Veteran southpaw Cliff Lee showed he was ready for post-season play yesterday, allowing just one run in seven innings of work to lead his Texas Rangers past the LA Angels 3-2 at Rangers Ball Park. “I got everything where I wanted headed into the postseason,” said Lee after his stellar eight strike-out performance. “I made a little adjustment mechanically and it worked out. Hopefully, I can carry that into the post-season and continue to give the team a chance to win.”
Vladimir Guerrero came up with the clutch hit to bring in Nelson Cruz for the go ahead score in the bottom of the eighth. The 9x All-Star drove in 16 RBI’s in total against his former squad in 2010. “You can see it in his eyes,” said Los Angeles right fielder Torii Hunter. “He’s trying to go deep on every pitch against us.” The Texans are currently one victory away from a 90 win season heading into tonight’s contest in Arlington.
David Ortiz belted two homers in the third and eighth innings to power his Boston Red Sox past the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 yesterday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. The initial solo-shot gave the Sox the 2-1 advantage before the pitching stepped up on both sides to produce four consecutive scoreless innings. Ortiz then provided the insurance with a 388 HR to right-center to bring in Kevin Youkilis. Clay Buchholz let up five scattered hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
Dan Haren allowed two runs while striking out eight before his debut in Angels uniform came to an abrupt halt when Youkilis lined one back at his right arm. “It’s pretty sore, but I don’t think it hit bone or anything,” he said after the game in front of his new locker. “It was just the meat of my forearm. They said I was lucky, that it looks like I’ll be fine to go next time. It swelled up pretty good, but it’s nothing I’m worried about.”
John Lackey will take the hill against his former club tonight with Josh Beckett set to punch in the following day. Hopefully Boston can make a strong run with players slowly making their way back from the disabled list. Starters Mike Cameron, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia are expected to return to the lineup within the next few days. The Sox will be back at Fenway next week for a string of ballgames scheduled against the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets right here at Ace!
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann doubled in the seventh inning to bring in three runs for the National League to claim victory in the 2010 All-Star Game last night in Anaheim, CA. The six year veteran gave the NL their first win in 13 years, rightfully earning MVP rights through just one swing of the bat in yesterday’s defensive battle. The American League found the board once in the fifth when Yankees Robinson Cano hit a sacrifice fly to score Rays Evan Longoria.
National League players and coaches are looking forward to fighting against eachother for the chance at home advantage in this year’s World Series. “It’s a big deal. I think home teams play better at home,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. “It feels good, it feels real good. I talked to our guys before the game and told them how important home-field advantage was.”
The 2010 events were highlighted with tributes to longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and announcer Bob Sheppard. One of the more special moments came in the first inning when a recording of Sheppard introduced shortstop Derek Jeter as he stepped up to the plate. The Yankees currently lead the AL East standings at 56-32 with Tampa Bay trailing by two games. The Boston Red Sox find themselves five games back with a number of players hoping to return from injury within the next couple of weeks.
Mike Lowell and JD Drew came up with four hits apiece to power the Boston Red Sox past the LA Angels 17-8 Monday night at Fenway Park. The 12-14 Sox were due for some major offensive production after losing all three games in Baltimore this past weekend. “It was nice to have a night like that,” said Boston manager Terry Francona. “They felt good about themselves. A lot of good things happened from top to bottom.”
Kevin Youkilis gave the Sox the initial lead in the second with a solo shot over the Monster. Boston found themselves up 7-4 before batting through the order in the sixth inning for seven runs. Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Beltre homered during the mid-game surge. “We changed our mindset,” said Pedroia. “We needed to play well. We didn’t play well in Baltimore. We expected things to happen.”
Clay Buchholz let up four runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Delcarmen, Ramirez and Schoeneweis recorded the remaining outs to wrap the already out of reach contest. The Red Sox are scheduled to host the Angels three most times this week before welcoming in the New York Yankees for a three-game weekend series. Purchase your regular season Red Sox tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada collected their World Series rings before coming up with multiple hits en route to the New York Yankees 7-5 victory over the Anaheim Angels yesterday at Yankee Stadium. The ceremonies consisted of fans cheering in appreciation for their beloved 2009 lineup that included Angels outfielder Hideki Matsui. The former Fall Classic MVP received the loudest ovation as he walked towards Yogi Berra to hold on to his newest prized possession. Captain Derek Jeter didn’t hesitate to praise his longtime friend and co-worker, saying “he has been one of my favorite teammates I ever played with.”
The Yankees wasted no time getting on the board with a pair of home runs supplied by Nick Johnson and Jeter through the first three innings. New York was able to cruise until the start of the 9th, when Bobby Abreu knocked a three-run homer to right to make it 7-5. From there the Yanks were able to close it out to conclude their first home stand of the 2010 regular season. The Angels will stay in the Bronx for two more games starting Wednesday, April 14th. New York Yankees tickets are now available!
The Philadelphia Phillies and Roy Halladay have recently agreed on a three-year $60 million deal with an extra $20 million option for 2014. This would be the first confirmation of the three-way block buster trade between the Phillies, Blue Jays and Mariners. Philadelphia is planning to send Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Seattle in exchange for prospects Phillippe Aumot and Tyson Gillies. The Phillies may also trade outfielder Michael Taylor for Travis D’Arnaud and pitcher Kyle Drabek to Toronto.
Aside from the main scenario, other possible deals have been discussed that would involve the Oakland Athletics. The priorities in the agreements are clearly ace’s Halladay and Lee. With Lee alongside stand-out pitcher Felix Hernandez, the Mariners are certainly in better position in comparison to their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, who just lost John Lackey to free agency and the Boston Red Sox.
The New York Yankees have decided to end discussions with veteran slugger Hideki Matsui. In the final game of the 2009 World Series Matsui produced three hits and six RBI’s. He is reportedly a physical away from joining the Angels organization. As far as pitching goes, LA will definitely need another spark to keep them in contention for 2010. “We have some guys who can really hold it down,” said Torii Hunter of the current rotation, “but we need a veteran to lead the way a bit. I still think we have a team that’s good enough to win.”
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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