CC Sabathia let up just three hits through eight innings for the New York Yankees to claim their 15th post-season berth in 16 years, outplaying the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 last night at Rogers Centre. Sabathia’s 21 wins ranks him among the elite pitchers in franchise history, tying Andy Pettitte’s 1996 and 2003 campaigns for the most by a Yankee since Ron Guidry went 22-6 in 1985. Derek Jeter has come alive these past few weeks, producing multiple hits in six of their last 14 contests.
Yankees managers Joe Girardi was proud of the organization after a hard fought regular season, but emphasized for the club to remain focused on the ultimate goal ahead. “I congratulated them and just told them this is the first step,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. If the guys want to celebrate I’m all for it…We’ve been going at it since February 15, grinding and grinding and guys have been playing hard, a tough schedule in a tough division. Let them let loose a little bit. It’s nice.”
The Tampa Bay Rays clinched their playoff spot after a 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. David Price collected his 19th win of the year, posting a 9-2 record at home this regular season. Rays manager Joe Maddon shared a similar outlook in regards to their upcoming post-season run. “I never had any doubt that this was a playoff team,” he stated at the on-field celebration. “I want it to be a World Series champ.” The Rays are currently a half game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East standings with five games remaining on the regular season schedule.
Yankees right-fielder Nick Swisher kicked off the festivities with a solo shot to right center as part of New York’s five-run first inning in yesterdays 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bronx Bombers were held scoreless through most of the contest, but the Tampa could never quite make up the deficit. Derek Jeter doubled in the eighth to bring in Brett Gardner for the final score. Phil Hughes threw for six innings, letting up just three runs on four hits to earn his 17th win of the year.
“We haven’t accomplished anything yet, but I like what I’ve seen,” said Jeter. “Right now it seems like things are starting to click a little bit.” New York is currently 2 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East Division with 11 games remaining in on the regular season schedule. They are set to host the Rays for two more games before welcoming in the Boston Red Sox starting Friday, September 24th. “I think we all pretty much know what’s at stake,” said Swisher ater the game. “Take the Rays and us and line us up, and let’s see what happens…Getting kind of chilly out there, smells like playoff baseball.” Purchase your New York Yankees tickets with us at Ace!
Reig Brignac entered the lineup to fill in for the ejected Carl Crawford in the ninth inning, leaving the rookie infielder to produce a walk-off solo shot in the 11th to lift the Tampa Bay Rays past the New York Yankees 1-0 last night at Tropicana Field. Crawford couldn’t help but grin when his replacement stepped up after he struggled from the plate for the Rays to recapture the AL East lead. “I’m glad he got the opportunity,” he said. “I don’t think I would have done that.”
CC Sabathia and David price made it so both sides were scoreless through eight innings, letting up just five hits collectively before their relievers took over in extras. The Yankees have lost their last seven of eight with two games left in Tampa before they travel to Camden Yards to face the Baltimore Orioles. “Both of them were tremendous,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “We’ve got to bounce back. We’ve had three tough losses on this road trip, really tough losses. But this is a team with a lot of character, and we’ll bounce back.” Yankees vs. Rays tickets are now available!
Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher contributed home runs in last night’s 9-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics for the New York Yankees to claim the top spot in the AL East. The 82-50 Yanks currently hold the division advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays by one with the Boston Red Sox trailing eight games behind. Phil Hughes was sure to thank the lineup after his five innings of work on the mound, where he let up four hits and two runs on four walks.
Hughes (16-6) has won four of his last six despite yesterday’s struggles. He is ranked second in wins in the American League behind teammate CC Sabathia (18-5). “The thing that made us happy is he went out there and grinded it out,” said outfielder Nick Swisher. “You want pitchers with heart…He gave us a chance to win. That’s the reason he’s second in the AL in wins behind the big man.” The Yankees are next set to matchup with the A’s this Wednesday and Thursday before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays for a three games this weekend. New York Yankees tickets are now available!
The Bronx Bombers pulled out the big bats yesterday at Rogers Center, blasting five home runs on their way to an 11-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees were up 6-1 in the 5th before Curtis Granderson sent one deep to right to bring in three runs for the final dagger. Other Yankees to contribute homers in last night’s showcase included Mark Teixeira, Marcus Thames, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter.
As the offense continued to produce it was Dustin Moseley who contained the Blue Jays lineup, allowing just two runs through six innings with four strikeouts. “I had all my pitches working,” said the veteran right-hander. “I had a good changeup and a good cutter tonight and then made pitches when I needed to.” Chad Gaudin struggled in relief in the 6th and 7th, letting up three runs on four hits. Kerry Wood then came in to shut the door in the 9th to solidify the W.
New York currently sits atop the AL East alongside the Tampa Bay Rays with the Boston Red Sox six games behind. The Sox are scheduled to play the Seattle Mariners in a double-header this afternoon at Fenway. The Yankees are set face the Blue Jays again tonight before traveling to U.S. Cellular Field to matchup with the Chicago White Sox.
Robinson Cano belted a double and two-run homer in New York’s nine-run sixth inning as the high power offense went on to demolish the depleted Detroit Tigers 11-5 yesterday at Yankee Stadium. Cano has homered three times in three games in the cleanup spot while Alex Rodriguez remains sidelined with a strained calf. “He has been tremendous,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “He’s a dangerous hitter and he had a big day again today. We’ve been without Alex for a few days and he’s stepped up. He’s stepped up all year for us.”
Cano, Nick Swisher and Austin Kearns notched multiple hits for New York as Phil Hughes remained steady through six innings on the mound. The 24-year old right-hander let up just two runs on four hits to earn his 15th win of the season. The Yankees are now a game up on the Tampa Bay Rays and six games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East Division standings. They are next set to welcome in the Seattle Mariners for three games before hitting the road to face the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox.
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John Lester allowed just four hits over 6 1/3 innings of work to lead the Boston Red Sox to split their four game weekend series with the New York Yankees yesterday in the Bronx. The 2-1 victory featured nine Yankees stranded on the base paths in scoring position. The game changer came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Marcus Thames hit the top of the fence in right center to leave Jorge Posada at third. Daniel Bard then proceeded to send Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher back to the dugout with a pair of K’s to get out of the jam. “Exciting,” said Lester on Bard after the game. “He did a great job executing pitches that inning.”
Bard let up New York’s only run courtesy of a Mark Teixiera bomb to right in the eighth. Papelbon was able to shut the door from there, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings to earn the save. “I’d say that would be one of the better days I’ve felt this year,” said Papelbon. “It was pretty stellar.” The Sox manufactured their two runs in the second with a combination of singles and stolen bases. Jacoby Ellsbury tied a team record with four steals on the day.
The Red Sox are now six games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 4 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card chase. They are next scheduled to matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays this week before traveling to Arlington to face the AL West leading Texas Rangers. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
Adrian Beltre sent one over the left field wall for the loaded bases to touch all four to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Cleveland Indians 6-2 yesterday at Fenway Park. The Sox are currently six games out of the AL East Division lead heading into their next four-game weekend series against the New York Yankees. The Yanks and Rays have hovered at the top of the Division over the course of the season. The injury plagued Boston lineup, who once found themselves just a half game behind in early July are struggling to stay in contention during the most crucial part of the regular season.
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has just been placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season due to a torn muscle in his right thumb. Dustin Pedroia (foot), Jason Varitek (foot) and Mike Cameron (abdominal strain) are still healing with hopes to return shortly. Veteran infielder Mike Lowell will see more time on the ball field in light of Youk’s absence. “I don’t know how many teams you can take a Youkilis out, but you can write a Lowell in,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I guess that’s how I prefer to look at it.”
The Yankees wrapped their three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-1 W. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez belted his career 600th home run in the process, becoming the youngest player in MLB history to reach the milestone. A-Rod was relieved to finally hit the mark, saying “”I am definitely glad it’s over, and I definitely enjoyed that moment, I enjoyed the win…There’s no question I was pressing ’cause I wanted to get it out of the way.” Clay Buccholz and Javier Vazquez are the projected starters for tonight’s contest. Purchase your Yankees vs Red Sox tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Alex Rodriguez belted a Robinson Tejada 0-2 fastball over the wall in right-center to notch his 599th career home run, contributing to the New York Yankees 10-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals Thursday at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod finished with three hits and four RBI’s on the night courtesy of the two-run blast that leaves him one shy of becoming the seventh major leaguer to hit 600. The 13X All-Star doesn’t feel the pressure in regards to the milestone, saying “nothing’s as exciting as what happened last November. Now I have a different perspective on things.”
The Yankees lineup featured four players with multiple hits between Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher. A-Rod had his chance at 600 in the eighth when he doubled to deep right to bring in Teixeira. Yankees Ace CC Sabathia let up 11 scattered hits and four runs through six innings of work. Relievers David Robinson, Joba Chamberlain and Chan Ho Park split the work from there through the last three innings to shut the door on the Royals offense. Rodriguez will have three more games at home to hit #600 before the team begins their next road trip in Cleveland July 26th. Find the best New York Yankees ticket deals 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.