
ALDS A Game 5 Wed., Oct. 8
ALDS B Game 1 Wed., Oct. 1
ALDS B Game 2 Fri., Oct. 3
ALDS B Game 3 Sun., Oct. 5
ALDS B Game 4 Mon., Oct. 6
ALDS B Game 5 Wed., Oct. 8
With Jason Bay on second and Jason Varitek on third, the Sox were poised to make a comeback against the Indians on Monday night. Instead, a ball that seemed like it was headed for the left field corner bounced off of third-base umpire Gerry Davis. Indians 3B Jamey Carroll made an easy play, and caught the scrambling Sox off guard.
Bay, who had seen Carroll grab the ball and throw to home, headed back to third base. Unfortunately, Varitek was barreling to third with his head down. Bay, with nowhere to go, was tagged out to end the threat.
“At that point, like I said, it was already messed up” Bay said to Ian Browne at MLB.com “It was unfortunate. It’s part of the game. Nobody is trying to do that. We had more opportunities later on to score more runs. You can’t look at that as the only chance.”
The other big chance for the Sox was in the Seventh. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia had both gotten on with singles. Kevin Youkilis hit a high double to score a run, and Bay worked a walk to load the bases. Facing Indians reliever Rafael Betancourt, Jed Lowrie had a chance to give the sox a lead. Lowrie struck out looking, and Mark Kotsay flew out to end the inning.
Lowrie also had a chance to give the Sox a win in the ninth. With Bay on second and Youkilis at third, it would have only taken a base hit for the Sox to walk off with the win. Lowrie struck out on three pitches to end the game.
Baserunners being stranded was the name of the game Monday. The Sox stranded 12, and only managed two hits with runners in scoring position (both by Youkilis). With Jed Lowrie cooling back off, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz ramping up their offense is important with the Sox knocking on October’s door.
Josh Beckett had a less than stellar outing, going 6 innings and giving up 4 runs on 7 hits, a walk, and uncharacteristic 3 hit batters. Javier Lopez, Justin Masterson, and Hideki Okajima combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief with 1 hit and three strikeouts. The Sox still need just one win (or a Yankees loss) to clinch a playoff spot.
Starting Aces 9/23/08 – Cliff Lee, (CLE 22-2, 2.41) vs Tim Wakefield, (BOS 9-11, 4.18). Game is at 7:05pm ET on NESN/WRKO.
The last MLB game played at the old Yankee Stadium happened last night on 9/21/2008 against the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees will finish up their 2008 season on the road and will not make a playoff appearance this year. Sadly that means the old stadium is basically finished. The Yankees went out in style at home though, with a great pre-game ceremony featuring some great Yankees from the past including Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson. They also managed to close out the Stadium with a 7-3 win over the Orioles. At the conclusion of the game, captain Derek Jeter addressed the crowd and led the Yankees in a walk around the Stadium to honor the fans.
The soon to be famous “Lasts” at Yankee Stadium:
Last Game Played at Yankee Stadium: 9/21/08 Yankees beat Orioles 7-3.
Last Homerun at Yankee Stadium: Jose Molina 2 run homer in 4th inning on 9/21.
Last Strikeout at Yankee Stadium: Recorded by Phil Coke of the NYY against Aubrey Huff, 7th inning.
Last Out Made at Yankee Stadium: M. Rivera pitching, Brian Roberts grounded out to first base.
Last Run Scored at Yankee Stadium: Sac fly by Robinson Cano in 7th inning, B. Gardner Scores.
Other Notes: Andy Pettite recorded his 2,000th Strikout in the game. The Yankees are technically not eliminated from the playoffs with their win last night.
In week 3 the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans all improved to 3-0. Meanwhile the Miami Dolphins trampled the New England Patriots’ defense en route to a big win at Gillette Stadium. Check full NFL week 3 results below. Get NFL tickets for all remaining 2008-2009 NFL games.
9/21/08Atlanta Falcons (2-1) 38 Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) 14 – QB Ryan threw for 192 yards in leading the Falcons to their 2nd win of the year. The Chiefs start their season 0-3.
Buffalo Bills (3-0) 24 Oakland Raiders (1-2) 23 - The Bills are off to a strong start that no one expected. With the Rams up next they have a great shot at starting 4-0.
Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1) 27 Chicago Bears (1-2) 24 - Despite 3 interceptions, QB Griese threw for 407 yards and two touchdowns in the Buc’s narrow win over the Raiders.
Tennessee Titans (3-0) 31 Houston Texans (0-2) 12 – The Titans got off to a great start with their 3rd win of the season.
Minnesota Vikings (1-2) 20 Carolina Panthers (2-1) 10 - The Vikings finally got their 1st win of the year in a 20-10 victory over Carolina.
Miami Dolphins (1-2) 38 Patriots (2-1) 13 - Ronnie Brown had his way with the Patriots defense, rushing for 4 TD’s and throwing the Dolpins other TD. Can’t blame Matt Cassell for the Defense.
New York Giants (3-0) 26 Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) 23 - The Giants and Bengals are headed in opposite directions. The Giants remain undefeated while the Bengals are winless.
Washington Redskins (2-1) 24 Arizona Cardinals (2-1) 17San Francisco49ers (2-1) 31 Detroit Lions (0-3) 12 – The Lions remain winless after a poor effort against the 49ers.
Seattle Seahawks (1-2) 37 St. Louis Rams (0-3) 13 - The St. Louis Rams were just what the Seahawks needed. Seattle got its first win will the Rams dropped to 0-3.
Denver Broncos (3-0) 34 New Orleans Saints (1-2) 32 - The Broncos stay amongst the undefeated with a 2 point win over the Saints.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) 15 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) 6 - The Eagles handed the Steelers their 1st loss of the year behind 196 yards passing by McNabb.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) 23 Indianapolis Colts (1-2) 21 - The Colts are a surprising 1-2 after 3 weeks of play.
Baltimore Ravens (2-0) 28 Cleveland Browns (0-3) 10 - The Browns couldn’t get in the win column this week. The Ravens meanwhile improve to 2-0.
Dallas Cowboys (3-0) 27 Green Bay Packers (2-1) 16 - The Cowboys are establishing themselves as the team to beat in the NFC. They got a huge win over the Packers at Green Bay on Sunday night.
9/22/08 Monday Night Football San Diego Chargers (1-2) 48 New York Jets (1-2) 29 – The Chargers ran it up on the New York Jets Monday night. Despite throwing 3 touchdowns, Brett Favre also threw 2 interceptions in the loss.
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There’s still a good amount of baseball to be played in 2008 for the Red Sox (hopefully thru October!) but the 2009 schedule has now been released along with the entire 2009 MLB schedule. This first edition of the 2009 schedule is subject to change but should be accurate for the most part. Check out some highlights for Red Sox in 2009 and start planning your trips to Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox 2009 Schedule Highlights:
4/6/09 Opening Day vs Tampa Bay Rays – A great way to kick off the ’09 season against new rival Rays.
4/20/09 Marathon Monday Game vs Baltimore Orioles.
4/24/09-4/26/09 The Yankees make their 1st 2009 trip to Fenway Park.
5/22/09-5/24/09 1st Interleague Series of ’09 vs the New York Mets.
6/9/09-6/11/09 Yankees back at Fenway.
7/4/09 Celebrate the 4th with the Sox. They host the Mariners that weekend.
8/21/09-8/23/09 Another visit by those damn Yankees.
9/15/09-9/17/09 The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim come in.
October 2009 – Red Sox Playoffs!
You can view the entire home/away 2009 Red Sox schedule here.
2009 Boston Red Sox tickets will be availabe in Winter of 2008.