Yankees 5, Angels 2
The sport’s top spenders finally cashed in with their first pennant in six years Sunday night, beating the Los Angeles
Next up, New York hosts defending champion Philadelphia in the World Series opener Wednesday night.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like a 10-year-old kid.”
Ridiculed in the past for his October flops, Rodriguez played a huge role in helping his team advance through the playoffs, batting .438 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. The slugger earned his first trip to the World Series during a 16-year career in which he’s accomplished almost everything else.
Pettitte set a postseason record for wins,
“We’re just trying to enjoy this, man,”
Not a bad way for Jeter and crew to finish up the first season at the team’s new $1.5 billion ballpark
For manager Mike Scioscia and his sloppy
“At times we played good baseball. At times we shot ourselves in the foot,” Scioscia said.
After rain postponed Game 6 for a day, the clear weather and mild, 58-degree temperature at first pitch was a stark change from the first two games of the series, when the
Pettitte escaped a jam in the sixth, going to 3-0 on
Pettitte left to a standing ovation with one on and one out in the seventh and tipped his cap to the sellout crowd of 50,173, the largest at the new Yankee Stadium. He earned his 16th postseason win, breaking a tie with
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in Andy when he’s on the mound. He’s been a big-game pitcher for us for 14 years,” Jeter said.
A diving play by first baseman
It was the first earned run allowed at home by the 39-year-old Rivera in a postseason save situation. But the
Rivera finished up in the ninth for his record 37th postseason save, and the
“You bring him in, you feel like the game’s over. He’s the best,” Pettitte said.
Rodriguez reached base all four times up Sunday and drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth that put New York up 3-1. Earlier in the inning, Damon gave the
Including their unprecedented collapse against Boston in 2004, the
But this time, New York got it done with help from Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera and
Normally airtight on defense and fundamentals, the
The miscues continued early in the clincher, when 16-game winner
With no Rally Monkey bouncing around the video board in the Bronx, Los Angeles failed to pull off one of its signature comebacks. The
Looking to lock up the pennant, the
Always a picture of poise and focus in October, narrowed eyes peering between his cap and glove as he takes his signs on the mound, Pettitte owns postseason records with 38 starts and 237 1-3 innings pitched.
He’s had trouble with the
Pettitte was pitching at home for the
This one was a different story, though. Los Angeles went ahead in the third when Pettitte hung a couple of curveballs. Unlikely playoff star
New York answered in the fourth after a leadoff walk to
Damon lined a two-run single over shortstop, and Teixeira’s infield single loaded the bases again.
That was it for Saunders, who walked off as he and Scioscia appearing perturbed by plate umpire Dale Scott’s strike zone.