Tag Archive: Post-Season


>New Schedule

>AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Game ~~ Matchup ~~~ Date ~~~~~~~ Time
Gm. 1 ~~ LAA@NYY ~ Fri., Oct. 16 ~ 7:57 p.m. ~~ W 4-1
Gm. 2 ~~ LAA@NYY ~ Sat., Oct. 17 ~ 7:57 p.m. ~ W 4-3 (13th)
Gm. 3 ~~ NYY@LAA ~ Mon., Oct. 19 ~ 4:13 p.m. ~~L 4-5 (11th)
Gm. 4 ~~ NYY@LAA ~ Tue., Oct. 20 ~ 7:57 p.m. ~ W 10-1
Gm. 5* ~ NYY@LAA ~ Thu., Oct. 22 ~ 7:57 p.m. ~~ L 6-7
Gm. 6* ~ LAA@NYY ~ Sat., Oct. 24 ~ 7:57 p.m. ~~ Rain
Gm. 6* ~ LAA@NYY ~ Sun., Oct. 25 ~ 8:20 p.m. ~~ W 5-2
Final ~~ ALCS Game 6 ~ Yankees win series, 4-2

The entire schedule is subject to change (all times ET)
*If necessary
All games on FOX

>Yankees Short Hops: Game 3

>Pettitte supplies pitching, A-Rod, Posada the power in win

Fielding the Yankees’ Game 3, 4-1 win over the Twins on a short hop …

In less then 25 words …
Andy Pettitte tossed 6 1/3 dominant innings, and was backed by Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada to complete the American League Division Series sweep.

Frozen moment
With a one-run lead in the eighth inning, Derek Jeter made a heads-up play to erase a leadoff double from Nick Punto. With no play at first on Denard Span’s single up the middle, Jeter threw home to Posada, who relayed the throw to Rodriguez at third base to pick off Punto, who was scrambling back to the bag.

Big number
2: Solo homers for the Yankees in the seventh inning. Rodriguez went deep on the eighth pitch of his at-bat, and one batter later, Posada followed with a blast to left field to give New York the lead for good.

Game balls
Andy Pettitte

Other than an RBI single that he allowed to Joe Mauer, Pettitte was lights-out over his 6 1/3 innings. The veteran lefty struck out seven and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth.

Alex Rodriguez

Rodriguez continued to exorcise his postseason demons with a game-tying solo homer. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs with runners in scoring position in the series.

Derek Jeter

The Yankees’ captain made a game-changing defensive play to save a run in the eighth inning and connected for a two-out double in the sixth.

Sense of October
Back at the Metrodome with an 0-2 deficit, the Twins’ home confines was packed with a crowd of 54,735 waving white “Homer Hankies” to try to help Minnesota extend the series. Sunday’s loss marked the final baseball game played at the Metrodome.

Lines of the Game
Hitting
Jorge Posada
4 AB, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Comment:
The veteran catcher homered in the seventh inning and laced an RBI single into right field in the ninth to pad the lead.

Pitching
Joba Chamberlain
2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Comment:
Chamberlain pitched around a one-out double to keep the Twins from evening the score in the seventh inning.

Spoken
“People can say whatever they want about home runs and big hits. I mean, if you don’t pitch and you don’t defend, you are not going to win. The story of this [ALDS] has been CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte.” — Rodriguez

Next step
The Yankees will travel back home to New York and prepare for their next opponent, the Angels, for a best-of-seven AL Championship Series that starts on Friday.

~Short Hops

>YANKEES NEWS ALERT

>Yankees advance to ALCS

The Yankees keep on rolling. Winners of over 100 regular-season games, the Yankees sweep into the American League Championship Series with three straight wins over the Twins. Next up are the Angels, who completed their own sweep of the Red Sox. Game 1 of the ALCS is Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

>The Yankees defeated the Twins, 4-1, to sweep the ALDS and reach their first ALCS since 2004. New York will host the Angels in Game 1 on Friday on FOX.

>I watched game 2

>on T.V. of course, I wasn’t there, absolutely no way I can swing that. My boss was there, but then as we all know, my boss is a total shit. Anyway, when Jeter came up to bat in the 10th inning I thought maybe he would get the pie finally, then he was walked! I saw the game winning home run an inning later, the ‘wall scraper’ and I screamed like a little girl. I didn’t see the play mentioned below, where Jeter signaled to Swisher and pumped his fist, Em saw it and said she thought Jeter was going to start dancing right there on the field. I have never seen Mark as excited as he was when they were interviewing him after the game and A.J. finally got him with a pie! Now the only one left is Jeter.

Today was homecoming and Fred (the only one still in band) marched. I took him and Gwen, D had his biopsy yesterday so Em stayed with him. I think she just didn’t want to go to homecoming. Beacon lost 6 to 25. Fred stayed for the whole game, Gwen and I went to the car at 10 minutes before the end. We were getting cold and she couldn’t stop coughing. Then we had ice cream at Ron’s. Then we went up to the mall because I had no card for Ron’s (different Ron) gift. The wedding is tomorrow and I still don’t know what I am wearing!

>as it stands right now:

Division Series
Gm. 1 MIN@NYY Wed., Oct. 7 6:07 ET {Played NYY won}
Gm. 2 MIN@NYY Fri.., Oct. 9 6:07 ET {Played NYY won}
Gm. 3 NYY@MIN Sun., Oct. 11 7:07 ET {Played NYY won}
Gm. 4* NYY@MIN Mon., Oct. 12 5:07 ET
Gm. 5* MIN@NYY Wed., Oct. 14 6:07 ET
*If necessary
All games on TBS

>
A-Rod continues postseason resurgence as Yanks walk off

Fielding the Yankees’ Game 2 4-3 win over the Twins in 11 innings on a short hop …

In less then 25 words …
A.J. Burnett worked out of several early jams, Alex Rodriguez delivered two clutch hits and Mark Teixeira’s walk-off homer sealed the 11th-inning win.

Frozen moment
Shortstop Derek Jeter signaling to right fielder Nick Swisher to throw the ball to him so he could tag out Carlos Gomez beyond second base before the Twins’ Delmon Young could touch home plate. The play ended the fourth inning and kept Minnesota off the scoreboard, and a fired-up Jeter pumped his fist in the air after what was a big momentum-turner.

Big number
7:
Combined total of walks and hit batsmen by Burnett, who was wild but effective in working with backup catcher Jose Molina.

Game balls
Alex Rodriguez


Despite his oft-chronicled postseason struggles, Rodriguez continued to reverse the trend, connecting for an RBI single with two outs in the sixth to plate Jeter. He then blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

A.J. Burnett

With all of the buzz surrounding Burnett’s preference to pitch to Molina over Jorge Posada, the right-hander stepped up and silenced his critics. He struck out six and allowed one run on three hits, walking five over six innings.

Derek Jeter

Jeter, who delivered a key two-run homer in the Yankees’ 7-2 win in Game 1, continued to thrive in the clutch, answering the Twins’ run in the sixth inning with a double that led to a New York run.

Sense of October
Pinch-runner Brett Gardner stole second base and induced a wild pickoff throw to second from pitcher Joe Nathan to put a runner on third in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Lines of the Game
Hitting
Derek Jeter
4 AB, 2B, R
Comment:
Jeter had one of the Yankees’ two hits off Nick Blackburn and scored New York’s first run.

Pitching
Phil Hughes
2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, K
Comment:
The usually stoic Hughes struggled in his second career postseason relief appearance, giving way to a two-run Twins lead in the eighth.

Next step
The Yankees will fly to Minnesota for Saturday’s off-day before handing the ball to Andy Pettitte, looking for a series sweep in Game 3.

~Yankee’s Home Page~

>Here’s the schedule

>as it stands right now:

Division Series
Gm. 1 MIN@NYY Wed., Oct. 7 6:07 ET {Played NYY won}
Gm. 2 MIN@NYY Fri.., Oct. 9 6:07 ET
Gm. 3 NYY@MIN Sun., Oct. 11 TBD
Gm. 4* NYY@MIN Mon., Oct. 12 TBD
Gm. 5* MIN@NYY Wed., Oct. 14 TBD
*If necessary
All games on TBS

>CC, Jeter star to take down Twins in ALDS opener

Fielding the Yankees’ Game 1, 7-2 win over the Twins on a short hop …

In less then 25 words …
A two-run deficit didn’t faze the Yankees, who used their methodical offense and strong pitching from CC Sabathia in the ALDS opener.

Frozen moment
Nick Swisher’s two-handed, clenched-fist celebration at second base after chasing home Robinson Cano with an RBI double in the fourth inning. The hit gave the Yankees a lead they would never relinquish and earned a roar from the crowd in the first postseason game at the new Yankee Stadium.

Big number
29
~~ Postseason at-bats with a runner on base between hits for Alex Rodriguez, who snapped a streak that dated back to 2004 with an RBI single in the Yankees’ three-run fifth inning. A-Rod added an RBI single off the wall in right to pad the lead in the seventh.

Game balls

CC Sabathia


The Yankees’ ace left-hander didn’t appear to be at his sharpest, but he was good enough to limit the Twins to two runs in 6 2/3 innings. His team will take him slightly off his game if that effort includes an eight-strikeout performance with no walks and one hit batter.


Derek Jeter

With a leadoff single in the first, a game-tying two-run homer in the third and leadoff walks in the fifth and seventh innings, Jeter did his job atop the Yankees’ order. His homer, his 18th career postseason blast, tied Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle for third place on the all-time postseason homer list. He still has Manny Ramirez (28) and former Yankee Bernie Williams (22) ahead of him.

Hideki Matsui

A two-run homer to center field capped the Yankees’ three-run rally in the fifth inning and doubled their lead. That cushion proved to be of great comfort to New York when Phil Hughes helped Sabathia escape a jam in the top of the seventh.

Sense of October
After Sabathia left the game with two outs and two on in the seventh inning, Hughes entered and needed 10 pitches to dispose of pesky shortstop Orlando Cabrera. A hit would have brought the Twins within two and made the Yankees sweat, but Hughes got Cabrera swinging and exited to a roar from the 49,464 fans.

Hitting
Jeter
2 AB, 2 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
Comment:
Jeter showed a dynamic skill set with his game-tying two-run homer and fulfilled the job of a leadoff hitter by reaching base all four times he came up and scoring three runs.

Pitching
Sabathia
6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 8 K’s, 1 HBP
Comment:
Sabathia worked more than six innings in a postseason game for the first time in his career and picked up his first playoff win since 2007, when, while on the Indians, he beat the Yankees in Game 1 of the 2007 American League Division Series.

Next step
If the good A.J. Burnett shows up in Friday’s Game 2, the Yankees can put a stranglehold on the series before another off-day and a trip to Minnesota for Sunday’s Game 3.

~Yankee’s Home Page~