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 highly anticipated Phillies Dodgers NLCS rematch will start up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 15th. In 2008 the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies dominated Los Angeles in just five games, but this season the Dodgers certainly believe they have done enough to give themselves a better chance. LA now has left hander’s Clayton Kershaw and Randy Wolf (former Phillie) to counter Philadelphia’s strong offense.
The Phillies have been playing some great baseball themselves, taking four games to knock out the Colorado Rockies in their division series. Wolf looking ahead goes into how the Phillies starting rotation will be quite the challenge. “With Philly, they have a relentless lineup, and even though Cole Hamels isn’t having a typical season, he can dominate. Cliff Lee is a big acquisition, and going against lefties has been a little tough for us.” Wolf continued to speak on behalf of predictions, saying “we were supposed to be swept by the Cardinals. If nobody picks us, that’s fine.” Here he is referring to the Dodgers quick three game ALDS sweep on St Louis.
NLCS Series Schedule – Starting Rotations and Game Times TBDGame 1 – Thursday, October 15th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 2 – Friday, October 16th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 3 – Sunday, October 18th – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 4 – Monday, October 19th – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 5 – Wednesday, October 21st – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 6 – Friday, October 23rd – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 7 – Saturday, October 24th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
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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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In the bottom of the ninth inning in yesterday’s NLDS Game matchup, the St Louis Cardinals held the 2-1 advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers with just one out to go. Left fielder Matt Holliday was given the opportunity to catch a routine fly to even up the series heading back to St Louis. “I didn’t see the ball,” Holliday said. “Obviously, I can catch a ball that’s hit right at me. It’s very difficult to swallow. We had a chance to win the game. It was unfortunate that it happened when it did.” The crucial E-7 was followed by two singles from Ex-Cardinal Ronnie Belliard and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta for the Dodgers to win 3-2.
Loretta, former Red Sox second basemen, really felt the momentum shift their way with a second chance. “Unfortunately, I did know the numbers,” said Loretta. “I really didn’t have a lot of nerves. I felt like all the pressure was on them at that point. I was fortunate to find a little bit of fairway out there.” Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow at 6:07 PM in St Louis.
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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp homered in the 1st inning to deep center field, setting the tone for Los Angeles as the bullpen worked together to harness the Cardinals lineup to just one run from the 4th inning on last night at Dodger Stadium. Jeff Weaver picked up the Game 1 NLDS win in relief, shutting down the St Louis offense in his one inning pitched. Shortstop Rafael Furcal led the Dodgers from the plate with three hits and a bonus RBI in the 5th.
The Cardinals scattered 11 hits throughout the game despite putting only three runs on the board. “We had too many chances, too many chances,” said third basemen Mark DeRosa, who left two runners on base in the third inning. “Their bullpen came in, and inning after inning, we didn’t get the big hit we needed.” Game 2 is scheduled for today at 3:07 pm.
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Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has announced the starting rotation for their ALDS showdown against the Los Angeles Angels this week. Jon Lester will get the nod for Game 1 against Angels right-hander John Lackey. Game 2 will feature Red Sox ace pitcher Josh Beckett against the 16-8 Jered Weaver. Clay Buchholz will take Game 3 for Boston with Games 4 and 5 left up to Francona, who will consider either Daisuke Matsuzaka or Lester again on three-days rest.
Looking ahead to this series the Sox believe they can outpitch the Angels through their endless supply of heaters between the starting rotation and the bullpen.
“Not to take anything away from those finesse pitchers, but if that day, you don’t have your great stuff, your power arms seem to be able to get away with a little more,” said Red Sox third basemen Mike Lowell. “No matter what, it’s hard to hit 95 (mph) unless you’re throwing it down the middle. But I think there’s a little more leeway for a guy with a power arm to battle through a couple of innings where he doesn’t have sharp stuff and make an adjustment, than a guy who doesn’t have velocity, who might get touched up pretty early.”
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are certainly in great shape heading into the remaining weeks of the regular season. With the 2009 playoffs just around the corner, LA has earned the best record in the National League at 88-59. They currently are five games up in the NL West Standings over the Colorado Rockies. So far the Dodgers look like they will square off against whoever notches the NL Wild Card in the first round. The race now favors the Rockies and the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers organization owes a lot of their success to GM Ned Colletti. After bringing in Manny Ramirez last year, Colletti hasn’t stopped making moves to make sure his club has the proper line up to contend for a World Series.
“When a team plays hard and puts itself in position to win, they deserve to see that you’re trying to get them more tools to win,” said Colletti. “When a quality person like George Sherrill or Jim Thome walks in the clubhouse, players recognize that ownership and the front office are acknowledging what you’ve done.”
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Heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko and challenger Cristobal Arreola have recently reached an agreement to fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, September 26th. Klitschko was originally planning to brawl England’s David Hay until Hay ditched him, later signing a contract to fight Nikolai Valuev instead. In search of a new opponent the 27-0 Arreola was brought up a conversation. The 6-foot-4 250 pounder has not faced many notable opponents, but is coming off a fourth-round KO victory over former title challenger Jameel McCline. Trainer Henry Ramirez had some bold words for the match-up ahead. “He will fight his fight and he’s going to make history. We’re not coming for any moral victories. We’ve going to win the damn fight,” said Ramirez.
The Staples Center is familiar territory to Klitschko, as he fought two of the most significant fights of his career there. He once challenged the defending champ Lennox Lewis in LA, and collected his first piece of heavyweight hardware there after defeating Corrie Sanders. The 6-foot-7 250 pound Ukraine native holds a 37-2 record with 36 KO’s. Manager Bernd Boente commented on the upcoming fight, saying “I think this is a very interesting fight with two fighters who have great knockout percentages and only very few people think this fight goes the distance. … We are looking forward to coming back to the U.S. again, which is still a very important market for us.”
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According to their Myspace page, The Pixies will once again get together for a tour this September. The Pixies will be touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their 1989 album ‘Doolittle’. The tour is set to kick off in late Summer in Europe with U.S. dates in November of 2009. The band will play the album ‘Doolittle’ in its entirety.
The Pixies will play in their hometown of Boston on 11/27 at the Wang Theatre. Pixies tickets should be available soon. See the full schedule below.
2009 Pixies North American Tour Dates
11/4 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
11/8 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
11/9 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
11/12 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
11/13 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
11/14 Hult Center, Eugene, OR
11/16 The Fillmore, Denver, CO
11/20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
11/21 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
11/23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
11/24 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
11/25 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY
11/27 Wang Center, Boston, MA
11/30 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.