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October 17, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Despite a matchup of two winless teams, ABC's football broadcast Monday night outdrew Fox's broadcast of a deciding baseball playoff game between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics. Monday Night Football - Dallas defeated Washington, 9-7, on a final-play field goal - got a 9.9 rating compared with an 8.4 for the Yankees' win in Game 5 of the American League division series. The last time a baseball playoff game drew more viewers than a Monday football game was in 1996, when Game 2 of the World Series between the Yankees and Atlanta Braves got a 14.0 rating.
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August 13, 2001 | THE INQUIRER
Jose Rijo will be promoted to the big leagues as a long reliever on Friday, completing a comeback from four major elbow operations by pitching out of the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen. Rijo, 36, was the 1990 World Series most valuable player for the Reds but hasn't pitched in the majors since July 18, 1995, when he took himself out of a game because of elbow pain. He threw one shutout inning for triple-A Louisville yesterday. The Chicago Cubs placed Kerry Wood on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
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October 19, 2001 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Is America tired of seeing the New York Yankees in the World Series? Third baseman Eric Chavez of the Oakland Athletics said basically that before Game 5 of his team's American League division series against the Yankees last year. He remarked that the Yankees had enjoyed a nice run and that it was time to let someone else have a chance. That only fired up the Yanks en route to their third straight World Series championship, their fourth in five years and their 26th overall. Apparently, there are other people who share Chavez's view.
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October 5, 2002 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Anaheim Angels are in the postseason for the first time in 16 years, and they'd like to stay there. That's why the Angels will bring back ace lefthander Jarrod Washburn on three days' rest to start Game 4 of their American League division series against the New York Yankees today. The Yankees will start 19-game winner David Wells. He will be pitching on a full week of rest. Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said that he would make his decision on whether to start Washburn over rookie John Lackey after last night's Game 3. But there wasn't much of a decision for Scioscia to make, because Lackey entered the game in the third inning.
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October 10, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Denny Neagle picked the wrong time for a slump. The New York Yankees lefthander was 0-3 with a 15.19 earned run average in his last three starts of the regular season. That landed him in the bullpen for the American League Division Series against Oakland. He only was asked to warm up once and never got into a game. But with the Yankees' three-man rotation depleted, Neagle will start tonight in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against visiting Seattle. The Mariners counter with righthander Freddy Garcia.
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October 8, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon is having a recurrence of migraine headaches that first bothered him after a collision in last year's playoffs. Damon is not expected to miss any playing time. The Red Sox host Anaheim today (4:09, ESPN) in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Boston leads the best-of-five series, 2-0. "The first 2 months of the offseason, I had migraines every day," he said yesterday, an off-day in the series. "I started having them again [Wednesday]
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October 5, 2006 | By Claire Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For one of the few times in recent memory, Derek Jeter seemed a wee bit sheepish. The perennial New York Yankees all-star had just dropped five hits on the Detroit Tigers to help his team make the first emphatic statement in the American League division series by way of an 8-4 Game 1 victory Tuesday night. "I don't think they like me too much in Detroit to begin with," a grinning New Jersey-born but Kalamazoo, Mich.-raised Jeter would later say. "Every time I'm there, they say I'm a sellout for playing in New York.
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October 10, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
With Jered Weaver picking up right where John Lackey left off for the Los Angeles Angels, not even Josh Beckett could keep the Boston Red Sox from the brink of playoff elimination. Weaver yielded two hits while dominating Boston into the eighth inning, and Maicer Izturis drove home the tiebreaking run in Los Angeles' 4-1 victory over the Red Sox last night, extending the Angels' lead to 2-0 in their American League Division Series. Game 3 is tomorrow at Fenway Park, with Boston's Clay Buchholz facing Angels newcomer Scott Kazmir.
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October 3, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Barry Zito got plenty of rest, but no relaxation on the night before he dominated the Boston Red Sox. While his Oakland teammates worked late for a 12-inning victory in the American League Division Series opener, Zito was wide awake in bed. He turned the radio on and off, called his parents - anything to stay occupied until the Athletics were finished. Yesterday, Zito had a spring in his step and a nasty dip in his curveball - and he put the A's in command of the best-of-five series by striking out nine over seven impressive innings.
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October 23, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jaret Wright has been all over the performance chart in his first postseason. He was awesome in the American League division series, beating the defending world champion Yankees twice. He was awful in the championship series, giving up three home runs to Baltimore in the third inning of Game 4. Last night, in Game 4 of the World Series, he was somewhere in the middle. Not awesome. Not awful. Adequate? Yes. Acceptable? Most definitely. The rugged, 21-year-old rookie righthander pitched six competent innings to help the Cleveland Indians even the World Series at two games apiece with a 10-3 win over the Marlins at snowy Jacobs Field.
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October 22, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers waited four minutes to start Friday's American League Championship Series game with the New York Yankees and 50 years to earn their first World Series berth. Both were worth the wait. The four-minute delay was courtesy of rain, but after that the Rangers went about their business, ending their long World Series drought with a 6-1 win over the Yankees at the Ballpark in Arlington. So, if the Phillies make it to a third consecutive World Series, they will face a third different opponent.
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October 19, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Righthander A.J. Burnett hopes his first postseason start of this year for the New York Yankees can rival his initial World Series start last season. Burnett is listed as the starter to oppose Tommy Hunter in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. When asked before Monday's Game 3 if there was any chance he could change his mind on pitching Burnett, Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave himself some wiggle room. "We are on rotation is probably the easiest way for me to put it," Girardi said.
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October 18, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas Rangers lefthander Cliff Lee returns to the postseason in Yankee Stadium on Monday, hoping to duplicate one of the greatest performances in Phillies history. The American League Championship Series resumes in New York with the Rangers and Yankees tied at one game apiece. Lee will face Yankees lefthander Andy Pettitte in the first of three games at Yankee Stadium. "It's 1-1 and basically turns into a five-game series now, and we will go in there and try to take care of business in New York," Lee said in the locker room after Saturday's 7-2 win over the Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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October 16, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas Rangers righthander Colby Lewis , who will pitch Saturday in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, has taken the long road back to the major leagues. Through 2007, Lewis had pitched for three big-league teams, including Texas. Then he spent two years with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central League. Lewis was 26-17 in two seasons in Japan before signing as a free agent with Texas in January. The 31-year-old, who went 12-13 with a 3.72 ERA this season, had not envisioned pitching again in Texas, or in the United States for that matter.
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October 14, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington insists he wasn't surprised by the dominance of Cliff Lee in the team's first-ever playoff-series victory. A day after Lee won the clinching fifth game in a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, Washington said that acquiring the former Phillies lefthander was all part of the master plan to enable the Rangers to reach a previously unreachable level. "That is why we got him, for this point when we got to the playoffs," Washington said on Wednesday at an otherwise empty Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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October 16, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Nothing burnishes a major-league ballplayer's resume like postseason success. Fair or not, it's often what defines careers because it illustrates an athlete's ability to rise when the stakes are highest. The Yankees' CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez began the postseason with some burnishing to do, and they will be key factors in whether New York can get past the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship Series, which is scheduled to begin here tonight. Their abilities are beyond question: Sabathia has been among the game's top lefthanders since he went 17-5 his rookie season with Cleveland in 2001.
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October 10, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
With Jered Weaver picking up right where John Lackey left off for the Los Angeles Angels, not even Josh Beckett could keep the Boston Red Sox from the brink of playoff elimination. Weaver yielded two hits while dominating Boston into the eighth inning, and Maicer Izturis drove home the tiebreaking run in Los Angeles' 4-1 victory over the Red Sox last night, extending the Angels' lead to 2-0 in their American League Division Series. Game 3 is tomorrow at Fenway Park, with Boston's Clay Buchholz facing Angels newcomer Scott Kazmir.
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October 5, 2006 | By Claire Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For one of the few times in recent memory, Derek Jeter seemed a wee bit sheepish. The perennial New York Yankees all-star had just dropped five hits on the Detroit Tigers to help his team make the first emphatic statement in the American League division series by way of an 8-4 Game 1 victory Tuesday night. "I don't think they like me too much in Detroit to begin with," a grinning New Jersey-born but Kalamazoo, Mich.-raised Jeter would later say. "Every time I'm there, they say I'm a sellout for playing in New York.
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October 8, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon is having a recurrence of migraine headaches that first bothered him after a collision in last year's playoffs. Damon is not expected to miss any playing time. The Red Sox host Anaheim today (4:09, ESPN) in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Boston leads the best-of-five series, 2-0. "The first 2 months of the offseason, I had migraines every day," he said yesterday, an off-day in the series. "I started having them again [Wednesday]
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October 7, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez and even that maligned Boston bullpen - they all were tougher than any curse. Martinez pitched seven gritty innings, and Ramirez broke his slump with a decisive three-run homer as the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game playoff comeback, beating the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, last night in Game 5 of their American League Division Series. Boston got its fourth playoff series victory since its last World Series title in 1918, while Oakland's frustration continued.
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