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People were already putting this team in a 2-0 hole, when they looked who was starting Game 2 for the Yankees. AJ Burnett had something to say about that last night. He pitched the game of his life, in what some called a “must win” game. In my opinion, it wasn’t a must win because they weren’t facing elimination, but it was a BIG GAME. You would never want to go on the road down 2-0 in a series.

Burnett had everything working last night. He was throwing his pitches for strikes, and proved that he has some of the best stuff in the game when he is on. The Philly hitters were lost at the plate. AJ went 7 strong innings, allowing 4 hits and one run. His final pitching line was: W, 7IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 9K. It was his first World Series win of his career. Give props to this guy who everyone doubted.

Mariano Rivera entered the game in the 8th inning to record a six out save. I thought it was a move that had to be made. You never know what AJ might have done if he stayed in, and Mo is a sure thing most of the time. It wasn’t an easy two innings for Rivera, but he slammed the door shut as he usually does.

The Yankees had no idea what to expect from Pedro Martinez. Sure, the media said they would get to him but this is still one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. Even though he doesn’t have the great stuff he once had, he knows how to pitch and he did exactly that. Pedro wound up going 6 innings, giving up 3 runs and struck out 8 batters. For the first five innings it looked as if the Yankees were in deep trouble, but the Yankees finally broke out of it in the 6th and 7th inning.

The first run put on the board for the Yanks was in the 4th inning, as Mark Teixeira hit a solo blast to tie up the game at 1-1. The next run came in the 6th inning, when Hideki Matsui hit a solo home run to put the Yankees up 2-1. In the 7th inning, Jorge Posada pinch hit for Jose Molina, and delivered an RBI single to put the Yanks up 3-1. That wound up being the final score.

With the Pedro returning and the “Who’s Your Daddy” chants, the great performance by Burnett, the clutch HR by Tex to put the team ahead, and Mariano closing it out….it turned into a classic game.

The Yankees now head to Philadelphia as the series is tied 1-1. Andy Pettitte will face off against Cole Hamels in Game #3 on Saturday. (more…)

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2009 World Series

The New York Yankees just came off winning their 40th pennant in franchise history. That’s a great accomplishment and all, but this is where it really starts. This team now begins a journey as they enter the Fall Classic, which can help lead this team to their 27th World Series Championship ring.

For any other team, having the best record in all of baseball during the regular season and winning the pennant would be satisfying enough, but not with this ball club. This team is favored to win it all, and they have all the tools to do so.

We have gone eight seasons without a championship, and it seems like an eternity. With the payroll this team has, the caliber players on the roster, and the home field advantage make them the team to beat.

I don’t know what to predict for the series, but I’m hoping for a Yankee win and an all-time classic. Go Yankees!  (more…)

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building will honor the New York Yankees and cheer on the team in their first two home games against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series. The building will shine its world famous tower lights in Yankees blue and white from Wednesday, October 28 to Thursday October 29.

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Jay-Z along with Alicia Keys will open up the festivities tomorrow night by performing the song “Empire State of Mind”  before Game#2 of the World Series.

They were originally scheduled to perform tonight, but the inclement weather has pushed them back one day. A statement from Jay-Z and Major League Baseball reads: “The performance was changed due to the forecast for inclement weather for Wednesday, October 28.”

“Staging for the performance could adversely impact the field if it is wet, creating damaged and unsafe playing conditions.” Jay-Z said of the performance, “As a die-hard Yankee fan, I’m honored to perform a song that celebrates the greatness of New York in one of our city’s most important landmarks, Yankee Stadium.”

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Here is the schedule for the 2009 World Series:

Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 28, Phillies at Yankees, 7:57 p.m.
Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 29, Phillies at Yankees, 7:57 p.m.
Game 3: Saturday, Oct. 31, Yankees at Phillies, 7:57 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, Nov. 1, Yankees at Phillies, 8:20 p.m.
Game 5: Monday, Nov. 2, Yankees at Phillies, 7:57 p.m.*
Game 6: Wednesday, Nov. 4, Phillies at Yankees, 7:57 p.m.*
Game 7: Thursday, Nov. 5, Phillies at Yankees, 7:57 p.m.*      

*If Necessary

YANKEE STADIUM

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Here are pictures from the Yankees clubhouse and stadium field after they won their 40th American League Pennant. Enjoy!

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Game 6 was just called and will be played tomorrow night at 8:20PM ET. If necessary, Game 7 will be played on Monday at 5PM.

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Andy Pettitte

Yankees (6-2) vs. Angels (5-3)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, 4.26) vs LHP Joe Saunders (0-0, 2.57)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF (more…)

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Don’t get me wrong here, AJ Burnett didn’t pitch well at all. At the same time, the Yankees offense didn’t support him. Burnett looked like he could have been knocked out after 2 innings, but he hung in there and gave them innings.

After falling behind 4-0 after one inning, the Yankees waited until the 7th inning to score runs. They were waiting for the long ball, and they just weren’t getting it. They constantly left runners on base, and when they needed a hit with RISP..they failed to capitalize.The offense scored all of it’s six runs int he 7th inning, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

Phil Hughes came on in relief to try and record the last out of the 7th inning. Hughes couldn’t hold the lead and was absolutely terrible. He was getting knocked around by the Angels. Phil wasn’t very good, but at the same time Girardi set him up for failure by putting him in such a tough situation. You would think they would want to start him off with a clean slate at the beginning of the inning. Chamberlain came on in the 8th inning and continued his poor pitching in the ALCS. He allowed two hits, and was immediately pulled for Mariano Rivera. As usual, Mo got the last two outs of the inning with no problem.

The Yanks dropped this game 7-6, and it was certainly a tough loss as the Yanks were only 9 outs away from winning the AL Pennant. It’s time to move on though. The Yankees will look toward Mr. Reliable…The Stopper…Andy Pettitte in Game 3. Let’s hope they can get it done in the Bronx on Saturday night.

 Sorry for getting this up so late…. (more…)

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AJ Burnett

Yankees (6-1) vs. Angels (4-3)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 2.84) vs RHP John Lackey (0-1, 3.18)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Molina C (more…)

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The Yankees stand 27 outs away from winning the American League Pennant. That’s right. All it takes is one more victory by the Yankees in this series, and the Yankees will be headed to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2003.

Carsten Charles Sabathia threw a hell of a game. Some weren’t sure if he should go on three days rest, but CC put all of that talk to rest with a terrific performance in this game. He went 8 innings, allowing 5 hits, and gave up only one earned run. His pitching line was: W (2-0), 8IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K. He had everything working for him, and he stepped up big time when they needed him most.

Chad Gaudin made his first appearance of the postseason in the 9th inning. With the game out of hand, Gaudin was able to pitch the last inning of the game, and it was a good one. He posted up a perfect frame.

It looked early on that it may be another one of those games where the Yankees wouldn’t be able to push a runner across the plate. That wasn’t the case as the game progressed.

 The scoring all began in the 4th inning. Alex Rodriguez led off the inning with a single. Jorge Posada than doubled, which allowed Alex to move to third base. Robinson Cano reached on a fielder’s choice, which allowed Alex to score. The Yanks put the first run on the board and led 1-0. Melky Cabrera than singled, which allowed Posada and Cano to cross the plate. The Yanks were up 3-0 after 4 innings of play.

In the 5th inning, Alex Rodriguez delivered a two-run home run to put the Yankees ahead 5-1. In the 8th and 9th inning, the Yankees just padded their lead, scoring two more runs in the 8th and three in the 9th. Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer as well in the 8th inning to put the team ahead 7-1. The game was pretty much in the books, but they didn’t stop there. In the 9th inning, Melky Cabrera delivered a double, (third hit of the game) which knocked in two more runs to put the Yankees up 10-1. That wound up being the final score.

It’s definitely going to be a tough choice to decide between CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez for the ALCS MVP. The Yankees now stand one game away from clinching the pennant. How exciting. The Yankees will look towards A.J. Burnett to deliver a strong performance in Game 5 on Thursday. (more…)

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CC Sabathia

Yankees (5-1 vs. Angels (4-2)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.13) vs LHP Scott Kazmir (0-0, -.–)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

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