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Andy Pettitte

Yankees (10-4) vs. Phillies (9-5)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 6.00) vs RHP Pedro Martinez (0-1, 4.50)

Lineup

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

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Pedro Martinez, the “most influential player to ever walk into Yankee Stadium” will take the hill tonight against the New York Yankees. Martinez is the only thing standing  in their way right now. He might very well be making his last start in the Bronx in his career. If you’re headed down to the Bronx tonight, I better hear your voices. Let’s give ’em hell!

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The Hunt for 27

The stadium will be rockin’ tonight, as the Yankees can finally clinch their long anticipated 27th World Championship. Here is the schedule of events before Game #6 tonight:

4:50 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Yankees Hit, 5:00 p.m. Gates Open to the Public, 5:00 p.m. Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel available in the interview room, 5:50 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Phillies Hit, 7:35 p.m. Lineups Announced, 7:45 p.m. Presentation of Colors: United States Coast Guard Color Guard, 7:46 p.m. National Anthem: Mary J. Blige, 7:49 p.m. Ceremonial First Pitch, 7:51 p.m. Game Ball Delivered to Mound – Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 7:52 p.m. Umpires and Managers to Home Plate, 7:55 p.m. Yankees Take the Field, 7:57 p.m. First Pitch

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Here are the pitching probables for Games 6 & 7 of the World Series. Let’s hope we wrap it up tomorrow night, so we don’t need to worry about Game 7.

Wed: RHP Pedro Martinez (0-1, 4.50) vs LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 6.00)

Thurs: Hamels/Myers/Happ/Blanton (0-0, -.–) vs LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 3.29) *

*If necessary

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AJ Burnett

Yankees (10-3) vs. Phillies (8-5)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (1-0, 1.29) vs LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Gardner CF
Molina C
Burnett P

*MLB just announced that Ramiro Pena will replace Melky Cabrera on the roster* (more…)

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I guess nobody told the Philly fans that waving a white towel means that you surrender.

CC Sabathia pitched on three-days rest once again, and showed exactly how valuable an asset he is to this ball club. He may not have had his best stuff out there, but he put forth his best effort and kept them in the game. Sabathia struggled early on, but he re-grouped to post a solid performance. His pitching line was: 6.2IP 7H 3R 3ER 3BB 6K. I don’t think you could have asked for much more.

Joe Blanton took the hill for the Phillies last night, and the consensus was that the Bombers were going to clobber him. That wasn’t the case. The Yankees struck first by posting a 2 runs on the board in the 1st inning. Blanton than went on to retire the next 11 batters in a row. Jeter and Damon got to him int he 5th inning, as they both delivered RBI singles to put the Yankees up 4-2. Yes, the Yankees did get 4 runs off of him, but they didn’t really knock him out of the game. Blanton tossed 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs and struck out seven batters. That was a lot better than most expected out of him.

CC was pulled from the game with one out remaining in the 7th inning. Girardi handed the ball over to Damaso Marte, who recorded the last out of the inning without a problem. It’s amazing how this guy couldn’t get an out recorded during the regular season, and now he is the “go to” guy.

Joba entered the game in the 8th inning, firing blazing fastballs and it looked as if he was going to be unstoppable. He struck out Werth and Ibanez swinging. Pedro Feliz stepped up to the plate and delivered a solo blast to tie up the game at 4-4. It really killed the hope of winning this game for many Yankees fans, as the Phillies had last licks.

The Yankees came up in the top of the 9th inning looking to get the go ahead run, and they did exactly that. This group of players has shown a lot of fight this season, and they seem to never out of the game. In the 9th, Matsui and Jeter got out quickly to start off the inning. It looked very bleak at that point. Damon than hit a single, stole 2nd base, and advanced to third base because nobody was covering. It was a great heads up play by Johnny. Teixeira than followed that with a HBP. So, two men were on (1st and 3rd) with two outs in the inning. Rodriguez stepped up the plate and delivered an RBI double to left field to put the Yankees up 5-4. Alex may not have such a high batting average in the Fall Classic, but he has certainly delivered when it mattered most.

Jorge Posada than followed that with a 2-run single to expand the lead to three runs. Mariano Rivera than closed out the game in the 9th inning, recording his 2nd save of the World Series. Joba wound up with a blown save and the win. The game ended with a final score of 7-4.

Where’s Jimmy Rollins now? Phillies in 5…? More like Yanks’ in 5! AJ Burnett will take the hill later today, as he will try and clinch the Yankees 27th World Championship. He will be opposed by LHP Cliff Lee. (more…)

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I’ve waited 9 years and 7 days for this day to come. I was 9 years old the last time they won a championship. Let’s do it for New York City, the fans, and The Boss!

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CC Sabathia

Yankees (9-3) vs. Phillies (8-3)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 2.57) vs RHP Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–)

Lineup

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

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Yankee Stadium

The New York Yankees announced that they will open up the stadium’s field level and Great Hall to the public to watch Game #4 of the world Series.

From the press release:

Turnstiles between Gates 4 and 6 will open at 7:00 p.m. for the 8:20 p.m. game. Fans can watch the Game in the Great Hall or in the opened sections of the Field Level.

“When we opened the Stadium for Game 3 in the ALCS, the response was positive and the energy from our fans was truly infectious. They really enjoyed coming together to watch the game,” said Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees Managing General Partner. “Once we reached the World Series, we felt that it was the perfect time to open the Stadium again. We remain grateful for the support of the best fans in baseball.”

Food and concession stands will be open and available to fans. NYY Steak and Hard Rock Café will also be open.

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Andy Pettitte got into trouble in the 2nd inning, and it looked like it might be a short night for him. That wasn’t the case though, as Andy battled through it and delivered 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits. His final line was: W, 6IP 5H 4R 4ER3BB 7K. Pettitte won his Major League-leading 17th postseason game.

Joba Chamberlain tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning and Damaso Marte hurled a nice eighth. Girardi went to Hughes to close out the game, as Joe thought it would be a good idea to give Mo the day off. That didn’t happen though. Hughes’ postseason woes continued, as he gave up a solo blast to Carlos Ruiz. Girardi turned to Rivera for the last outs and he slammed the door with ease.

A-Rod, Swisher, and Matsui all went yard on the game. Alex belted the first video-reviewed home run in World Series history. Rodriguez’s homer was his sixth of the postseason, tying a Yankees club record owned by Bernie Williams in 1996. Andy Pettitte got a run-scoring single to center to tie up the game at 3-3 in the top of the 5th inning. It was awesome. It was the first RBI by a Yankees pitcher in the World Series since Jim Bouton in 1964. The offense really unloaded in this bandbox and it was fun to see them take the crowd out of the game.

You have to feel confident up 2-1 in the series with our ace taking the mound tomorrow night. He will be opposed by Joe Blanton, as the Phillies don’t want to throw Cliff Lee out there on three days rest. If they win tomorrow, no matter what…they can’t go home down in the series (more…)

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Andy Pettitte

Yankees (8-3) vs. Phillies (8-3)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, -.–) vs LHP Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–)

Lineup

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

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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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