Cliff Lee shut down the New York Yankees power line up, collecting 10 K’s while giving up just one unearned run as the Philadelphia Phillies handled CC Sabathia and the Yankees bullpen 6-1 to open the 2009 World Series. Third basemen Alex Rodriguez after going on a tear all post-season struck out three times in his World Series debut. “I did keep it simple today. He kept it even more simple,” said Rodriguez of Lee. “He threw the ball well. When a guy comes out like that, you tip your cap and move on. He made some pretty good pitches.”
Sabathia made his best effort for a pitching duel, giving up two runs courtesy of Chase Utley’s two homers in his seven innings of work. After CC’s exit the Yanks bullpen just couldn’t hold it together. Phil Hughes and Brian Bruney gave an extra four runs to the Phillies in the eighth and ninth innings to “close out” Game 1.
Game 2 is scheduled for Yankee stadium tonight at 7:57 PM and will feature starting pitchers Pedro Martinez and A.J. Burnett. Martinez in last week’s NLCS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers threw for seven scoreless innings. Burnett during the 2009 regular season held a 13-9 record with a 4.04 ERA.
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The 2009 MLB World Series will officially begin tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium (7:57 PM). The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are no strangers to postseason competition. The Phillies will be contending their World Series title as the Yanks attempt to redeem themselves after a poor 2008 regular season showing. Despite their previous drought last year, New York has proven most successful over the years with 26 total championships and 40 World Series appearances (not to mention their 103-59 2009 regular season record).
The first two games in the Bronx are expected to be nothing short of thrilling. The opening matchup will feature club aces and former teammates Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia. CC won the AL Cy Young in 2007 but Lee claimed the award last season.
Phillies veteran Pedro Martinez will get the nod to take the hill for game 2 (Yankees pitcher TBD). The Former Boston Red Sox right-hander and the Yankees have certainly developed quite a relationship over the years. New York fans should be riled up for this one especially.
“I think he’s still got quite a bit left,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel of Pedro. “I was watching those playoff games that he pitched in. His velocity was sitting 87 to 91 mph, and he was even better than that at Dodger Stadium. That was a couple years ago when he pitched those games against the Yankees. He knows how to pitch.” Martinez is 11-11 with a 3.20 ERA in 32 career starts against the Yankees.
Series Schedule Below:
Game 1 Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee StadiumGame 2 Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee StadiumGame 3 Saturday, Oct. 31, 7:57 p.m. at Citizens Bank ParkGame 4 Sunday, Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m. at Citizens Bank ParkGame 5 Monday, Nov. 2, 7:57 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park*
Game 6 Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee Stadium*
Game 7 Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:57 p.m. at Yankee Stadium*
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The Rangers got great production out of their new free agent star, Marian Gaborik in last night’s 5-2 win over the Coyotes. Gaborik scored two goals and added an assist but left the game with an undisclosed injury prompting fears that the injury prone forward will miss time again this year. The Rangers jumped out early in this one, grabbing a two goal lead by the end of the first period. New York got goals from Anisimov and Gaborik in the first. The Rangers didn’t let up in the second with goals from Prospal and Gaborik once again. Both Gaborik’s goals came on power plays.
The win snapped a three game losing streak by the Rangers who improved to 8-3-1 on the year. New York will play two on the road against the Islanders and Wild before returning to Madison Square Garden on 11/1 to host the Boston Bruins. You can get New York Rangers tickets for this and all games at MSG.
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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Longtime alternative rock band Weezer will be performing at the Agganis Arena in Boston on Monday, December 7th. Best known for their singles “Buddy Holly,” “Island in the Sun” and “Beverly Hills,” the Los Angeles, CA natives are working towards releasing their seventh studio album “Raditude.” Their first single from the album “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” was released this summer and climbed all the way to the #2 spot on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs charts.
Since starting up in 1992 Weezer has sold over eight million albums in the U.S. Lead singer and guitarist Rivers Cuomo describes the new record as “just another fun project to do. They span a vast period of time from the very beginning of our career in the early ’90s right up to the present day.”
Other notable shows for Weezer include the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Halloween (Saturday, October 31st) and the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, October 24th.
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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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Marian Gaborik scored for insurance 4:22 into the third period as the New York Rangers went on to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 last night at the MSG. Gaborik’s sixth goal of the season left the game out of reach for LA, giving the Rangers their sixth consecutive victory.
“You just find a way to win when you’re not on – and we were not on,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “We were behind in every facet of the game but we still found a way to win. That’s a good sign.” Vaclav Prospal came up big for New York scoring two power play goals in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist contained the Kings all night with 34 saves. New York is scheduled to play the Toronto Maple Leafs this Saturday at 7:00 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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The New York Rangers were up on the Toronto Maple Leafs by just one goal heading into the third. After Sean Avery’s goal two minutes into the period, the festivities continued for the Rangers as they eventually went on to win 7-2 last night in New York. “We had a great start to the second period, but then it was like we stopped playing,” said Rangers forward Vaclav Prospal. “After two periods Torts came in and he wasn’t really happy. We responded the right way, took the play back to them, scored the fourth goal right away. It was a lot easier after that.”
Throughout the Rangers offensive party yesterday, eight players were able to earn at least one point. Defenseman Dan Girardi and Sean Avery both scored twice with Wade Redden adding a goal and two assists. Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik also scored for New York. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist came up with 27 saves. The Rangers will next host the Los Angeles Kings before heading to Toronto to rematch the Maple Leafs.
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