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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That old Yankee magic seems to be at work once again in October as the New York Yankees stole game 2 from a now desperate Twins team. The Twins took a 3-1 lead into the 9th inning and were on their way to tying this ALDS at 1-1 going back to Minnesota. Enter the new “Mr. October”, Alex Rodriguez. With Mark Texiera on first after a leadoff single, A-Rod slammed a Joe Nathan fastball over the center field wall for a game tying two run homer. In the 11th inning it was Texiera who provided the heroics with a walkoff homer to left field.
The series shifts to Minnesota now for Game 3 on Sunday, where Andy Pettite will face off against Carl Pavano.
Riding off their 12 inning AL Central tie-breaking spectacular, the Minnesota Twins carried their adrenalin over to the Bronx but couldn’t keep it up for all nine innings. Yankees veteran shortstop Derek Jeter crushed a two run shot down the left field line in the bottom of the third inning last night to bring New York back in the game. From there the Bronx Bombers completely dominated, finishing the ALDS opener with a 7-2 victory.
CC Sabathia showed he can perform on the hill just as well in October, letting up just two runs in eight innings of work. Jeter and third basemen Alex Rodriguez led the Yanks high power offense with two hits apiece. Outfielder Hideki Matsui contributed with 2 RBI’s from his 5th inning blast to center field.
Minnesota is not yet discouraged but is excited to have an extra day to be ready for Game 2. “We all need to go home, get a good night’s rest,” said Twins pitcher Carl Pavano, who will start Game 3. “We’re going to be a little fresher, I’m sure, on Friday.” Saturdays game will again take place at Yankee Stadium and is scheduled to start up at 6:07 PM.
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Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Red Sox (Wild Card) and Angels (AL West Champs) since 2004 have met three different times in the American League Division Series in 2004, 2007, and 2008. Boston has the clear advantage thus far based on what history tells us, knowing they’ve won all three previous ALDS battles with ease. In their first two meetings the Sox swept LA en route to winning the World Series. In 2008 it took Boston four games to beat the Angels, where they advanced and eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship Series.
Even though the Angels haven’t been too successful in the playoffs against Boston, they seem to be more confident than ever looking ahead to their October stretch. “I really like this team, where we are,” said Angels veteran right fielder Bobby Abreu. “I feel like it’s our time, I really do.” LA is one game up on the Red Sox for 2009, winning five out of their nine games played.
Series Schedule and Probable Starting Pitchers:
Game 1 – Thursday, October 8th, 9:37 PM – Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Jon Lester (Red Sox 15-8) vs. John Lackey (Angels 11-8)
Game 2 – Friday, October 9th, 9:37 PM – Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Josh Beckett (Red Sox 17-6) vs. Jered Weaver (Angels 16-8)
Game 3 – Sunday, October 11th, Time TBD – Fenway Park
Clay Buchholz (Red Sox 7-4) vs. Scott Kazmir (Angels 10-9)
Game 4 – Monday, October 12th, Time TBD – Fenway Park If Necessary Starting Pitchers TBD
Game 5 – Wednesday, October 14th, Time TBD – Angel Stadium of Anaheim If Necessary Starting Pitchers TBD
New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins
Right after the Minnesota Twins barely edged the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central tie-breaker game, the club had less than a day to pack up and travel to the Bronx for their ALDS meeting against the New York Yankees. This matchup will surely favor the Yankees, knowing their 7-0 2009 regular season record against Minnesota. Manager Joe Girardi believes this year’s Yankee team won’t take any opponent lightly no matter how well they have previously performed.
“It’s a lot different team,” said Girardi. “I sense that there was a determination after what we went through last year when we didn’t make the playoffs. You don’t play this game and put all that hard work in to just make the playoffs. There’s a goal set. And the goal was set when we went to work last winter.” Despite the Bronx Bombers success all season long, don’t be surprised if Minnesota can ride off their high energy and come in looking to spoil a game or two.
Series Schedule and Probable Starting Pitchers:
Game 1 – Wednesday, October 7th, 6:07 PM – Yankee Stadium
CC Sabathia (Yankees 19-8) vs. Brian Duensing (Twins 5-2)
Game 2 – Friday, October 9th, 6:07 PM – Yankee Stadium
A.J. Burnett (Yankees 13-9) vs. Nick Blackburn (Twins 11-11)
Game 3 – Sunday, October 11th, Time TBD – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Andy Pettit (Yankees 14-8) vs. Carl Pavano (Twins 14-2)
Game 4 – Monday, October 12th, Time TBD – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
If Necessary Starting Pitchers TBD
Game 5 – Wednesday, October 14th, Time TBD – Yankee Stadium If Necessary Starting Pitchers TBD
After last year’s heartbreaking 1-0 AL Central tie-breaking loss to the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins found themselves back in the same spot but this time would come out on top. It took 162 games and 12 extra innings for Alexi Casilla to hit a grounder between the right side infielders, scoring Carlos Gonzalez for the Twins to win 6-5 over the Detroit Tigers and take the division last night at the Metrodome.
From the 7th inning on there were three lead changes. Detroit’s offense dominated to start, initially producing a 3-0 lead by the 3rd. The Twins rallied back after Orlando Cabrera’s two-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the 7th. Following the Tigers come back in the 10th, Minnesota answered back to keep the game going until the 12 when they finally put their regular season to rest with the AL Central Division in their hands.
“This is absolutely the most unbelievable game I have ever played (in) or seen,” said Cabrera. “I’m really proud of my teammates. “When we were down, we got together and we had to pull it out. Here we are – we’re going to the postseason.”
The Twins after the winning run came in had 21 hours to get ready and travel to New York for their opening ALDS game against the Yankees. This year New York has dominated the Twins, defeating them in all seven regular season contests. Yankees ace pitcher CC Sabathia will be starting for New York against Minnesota’s Brian Duensing. Tickets for this series are now available!
New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez heading into their last regular season game needed two home runs and seven more RBI’s to top the list of most consecutive 30 HR 100 RBI seasons. In the sixth inning alone he did just that. A-Rod nailed a three-run shot and a grand slam all in the same inning to earn his record over Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth, and Jimmie Foxx as the Yankees went on to dominate the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 last night at Tropicana Field.
Rodriguez thought his year by year streak would end yesterday, saying “I just didn’t think it was realistic at all, so therefore it wasn’t even a goal.” Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira was glad to see most everyone in the lineup contributing to their 10-run sixth inning. “It was awesome. That was a great inning for him and for the team,” he said. “It’s good to have a nice offensive output like that the last game of the season and give us some momentum.”
New York will have to wait and see who they will play host to first for their upcoming ALDS series. The Twins and Tigers are set to play a tiebreaker tomorrow night in Minnesota for the AL Central division.
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With less than a week left in this year’s regular season, most playoff bound teams have already clinched their spots. The New York Yankees look like they’ll be staying at the top of the league with 102 wins. Clinching the AL East Division this past weekend, they should expect to face the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers in the first round, unless the Minnesota Twins string a big set of wins together. The Tigers are currently 84-73 and lead Minnesota by two games.
The Boston Red Sox with a Texas Rangers loss were just able to earn the AL Wild Card. They are set to face the LA Angels of Anaheim who will finish as the AL West leaders. The matchup will mark the fourth ALDS meeting between the two teams. In 2004 and 2007 the Sox swept the Angels in the initial series on their way to win the World Series. Anaheim was able to avoid the sweep in last year’s contest but the Sox still took care of business in four games.
The American League playoff picture is pretty much set in stone. With the Yankees on a tear and Boston’s previous ALDS history against the Angels, it is very likely for another Sox/Yanks ALCS showdown in the near future. However, if Tigers ace Justin Verlander can shut down New York in one of the first two games it could be anyone’s series. The Angels despite years past have the upper hand on the Red Sox in 2009, winning 5 out of their nine games played. Don’t miss out on the most exciting baseball to come all year.
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Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira supplied the final dagger with an eighth inning solo shot to right as New York went on the sweep the Red Sox, clinch the AL East division, and earn their 100th win of the season. After failing to reach the playoffs last year, the All-Star Yankees lineup is more excited than ever to be back on the winning side of things. “Everything is clicking right now,” said winning pitcher Andy Pettitte. “When you miss out, it makes you a little more hungry to get back there.”
As New York is able to rest their starters and set up pitching rotations for the upcoming playoffs, the Red Sox still have to earn their Wild Card spot. They are now six games up on the Texas Rangers and should be able to clinch at home against the Toronto Blue Jays, or during their final regular season series against the Cleveland Indians. Red Sox DH David Ortiz after the game was not too pleased, but had no choice but to tip his hat to the rival Bronx Bombers.
“I was just thinking about the game, how the game went and some situations we should have executed better and we never did, and that made the difference,” said Ortiz. “Watching the season they had last year and watching the way they played this year, they deserved to celebrate.” The Red Sox and Yankees are a potential match up for the 2009 ALCS series where they have had their fair share of showdowns. For now Boston must move on and officially claim the Wild Card. Josh Beckett is scheduled to take the mound tonight against Toronto’s Scott Richmond.
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