Alex Rodriguez entered the 2009 Major League Baseball playoffs with a rep as being a poor postseason player. In a matter of days, he has altered that rep and has now authored a number of memorable postseason moments. His latest chapter came Saturday night.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the 11th inning, the Los Angeles Angels got an RBI single by Chone Figgins to take a one-run lead. The Yankees needed to score in the bottom of the 11th. Rodriguez, who led off the inning, quickly took care of that issue by blasting a solo shot.
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In the first game of the 2009 baseball playoffs, the New York Yankees didn’t disappoint. With their stars playing like stars, the Yankees were able to beat the Minnesota Twins by a final count of 7-2.
On the mound, C.C. Sabathia was very good. He pitched 6.2 innings and gave up only one earned run while striking out eight batters. The relievers allowed only one more hit the rest of the way.
At the plate, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez led the way. Jeter was 2-for-2 with three runs, two RBIs and two walks. Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a run and two …read more
Earlier in the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared like they were going to easily win the NL West. But with the Colorado Rockies sprinting to the finish and L.A. slumping at the end, we saw a photo finish. On Saturday, the Dodgers beat the Rockies to finally clinch the NL West.
To get the victory, the Dodgers leaned on 21-year-old starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. In six innings of work, Kershaw gave up only three hits while striking out ten batters and giving up no runs. The bullpen pitched three perfect innings to give the Dodgers a 5-0 win.
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The Detroit Tigers could have clinched the AL Central with a win on Thursday. The Minnesota Twins weren’t having it. Instead, the Twins handed the Tigers an 8-3 defeat.
After Gerald Laird put the Tigers up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second inning, the Twins went on a tear. They scored the game’s next eight runs, with the biggest hit being a three RBI bases clearing double by Orlando Cabrera in the eighth inning.
Twins starting pitcher Scott Baker was very good. In five innings, he gave up five hits and no earned runs. With the win, he improved his …read more
After a perfect season last year, Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge has come crashing down to earth. On Wednesday against the Florida Marlins, Lidge blew another save and picked up another loss. At this point, one has to wonder how much longer the Phillies can keep using Lidge as the team’s closer.
Last season, Lidge was 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA and was a perfect 41-for-41 in save opportunities. This year has been totally different. He’s 0-8 with a 7.48 ERA and has blown 11 save chances out of 42.
Heading into the 9th inning with a 6-5 lead, Phillies manager Charlie …read more