Tigers ace Justin Verlander grinded through seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits as the Detroit offense came to life in yesterday’s 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. (more)
Cliff Lee struck out eleven batters through nine innings to lift his Texas Rangers past the Tampa Bay Rays in yesterday’s ALDS Game 5 battle at Tropicana Field. After leading the series 2-0, the Rangers found themselves with their backs against the wall as Tampa rallied on the road to even the score. Fortunately for Texas, Lee was there to push his team to the Conference Championship while claiming his sixth consecutive post-season victory in the process.
The Rangers have now won their first ever playoff series during their 50 years as an MLB franchise. “It’s unbelievable. Something we’re proud of because it’s never happened in Texas before,” said MVP candidate Josh Hamilton. “Hopefully, we can take it to the next level.” The Rangers will next host the New York Yankees for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series starting Thursday, October 15th. The series will then shift to Yankee Stadium for three games before returning to Rangers Ballpark for Games 6 and 7 if necessary.
The Yankees fell just one game short of the Rays in the AL East Division after finishing the regular season at 95-67. The defending champs are ready to recapture the title after making a statement in their sweep over the Minnesota Twins. “I think last year was a tremendous year but you know what, you’ve got to move on,” said outfielder Nick Swisher. “It’s 2010 and we’ve got ourselves in a great spot. Different personnel, same attitude.” Game 1 will feature pitchers CC Sabathia and CJ Wilson. Purchase your ALCS tickets right here with us at Ace!
Complete ALCS ScheduleGame 1 Oct. 15 Yankees at Rangers 8:00 pm
Game 2 Oct. 16 Yankees at Rangers 4:00 pm
Game 3 Oct. 18 Rangers at Yankees 8:00 pm
Game 4 Oct. 19 Rangers at Yankees 8:00 pm
Game 5 Oct. 20 Rangers at Yankees 4:00 pm if necessary
Game 6 Oct. 22 Yankees at Rangers 8:00 pm if necessaryGame 7 Oct. 23 Yankees at Rangers 8:00 pm if necessary
Yankees veteran closer Mariano Rivera shut the door on the Los Angeles Angels, letting in just one run off two hits in New York’s final six crucial outs to take the American League Championship Series last night in the Bronx. The Yanks were last seen in the World Series in 2003, when they lost to the Florida Marlins in six games.
“This is what we play for — this is what we set out for in Spring Training,” said starting pitcher Andy Pettitte. “Obviously, to be able to get there and to accomplish that, it’s awesome. I just feel very fortunate and very blessed to be on this team.” Pettitte notched the game win for New York with one run given up in his six innings of work.
Although Los Angeles came up short from advancing themselves, they certainly had a great run this season with 97 regular season wins. They were also able to find a way past the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS series before making New York dig really dig in for the AL Championship.
“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles this season, and we have nothing to hang our heads about,” said Torii Hunter. “We had a great season, and I wish the Yankees luck in the World Series. They’ve got some of my favorite players over there, and I’ll be rooting for them. Why not? I’m an American League guy.”
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The New York Yankees felt as though ending two games in extra innings was quite enough for this year’s American League Championship Series. CC Sabathia allowed just one run in eight innings pitched on three days rest, as the Bronx Bombers powered up the Los Angeles Angels last night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 10-1.
Alex Rodriguez led the lineup with three hits, two RBIs, three runs scored, and one tall jack to left field in the fifth inning. A-Rod has been on fire throughout the entire 2009 postseason. This ALCS alone he is six for sixteen with three homers and five RBIs. His three consecutive games with a home run puts him just one away from sharing a Yankee record along with legends Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson.
“Well, the game slows down for you, no doubt about it,” said Rodriguez. “You feel like you want to see the ball and hit it hard and not try to do too much, but the best way I can describe it is you feel like the game is slowing down.”
The Series will feature one more game in Anaheim before moving back to New York if necessary. A.J. Burnett (Yankees) and John Lackey (Angels) are set to pitch Game 5, which is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:57 PM.
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Another ALCS extra innings thriller in the books between the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees last night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. New York was leading for the majority of the contest, with Derek Jeter starting off the festivities right with a solo home run in the first. The Angels surged back mid-game and finally put the night to rest in the 11th when Jeff Mathis drove in Howie Kendrick with a two-out double for LA to win 5-4.
“There was a lot of great baseball on that field this afternoon,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “There were a lot of twists and turns, and both teams played a terrific game. We just got it done at the end.” The crucial win for LA put them one game behind in the series with Games 4 and 5 to be played on the west coast.
Andy Pettitte and Jered Weaver both pitched solid for their respective clubs, letting up three runs apiece in five plus innings of work. The Yankees already ahead in the series with two wins can only look forward to strengthening their lead tonight.
“It was disappointing (Monday), but I don’t think anyone in here is frustrated,” Damon said. “We know we’re still up in the series and we know we have the big man going (Tuesday), and he’s been pretty good for us.” The ‘Big Man’ he is referring to is ace pitcher CC Sabathia, who will start tonight for the Yanks against the 10-9 Scott Kazmir. Game 4 is scheduled for 7:57 PM.
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The American League Championship Series is set to start this Friday and will feature the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels. New York led the American League this regular season with 103 wins and the AL West Champion Angels followed with a 97-65 record. Both clubs handled their ALDS opponents with ease and surely are excited to continue their October playoff quests.
Yankees veteran catcher Jorge Posada is very satisfied with his team and what they have set themselves up for. “It’s going to come down who is going to pitch best, who is going to hit in the clutch,” Posada said in regard to the upcoming series. “Home-field advantage is going to help a little bit. I think that’s the key to this series, having four games at home is going to change things.”
Starting rotations have not been officially released, but Game 1 will likely showcase a duel between aces CC Sabathia and John Lackey. The 2009 ALCS will serve as the fourth post-season meeting between the Angels and Yankees, but will be the first time they match up for American League Championship rights.
ALCS Schedule -Times and Starting Pitchers for Games 2-7 TBDGame 1 – Friday, October 16th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
Game 2 – Saturday, October 17th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
Game 3 – Monday, October 19th – Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Game 4 – Tuesday, October 20th – Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Game 5 – Thursday, October 22nd – Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Game 6 – Saturday, October 24th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
Game 7 – Sunday, October 25th – Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
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