Alex Rodriguez knocked in Johnny Damon for the go-ahead run after a heads up double steal in the top of the 9th inning, as the New York Yankees rallied to win 7-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday at Citizens Bank Park. Now holding a 3-1 advantage in the 2009 World Series, the Yankees are just one win away from claiming their 27th championship.
“There’s no question – I’ve never had a bigger hit,” said Rodriguez.”The one time I got hit in yesterday’s game, my first at-bat, kind of woke me up a little bit and just reminded me, ‘Hey, this is the World Series, let’s get it going a little bit.’” It couldn’t be a better time for A-Rod to find his rhythm heading into tonight’s game against the left-handed Cliff Lee, who dominated the Yanks with 10 K’s during Philadelphia’s 6-1 Game 1 victory in New York.
AJ Burnett will get the call to start on the mound for the Yankees. Burnett is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA so far this postseason. Game time is set for 7:57 PM. If necessary Game 6 and 7 will take place in New York Wednesday and Thursday night.
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With the Yankees down 0-1 in the World Series heading into their last game in the Bronx before moving to Philadelphia for the next three contests, A.J. Burnett saw Pedro Martinez on the other side and realized the tough battle ahead. “I knew it was going to be crazy,” said Burnett. “I knew he was going to be on his game. I focus on myself, but you can’t help but watch his game. It’s the funnest I’ve had on the field.” Burnett certainly brought his A game while enjoying himself on the mound at Yankee Stadium, giving up just one run in seven innings with nine strike outs as the New York Yankees went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1.
Martinez performed well for Philadelphia, striking out eight and surrendering three runs in his six-plus innings pitched. Two of the three runs came from Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui solo-home runs. The Yankees bats were silent until Teixeira’s awaited bomb to center field in the fourth. “I think the home run got the crowd back in it,” Teixeira said. “It kind of put a little bit of a crack in their armor.” Cole Hamels (PA) and Andy Pettitte (NY) are the next scheduled pitching duel for game three this Saturday. The series now moves to Citizens Bank Park and if necessary will move back to New York for Games 6 and 7.
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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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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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Toronto Blue Jays infielders Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hill were both hit by pitches, putting the notion of retaliation through everyone’s head last night at Yankee Stadium. In a game already out of reach in favor of the Blue Jays in the eighth inning, relief pitcher Jesse Carlson threw a fastball behind Yankees catcher Jorge Posada at the plate. Soon after Posada gave a look that could kill while repeatedly saying “You don’t want to do that.” Benches cleared but minutes later tensions fell, or so we thought.
After scoring from Brett Gardner’s double Posada threw Carlson a nice elbow while running by, which ultimately led to the real brawl. “He was just right there on the line to the dugout. We got carried away and hopefully that’s the end of it,” said Posada. “I don’t want my kids to see that…fight in the middle of the field, benches clearing - that’s a bad example.” Carlson had somewhat of a more humorous take on the situation, saying “once he crossed the plate and threw that elbow at me or whatever, I just said, ‘Let’s go.’ I’m probably the smallest guy in MLB and we were right near their dugout, so I was just hoping I got out of there all right.”
Even though all of the excitement came and left with the fight, the game was still played. In the Blue Jays 10-4 victory ace Roy Halladay threw for six innings and gave up just two runs. Yankees Sergio Mitre definitely didn’t make it any kind of pitching duel, letting up seven runs and four home runs in his five innings pitched. The two teams are set to match up again tonight at Yankee Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Yankees veteran Derek Jeter slapped three base hits against the Tampa Bay Rays last night to tie the legendary Lou Gehrig at 2,721 career hits as a New York Yankee. Gehrig and now Jeter sit on top of the Yankees all-time hits list in front of the immortal Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Don Mattingly, and Yogi Berra. “He’s one of the classiest people to ever play this game,” Jeter said of Gehrig, who has stood alone with the record for over 70 years. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling to have my name next to his.”
Jeter may have taken center stage with his outstanding career efforts last night, but it was catcher Jorge Posada who came through with a three run jack over the right field wall in the bottom of the eighth to pull them ahead. Tampa Bay held the lead for the first seven innings after coming up with two runs in the first. “I felt proud. I got goose bumps…It was a perfect moment.” said Posada “It would be tough to lose a game when he ties Lou Gehrig, so we needed to win this one.”
Jeter is not only about to lead the Yankees organization as the all-time hits leader. The 10 time All-Star earned his 300th steal yesterday as well, ranking him second on the franchise list behind Rickey Henderson at 326. Jeter has the day off with the rest of the Yanks before attempting to break the record tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Derek Jeter wasted no time surpassing Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio to become the all-time Major League hits leader as a shortstop on Sunday’s game at Safeco Field. In New York’s 10-3 loss against the Seattle Mariners he came out with a three-hit performance, putting him at 2,675 total hits as a shortstop over his 15-year career with the Yankees. “It’s amazing what he’s been able to accomplish, and he’s still got a lot of baseball left,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “A lot of guys, when they try to get that record, it takes them a while. It didn’t take him long today.”
Jeter’s record may not stay in place for too long, knowing Texas Rangers shortstop Omar Vizquel is trailing with 2,669 hits. Regardless of the outcome, Jeter reminds himself to look ahead. “I don’t ever sit around and look back on anything that we’ve done. It’s just more of what you can do to try and improve. That’s what you try to do, year in and year out,” said Jeter. “I think being consistent is something that gets overlooked at times, but I think every player strives to be consistent. That’s all you can do.”
The Yankees remain on top of the AL East standings going into a three-game series against the Oakland A’s. This Friday they will head to Fenway Park to square off against their division rival Boston Red Sox.
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John Smoltz had more than a tough outing last night at Yankee Stadium, letting up nine hits and eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings. The 13-6 New York victory marks their first win all season against the rival Boston Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia gave the Sox the initial lead in the 3rd with a solo homer to right, which was later countered that inning by Johnny Damon with a home run of his own to tie it up. Casey Kotchman supplied an answer for Boston in the top of the 4th with a two run blast off Joba Chamberlin. New York completely dominated the game soon after, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the 4th and holding the lead from there. The run production was mostly contributed by a pair of home runs from Jorge Posada and Melky Cabrera.
Despite the lopsided score, Yankees reliever Mark Melancon threw a pitch over Pedroia’s head and later beamed him in the same at bat. Red Sox manager Terry Francona ran out soon after to speak with plate umpire Derryl Cousins, who issued a warning against any further trouble. The Red Sox have now lost three straight and find themselves 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East race. Pedroia has not been pleased about their recent slump, saying “we’ve got to play better. That’s obvious. We went into Tampa and they beat up on us. We’re in a stretch of the season that we’re playing the best teams in the division. We’ve got to win.”
Josh Beckett is hoping to turn things around for the Red Sox next game as he goes up against A.J. Burnett. Game two of the series is scheduled to start tonight at 4:10 pm.
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