Left-fielder Carl Crawford sent one off the Green Monster to score pinch-runner Jose Iglesias on a close play at the plate in the bottom of the 11th for the Boston Red Sox to win over the Minnesota Twins 2-1 last night at Fenway Park. The newly acquired Crawford has built a nine-game hitting streak after posting a .135 average to start the season. “It’s always nice to get walk-offs,” he said after the game. “I’ll take ‘em all the time.”
Adrian Gonzalez knocked in Jason Varitek with a single to left in the 5th inning for Boston’s first run. Minnesota rallied to match with a run of their own in the eighth, eventually setting the stage for Crawford in the end. Hideki Okajima pitched two innings and managed to escape out of a two-on, one-out situation in each to notch the win. Boston is scheduled to matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays for two games this week before traveling to the Bronx to battle the New York Yankees.
Curtis Granderson provided the go ahead score in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo-shot to right en route to a New York Yankees 6-3 victory over the Detriot Tigers at home to start off their upcoming 162-game regular season campaign at 1-0. Mark Teixeira, notoriously known for his slow starts in April, capitalized on their early March debut with a three-run blast to right in the third inning for the initial 3-1 lead. “I’ve been petitioning the league to start in March for years. Finally they let us start in March because everybody knows my Aprils,” he said. “It’s great to start this way…Last year was awful, it was embarrassing.”
CC Sabathia let up a scattered six hits and three runs through six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. Justin Verlander produced similar numbers but couldn’t lean on his bullpen from there to harness the heavy New York lineup. The Yankees have two games this weekend against the Tigers before they play host to the Minnesota Twins in a four-game series that kicks off Monday, April 4th in the Bronx. Purchase your 2011 New York Yankees tickets right here at Ace!
Late Monday night, free agent pitcher Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies reached an agreement on a five-year, $120 million contract. The deal is said to also include a vesting option for a sixth year. In a move that can arguably be considered the biggest surprise of the free agent period, Lee reportedly turned down the New York Yankees six-year, $132 million offer, with a player option for a seventh year at an additional $16 million. The Yankees had been considered the favorite to land this year’s most coveted pitcher, especially after the Boston Red Sox made news last week by signing Carl Crawford and trading for Adrian Gonzalez.
Early Monday, news had broke that a third “mystery team” had entered the Lee sweepstakes, along with the Yankees and Lee’s former team, the Texas Rangers, but it was unknown who this team was or if it was just a ploy by Lee’s camp to attempt to drive up the offers. As it turned out, that mystery team was Philadelphia, the team Lee pitched for in the World Series in 2009 before being traded to Seattle to make room for Roy Halladay.
Perhaps Philadelphia should have been considered a favorite all along, as Lee and his wife, Kristen, grew to love the city during his short time there. When news broke that he was traded, a Phillies executive said the couple was “heartbroken” over the move. Now after one year, two teams, and another World Series appearance, they appear to be back where they wanted to be all along. (more)
The New York Yankees recently announced plans to raise select ticket prices in 2011. The cost for top field level seats will be priced at $260, just $10 more in comparison to last season and $65 down from when the New Yankee Stadium opened in 2009. Outfield tickets that had been $100 will go up to $110 and $75 tickets will rise to $80. Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trust stated that 53 percent of the non-premium seats remain unchanged next season. The Yankees led all Major League teams in 2010 home attendance with 3,676,807 total fans. They also led the American League in home attendance over the past eight years.
New York is back in the mix this off-season as potential suitors to some of the biggest names in free agency that include Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth. The front office will also keep their focus on re-signing veterans Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. “A lot of people say they’re trying to win, but we demonstrate it,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “Our best selling point is that everyone in the world knows we do everything we possibly can to reload every year and make every effort to get there, within reason.” 2011 New York Yankees tickets are now available!
CC Sabathia allowed just two runs in six innings from 11 scattered hits to lead his New York Yankees to a clutch 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers yesterday at home in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The AL title will be decided in Arlington with Games 6 and 7 scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd at Ranger Ballpark. “I just wanted to fight,” Sabathia said after the game. “No matter what the situation was, no matter how many runners were on base in any given inning.”
New York’s run production began in the second inning with a handful of base hits to bat around the order. Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano each sent one deep in the third to make it 5-0. Curtis Granderson provided the insurance with a home run of his own. The Rangers are prepared to return home with Colby Lewis and Cliff Lee on the hill for the final two matchups. “It’s not disappointing. It’s a seven-game series,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Those guys over there are champs. We didn’t expect them to lay down, and they came out today and they were very aggressive.”
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Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee continued to show great post-season success in last night’s 8-0 ALCS victory over the New York Yankees, letting up just two hits through eight innings with 13 strikeouts. The eight-year veteran joined Randy Johnson and Bob Gibson as the only pitchers to ever rack up 10 K’s or more in five playoff starts. The Rangers first put runs on the board through John Hamilton’s two-run shot to right in the first inning for the early 2-0 lead. The insurance came in the ninth as they hit around the order for six additional runs.
Texas holds the 2-1 advantage with two more games left in the Bronx before the series shifts back to Arlington. “I’m not satisfied with that,” said Hamilton after the W. “We still have some work to do here. A lot of fun to come into New York and get this first one. Hopefully we can come out here tomorrow and pick up where we left off.”
The Yanks remain confident despite their backs against the wall with AJ Burnett scheduled to pitch game 4. “I don’t think we’re in trouble,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “We’re down 2-1, we’re not down 3-0. It’s frustrating we’ve lost two games in a row, but we’ve lost two games in a row a lot of times before and come back.” Purchase your ALCS and World Series tickets with us at Ace!
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
Mark Teixeira blasted a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning for the New York Yankees to rally past the Minnesota Twins 6-4 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series last night at Target Field. Minnesota was up 3-0 in the sixth when the Yanks produced a string of base hits for four runs, the final two brought in by Curtis Granderson’s triple to deep right. Teixeira and Granderson were the only Bronx Bombers to notch multiple hits and RBI’s.
“Our lineup is so deep, there’s never a reason to give up,” said Teixeira. “There’s some teams where maybe two or three guys carry the team and, if you’re in a big hole, it’s tough to get out of. But with our lineup, we can be down four, five, six runs and still have a chance to score seven or eight. We just haven’t given up all year.”
CC Sabathia struggled during his six innings of work, letting up four runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. New York’s bullpen was lights out through three innings with the trusted Mariano Rivera setting up the four remaining outs. “I think Game 1 is the most important game, no matter what,” said Granderson. “It sets the tone, at least for a few hours.” Game 2 is set for tonight in Minnesota before the series shifts to Yankee Stadium starting Saturday, October 9th. ALDS tickets are now available!
The battle for the AL East is finally over and the Yankees will have to be satisfied with the Wild Card berth in 2010. Not that anything other than a World Series title is considered acceptable in New York but the Yankees would have liked the benefit of home field advantage. Instead the Yankees will travel to Minnesota for Game 1 of the ALCS on Wednesday 10/6.
The Yankees finish the 2010 regular season at 95-67 in a tough AL East division. It was another great offensive year for New York who led the league in runs scored with 855 due in no small part to great offensive years by several players. Robinson Cano led the Yankees with a .319 batting average while Alex Rodriguez made it 13 straight seasons with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI.
The Twins won the AL Central with a record of 94-68 and went 2-4 agains the Yankees. The two teams met in last year’s ALDS with the Yankees advancing and eventually winning the World Series. Yankees vs Twins ALDS tickets are now available for all games.
Yankees vs. Twins ALDS Schedule:
Game 1: Yankees @ Twins Wednesday, Oct. 6
Game 2: Yankees @ Twins Thursday, Oct. 7
Game 3: Twins @ Yankees Saturday, Oct. 9
Game 4*: Twins @ Yankees Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 5*: Yankees @ Twins Tuesday, Oct. 12
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.