October 22, 2010 |
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.
October 19, 2010 |
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.
October 18, 2010 |
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.
October 16, 2010 |
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.
October 14, 2010 |
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.
October 16, 2009 |
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.
October 10, 2009 |
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.
October 5, 2006 |
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.
October 8, 2004 |
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]
October 7, 2003 |
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.