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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #60 on: October 08, 2009, 07:30:56 PM »
joe torre dodgers up 2 games v st. louis
what ya sayin
LA vs NYY in the WS ;)
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #61 on: October 08, 2009, 07:37:10 PM »
game 1 bosox v angels on tbs now.sox line up strong.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #62 on: October 08, 2009, 09:43:31 PM »
2 blatant wrong calls by 1st base ump in angels favor.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #63 on: October 09, 2009, 02:47:29 PM »
2 blatant wrong calls by 1st base ump in angels favor.

this call

and this call


unbelievable. at least sox lost big and these calls weren't the ultimate reason.

but that 1st base ump is behind the plate tonight

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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #64 on: October 09, 2009, 04:48:56 PM »
boston hittin back hard 2nite
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #65 on: October 10, 2009, 07:03:31 PM »
would b very nice to see ah joe torre v yankees "world series." lets go LA.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #66 on: October 10, 2009, 07:12:30 PM »
dodgers wrap up cardinals in 3.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #67 on: October 11, 2009, 07:57:52 PM »
joe torre dodgers up 2 games v st. louis
what ya sayin
LA vs NYY in the WS ;)
it lookin like it headed that way...........angels win 3 zip v bosox.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #68 on: October 11, 2009, 08:48:42 PM »
NY sweep twins..................friday game 1 NY v LAA
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #69 on: October 12, 2009, 10:20:43 PM »
Werth caps 9th-inning rally as Phils finish Rockies
Chase Utley ducked near second base. The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies never flinched. Ryan Howard hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning and scored on Jayson Werth's single as Philadelphia rallied past the Colorado Rockies 5-4 in Game 4 on Monday night to reach the NL championship series. Brad Lidge, bouncing back from a rugged regular season, earned his second consecutive save by again retiring cleanup batter Troy Tulowitzki with runners at first and second for the final out.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #70 on: October 15, 2009, 08:08:00 PM »
manny just hit his 29th post season HR,most of all time.....end of de 5th.phillies leadin 5-4 over dodgers.NLCS game 1.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #71 on: October 18, 2009, 07:06:41 PM »
huh phillies rippin torre and de dodgers ah new asshole.6 zip bottom ah de 2nd.NLCS game 3.series tied at 1.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #72 on: October 19, 2009, 06:40:29 PM »
angels win game 3...5-4.NY lead 2-1
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« Reply #73 on: October 19, 2009, 09:54:00 PM »
ballgame done.5-4 phillies.lead series 3-1.
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« Reply #74 on: October 22, 2009, 07:17:11 AM »
Phillies show they're even better this year

PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies were well into their celebration at Citizens Bank Park when the object of all the fuss the Warren Giles Trophy, prize of the National League champion made its way from the dugout, up a flight of stairs and into the home clubhouse.

MLB Playoff Central
AL Championship Series
 Angels vs. Yankees
Yankees lead 3-1 
Game 4: Yankees 10, Angels 1

National League Championship Series
 Phillies vs. Dodgers
Phillies win 4-1 
Game 5: Phillies 10, Dodgers 4

 
A clubhouse worker, clad in Philadelphia red, was carrying the bounty. As he hurried past, I asked how much it weighed.

The guy smiled.

"Not as heavy as the real one," he said.

He never broke stride. He didn't stop to chat. He was too busy working after the Phillies beat the Dodgers 10-4 to win the NLCS and earn a return visit to the World Series.

Some baseball teams may claim to have a unified philosophy, right down to the anonymous guys who work behind the scenes. Well, I am here to tell you that Jimmy Rollins the unofficial team spokesman couldn't have articulated the Phillies' postseason vision any better than that.

Rollins and friends know how heavy the real one is. And they don't intend to stop until they get their hands on the World Series trophy.

Again.

"We've come a long way, man," said right fielder Jayson Werth, after smashing two home runs in the Game 5 rout.

"Here we are again. I don't have a whole lot more to say, other than, 'We've got four more games to win.'"

Oh, don't interpret Werth's remarks as some indication that the Phillies were reserved in celebrating their second consecutive NL title. They were not. There was champagne, there was beer, and there was a plume of cigar smoke near the dugout thicker than the steam in Manny's shower.

Werth said he and his teammates are "where we need to be," and he was right. They are the best team in the NL. That wasn't so obvious one week ago, when some people looked at the Dodgers' league-best win total and major league-best ERA and figured they could topple the defending champs.

The doubters and I'm including myself in that group should have known better.

We should have realized that Cliff Lee was a certifiable postseason ace.

We should have realized that NLCS MVP Ryan Howard and the rest of Charlie Manuel's mashers would help the Phillies win two substandard Cole Hamels starts.

We should have realized that Brad Lidge, with a healed-up knee and newly-installed cutter, would return to form when it mattered most.



We should have realized that the Phillies went 93-69 and won a third straight NL East title despite Lidge's struggles, despite injuries to Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer, despite a subpar regular season for Rollins.

The Phillies were luckier in 2008. But they are better in 2009. And maybe their trials had something to do with that.

"It was a lot tougher, that's for sure," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "We were running around with a bull's-eye on our chest. With the injuries we had, losing key people, it shows how complete of a team we are."

This team has an identity which is a credit to ownership, to the front office, to Manuel and his coaches, to the core of homegrown players. And general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., in his first year on the job, added the right pieces.

Lee. Ben Francisco. Pedro Martinez. Raul Ibanez. Chan Ho Park. They didn't win rings last year, but they are contributing now.

The Phillies are a scarier team now than they were one year ago, and it's not hard to find the supporting evidence. Check the respective routes to the World Series. This year's Rockies were better than last year's Brewers. This year's Dodgers were better than last year's Dodgers.

And Philadelphia beat them all.


"As I'm sitting here, I know we can win the World Series again," Manuel said late Wednesday. "But things have to be right for us. Plus, we've got to play the best."

I don't know if the Phillies are going to win the World Series. They are probably going to play the Yankees, and the Yankees have their best team since 2000 or thereabouts.

Even though they are the defending world champions, even though they needed only five games to eliminate the NL's best regular-season team, the Phillies will likely enter their next series as the underdog. Strange but true.

If it is New York and let's face it, that's very likely the Phillies will face a deficit in payroll, raw talent and power arms in the rotation. But they really play well together. That matters in October. When the manager of a defeated team talks about "the presence that they have," as Joe Torre did late Wednesday, that's a sure sign of a very special team.

"We gave them a fight," Torre said. "They just wouldn't back down. They kept going. They are certainly a better team."

Are they perfect? Hardly. Hamels, still not himself, didn't stick around long enough Wednesday to qualify for the win. And if you believe the speculation, star second baseman Chase Utley is injured for a second straight year.

The bruises are adding up. Rollins limped through the celebration, the result of being hit by a Clayton Kershaw pitch on Wednesday. Shane Victorino split from the on-field celebration early and put a large ice pack on his left elbow, near where he was hit by a pitch.

But I think Utley, Rollins and Victorino will find a way to get on the field for the next series. Just a guess.

As Wednesday's celebration wound down, I encountered Rollins in the clubhouse, with the hitch in his step and champagne soaking his clothes.

I asked if this playoff run was more impressive than the last, because of the obstacles that weren't there in 2008. He offered his answer without hesitation.

"Know what would impress me?" he asked. "Winning another World Series."

He must have heard that one from the clubhouse guy.

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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #75 on: October 22, 2009, 01:48:56 PM »
lookin like ah yankees phillies final.................lets go phillies.
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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #76 on: October 22, 2009, 09:35:22 PM »
angels take game 5...7-6.NY lead series 3-2.
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« Reply #77 on: October 26, 2009, 07:57:06 AM »
Yankees oust Angels to clinch AL pennantAssociated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez, welcome to the World Series. The New York Yankees are back in baseball's big event.

The sport's top spenders finally cashed in with their first pennant in six years Sunday night, beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 in Game 6 of the AL championship series behind the savvy pitching of that old October pro, Andy Pettitte.
Next up, New York hosts defending champion Philadelphia in the World Series opener Wednesday night. Cliff Lee is expected to face ALCS MVP CC Sabathia in an enticing pitching matchup between former Cleveland teammates - and the past two AL Cy Young Award winners.



"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, Johnny Damon hit a two-run single and Mariano Rivera closed it out in familiar fashion with a six-out save as the Yankees won their 40th American League crown by vanquishing the Angels, a longtime nemesis.

Now, the Yankees go for their record 27th title - when manager Joe Girardi was hired two years ago, he took jersey No. 27 with that in mind.

"We're just trying to enjoy this, man," Derek Jeter said. "Hopefully, we can play one more great series."

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 Angels, it was their latest playoff failure during a decade of consistent regular-season success. Since winning their only championship in 2002, the Angels are yet to return to the World Series despite five AL West titles in the past six years.

"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 Angels froze up in the raw chill in New York.

Pettitte escaped a jam in the sixth, going to 3-0 on Kendry Morales before knocking down a comebacker with runners at second and third to preserve a 3-1 edge. The left-hander pumped his fist, then headed for the dugout.
 
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 John Smoltz, and his fifth to close out a postseason series - also a major league record.

"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.

Joba Chamberlain got two key outs and Girardi went to a well-rested Rivera in the eighth. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Vladimir Guerrero, making it 3-2, then retired Morales to end the inning.

A diving play by first baseman Mark Teixeira helped Rivera escape further damage.

It was the first earned run allowed at home by the 39-year-old Rivera in a postseason save situation. But the Yankees added two insurance runs in the eighth on a pair of Angels errors and Teixeira's sacrifice fly.

Rivera finished up in the ninth for his record 37th postseason save, and the Yankees had their pennant.

"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 Yankees the lead with a single off 16-game winner Joe Saunders.

Including their unprecedented collapse against Boston in 2004, the Yankees had lost five straight times with a chance to close out an ALCS - and six in a row with an opportunity to end a playoff series.

But this time, New York got it done with help from Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera and Jorge Posada, all part of the late 1990s dynasty under manager Joe Torre.

Normally airtight on defense and fundamentals, the Angels made eight errors in the series and several other uncharacteristic mistakes.

The miscues continued early in the clincher, when 16-game winner Joe Saunders walked five in 3 1-3 shaky innings and Guerrero was doubled off first base on a shallow fly.

With no Rally Monkey bouncing around the video board in the Bronx, Los Angeles failed to pull off one of its signature comebacks. The Angels trailed in all eight of their playoff victories against New York, including a stirring 7-6 triumph in Game 5 on Thursday night that extended the series.

The Angels eliminated New York with division series wins in 2002 and 2005. They are the 73-63 against the Yankees in the regular season since 1996, when Jeter took over at shortstop and New York began a run of four World Series titles in five years.

Looking to lock up the pennant, the Yankees turned to a familiar source of success in Pettitte. The 37-year-old left-hander delivered, allowing one run in 6 1-3 innings for his second closeout win of these playoffs. He also beat Minnesota to complete a first-round sweep.

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 Angels, however, going 0-4 against them over the past two regular seasons. With a chance to put New York up 3-0 in this series, he squandered a 3-0 cushion on the road and took a no-decision in Game 3.

Pettitte was pitching at home for the Yankees in the postseason for the first time since their last World Series game, a 2-0 loss to Josh Beckett and the Florida Marlins in 2003.

This one was a different story, though. Los Angeles went ahead in the third when Pettitte hung a couple of curveballs. Unlikely playoff star Jeff Mathis, a part-time catcher who hit .211 during the regular season, led off with his fifth double of the series. He scored on a two-out single by Bobby Abreu, which gave the ex-Yankee four hits in 23 ALCS at-bats.

New York answered in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Robinson Cano. Nick Swisher was 3 for 30 in the series before his single, and Jeter walked to load the bases with one out.

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.


Notes
The Phillies won two of three at Yankee Stadium in May. ... Former Yankees star Bernie Williams received a raucous ovation before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Rodriguez has hit in 11 straight postseason games. ... Pettitte went to 0-2 on his first three batters. ... Two of the five playoff games at Yankee Stadium this year did not include a home run. That happened only once in 81 regular-season games.

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« Reply #78 on: October 28, 2009, 07:13:03 AM »
Phils' Rollins: We'll beat Yanks in 5 games

PHILADELPHIA - Jimmy Rollins has again predicted that his Phillies are going to beat a New York team.

But this is a little different than saying Philadelphia was the "team to beat" in the National League East two years ago.

On Monday night, Rollins said on "The Jay Leno Show" that the defending champion Phillies would beat the Yankees in the World Series.

In five games.

"Of course we're gonna win," Rollins told Leno.

As one would expect, Rollins hardly backed down from his statement on Tuesday, when players from both teams met with the media at Yankee Stadium.

"The positive about confidence is it radiates throughout the clubhouse," he explained. "Being one of the leaders, if you go out there with a negative mindset, people pick up on that. I've always been a confident person, a happy person."

The Yankees were not moved by Rollins' boast, dismissing the Philadelphia shortstop's comment Tuesday.

"He's been Nostradamus, that's what I heard," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. "He's been (making) a lot of good predictions, so we've got to take that away from him."

Rollins' boasts have drawn the ire of rival Mets fans in the past. He will likely encounter a similarly hostile reaction in the other New York ballpark on Wednesday night, when he digs in against CC Sabathia as the first batter of the World Series.


MLB Playoff Central
 Phillies vs. Yankees
Series tied 0-0 
Game 1: Wed. at Yankees, 7:57 ET
 
 
"I can't wait to come out and hear what they want to say," Rollins said. "That's fine. They're supposed to get on me. This is their house. This is New York. This is Yankee Stadium. I look forward to the challenge."

Rollins reminded reporters that he forecasted a Phillies-Yankees series in a spring edition of Playboy.

So, why five games instead of four, six or seven?

"I think it'd be very tough to take four (in a row)," Rollins said. "You figure one game, they're going to find a way to win. That's the way it is. We came here early this year. A-Rod (hit) a big home run in the ninth, and Melky (Cabrera) had us walking off the field rather slowly.

"But no one's afraid. There's no doubt about that. Our job, as it's always been, is to make sure we get a split on the road, to go home knowing that's where we've played our best ball the second half of the season."

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard wasn't bothered by the fact that Rollins made such a public prediction.

"That's just Jimmy," Howard said. "That's his M.O. He believes in this team. We believe in ourselves. Sometimes it takes that person to step up and try to push your teammates to believe. A lot of guys wouldn't do that. He believes in us. We believe in ourselves. If that's what he said, then, hey, we're going to go out there and do the best we can to make it right.

"He loves that spotlight. He loves putting that type of attention on himself and on our team. With those comments, here in Yankee Stadium, they're going to be all over him.

"And you know what? He wants that. He relishes that moment. It allows the focus to be on him. Then maybe somebody else can slide in and get the big hit."

Howard predicted that this could be "one of the rowdiest" World Series between the fan bases of two teams.

The front page of Tuesday's New York Post included a photo illustration of Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino in which his baseball pants were replaced by a cheerleader's skirt.


Pedro vs. Yankees
Pedro Martinez has plenty of postseason history against the Yankees. A look at his playoff numbers against the AL champs:
Overall
G GS W-L ERA K BB
6 5 1-2 4.72 40 13
At Yankee Stadium
G GS W-L ERA K BB
3 2 0-1 6.27 16 5
The caption read: "The Frillies are coming to town!" Victorino reacted angrily during Tuesday's media session when someone tried to arrange a photograph that would depict Victorino's face and the newspaper in the same shot.

And on the day Phillies manager Charlie Manuel named Pedro Martinez as his Game 2 starter, many were speculating about the reception Martinez would receive from Yankees fans.

Martinez is a former ace of the Red Sox and Mets who famously heard a chant of "Who's your daddy?" during the 2004 American League Championship Series.

"Everywhere I go, I've heard bad words," Martinez said. "Sometimes, fans don't really understand the way to be a fan. You can't blame anybody for not understanding what their limits are. Some of the obscene words they say, I would never mention those publicly. I would never say what I hear sometimes.

"People take it a little extra mile. If I was to throw (out) everybody that said some horrible words, probably half of the stadium would have to go out. That's the society we're living in. It's a shame, but I don't pay attention to those things. I just let it go, do a prayer for them every night and let God take care of them."

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Re: 2009 MLB Thread
« Reply #79 on: October 28, 2009, 09:32:24 PM »
yanks lose 6-1.very nice.i like.
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« Reply #80 on: October 28, 2009, 10:54:08 PM »
yanks lose 6-1.very nice.i like.

I'z ah Mets fan but I could NEVER root on ah Philly team over ANY NY team....  never happen.

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« Reply #81 on: October 29, 2009, 07:09:02 AM »
yanks lose 6-1.very nice.i like.

I'z ah Mets fan but I could NEVER root on ah Philly team over ANY NY team....  never happen.
i eh care they could be playin ah team assembled by hitler himself ah backin zee germans.
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« Reply #82 on: November 02, 2009, 07:49:59 AM »
Yanks 27 Outs From 27th Title
Burnett Goes On Short Rest Against Lee In Game 5 PHILADELPHIA (AP) ―  With a chance to clinch the crown, A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start on short rest against Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night.

CC Sabathia went on three days' rest Sunday night in Game 4, and Andy Pettitte could do the same in Game 6 if the Series returns to New York.

"Our guys feel good at this time of year," manager Joe Girardi said before a 7-4 victory gave his team a 3-1 Series lead. "We tried to give them some extra rest in the month of September, and they've had some extra rest during the playoffs that we thought was very important."

With right-hander Joba Chamberlain back in the bullpen, New York has stuck with three starters throughout the postseason. Girardi chose Burnett, who beat Pedro Martinez and the Phillies 3-1 in Game 2, over journeyman Chad Gaudin for Game 5.

Now, Burnett can pitch the Yankees to their 27th title and first since 2000.

"I'd lie if I said I wasn't going to go home and think about it all night," he said. "This is what you talk about growing up. I'm going to do my best to take full advantage of that. I'm not going to take it as just one ordinary game or another start. It's the World Series, Game 5, and I'm the starter. That's what it's all about."

Burnett is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts on short rest, though he hasn't tried it this season.

"To be honest, it's a little different, obviously, in October," he said. "But I feel good right now. Otherwise, I wouldn't take the ball."

New York's approach is a departure from the norm in baseball over the last two decades. According to STATS LLC, no team has won the World Series using only three postseason starters since the 1991 Minnesota Twins.

Jack Morris made five starts, Kevin Tapani four and Scott Erickson three that year for the Twins. Back then, however, the postseason lasted two rounds, not three.

The defending champion Phillies decided to keep Lee on regular rest, giving him the ball in Game 5 rather than setting up a rematch with Sabathia. Lee dominated the Yankees in the opener, tossing a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks in a 6-1 victory.

New York's only run was unearned, thanks to a throwing error by shortstop Jimmy Rollins in the ninth inning. Lee became the first pitcher in World Series history to have 10 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs allowed in a complete-game victory, STATS said.

"I don't really overcomplicate it or think, man, I just faced them the other day, it's going to be different now," Lee said. "It's still the same game. I've still got to go out there and locate pitches and do the things that I just said. And if I don't, bad things will probably happen. And if you do, good things will probably happen. That's how I look at it. It's really that simple."

Joe Blanton started Game 4 for Philadelphia against Sabathia. Neither got a decision.

Lee, who has never pitched on three days' rest, has been nearly unhittable in October, going 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA in four postseason starts totaling 33 1-3 innings. He has 30 strikeouts and three walks.

Burnett and Lee are each pitching in the postseason for the first time this year. Both from Arkansas, they've developed a friendship over the years.

"I didn't really know him growing up. He was a little ahead of me, but I knew who he was, obviously," Lee said. "It's not very often two guys from the state of Arkansas make it to the big leagues, much less square off against each other in the World Series. ... That's going to be a neat deal for our state and going to be a lot of fun, and something we can talk about for the rest of our lives."

Burnett and Lee share the same agent. They do offseason charity work together, and they chatted on the field before games this weekend.

"It's interesting. They've got two country boys from Arkansas going out," Burnett said. "We talked yesterday, first thing out of his mouth was, `Look at that Budweiser sign in right -- that's what I'm going to be aiming for.' I said, `Go ahead, 'cause I can hit, too. I was in the National League for six years.'

"It's going to be fun. It is one of those games you go out there and talk about it, but I can't worry about him too much. I've got a pretty tough lineup ahead of me tomorrow night, and I can't worry about what Cliff does. I've got to worry about what A.J. does."

Burnett said he enjoys pitching on three days' rest because his body doesn't allow him to overthrow. He threw about 30 fewer pitches than usual during his bullpen session Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I told them I felt good. I'm not going to lie to them and say I felt good if I didn't. ... I've been preparing for it just in case it was going to happen."

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« Reply #83 on: November 03, 2009, 08:26:59 AM »
phils take game 5....8-6.yanks lead 3-2.game 6 wed in bronx.
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« Reply #84 on: November 03, 2009, 07:21:15 PM »
phils take game 5....8-6.yanks lead 3-2.game 6 wed in bronx.

Let c if u backin a betta horse in d MLS than d NBA.
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« Reply #85 on: November 05, 2009, 07:53:37 AM »
Yankees beat Phillies to win 27th World Series titleAssociated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Paint the town in pinstripes! Nearly a decade after their dynasty ended on a blooper in the desert, the New York Yankees are baseball's best again.

Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBIs, Andy Pettitte won on short rest and New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 on Wednesday night, finally seizing that elusive 27th title - the most in all of sports.
It was the team's first since winning three straight from 1998-2000.
 
 
"It feels better than I remember it," Derek Jeter said. "It's been a long time."

Matsui, the Series MVP, powered a quick rout of old foe Pedro Martinez. And when Mariano Rivera got the final out, it was ecstasy in the Bronx for George Steinbrenner's go-for-broke bunch.

What a way for Alex Rodriguez and Co. to christen their $1.5 billion ballpark: One season, one championship.

It certainly ended a lot better than it started - with a steroids scandal involving A-Rod, followed by hip surgery that kept him out until May.

"My teammates, coaches and the organization stood by me and now we stand here as world champions," said Rodriguez, who admitted using steroids from 2001-03 while with Texas. "We're going to enjoy it, and we're going to party!"

For Chase Utley and the Phillies, it was a frustrating end to another scintillating season. Philadelphia fell two wins short of becoming the first NL team to repeat as World Series champions since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds.

Utley tied Reggie Jackson's record with five home runs in a Series. But Ryan Howard's sixth-inning homer came too late to wipe away his World Series slump, and Phillies pitchers rarely managed to slow Matsui and the Yankees' machine.

"I told them that I loved the way they played. We're fighters and never quit," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "We want to keep what we got as far as attitude and chemistry."

In a fitting coincidence, this championship came eight years to the day that the Yankees lost Game 7 of the 2001 World Series in Arizona on Luis Gonzalez's broken-bat single off Rivera.

Steinbrenner spent billions trying to win another Series. At long last, his team did.

Fittingly, it was dedicated to the 79-year-old owner, who has been in declining health and didn't make the trip from his home in Tampa, Fla.

Still, his presence was felt.

"Boss, this is for you," the giant video screen in center field flashed during postgame ceremonies while his son, Hal, the team's managing general partner, accepted the championship trophy.

"The Yankees won. The world is right again," team president Randy Levine said.

For the Four Amigos, it was ring No. 5.

Jorge Posada, Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera came up together through the minors and were cornerstones for those four titles in five years starting in 1996.



Now, all on the other side of age 35, they have another success to celebrate. And surely they remember the familiar parade route, up Broadway through the Canyon of Heroes.

"It's an honor for me to win a championship with those guys. They are Yankee legends," Mark Teixeira said.

But, hey, Babe and Yogi, Mr. October and Joltin' Joe - you've got company. Teixeira, CC Sabathia and a new generation of Yankees have procured their place in pinstriped lore.

Moments after the final out, Joba Chamberlain and Nick Swisher led a victory lap around the warning track, carrying flags that read "2009 World Series champions."

Players high-fived fans, then sprayed bubby behind the mound - the same sort of celebration Philadelphia enjoyed just last year after beating Tampa Bay.

"We think we can be back here again and again. We have a great squad," closer Brad Lidge said.

New York wasted its chance to wrap things up in Game 5 at Philadelphia, then set its sights on clinching the World Series at home for the first time since 1999.

While nine years between titles is hardly a drought for most teams, it was almost an eternity in Yankeeland.

New York's eight seasons without a championship was the third-longest stretch for the Yankees since their first one, following gaps of 17 (1979-95) and 14 (1963-76).

Jackson's three homers in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers made the Yankees champs in '77. On this November night, Matsui delivered a sublime performance at the plate that must have made Mr. October proud.


"It's awesome," Matsui said through a translator. "Unbelievable. I'm surprised myself."

Playing perhaps his final game with the Yankees, Matsui hit a two-run homer off Martinez in the second inning and a two-run single on an 0-2 pitch in the third.

A slumping Teixeira added an RBI single in the fifth off reliever Chad Durbin, and Matsui cracked a two-run double off the right-center fence against lefty J.A. Happ.

A designated hitter with balky knees, Matsui came off the bench in all three games at Philadelphia. Still, he had a huge Series, going 8 for 13 (.615) with three homers and eight RBIs. His go-ahead shot off an effective Martinez in Game 2 helped the Yankees tie it 1-all.

Bobby Richardson was the only other player with six RBIs in a World Series game, doing it for the Yankees in Game 3 against Pittsburgh in 1960. Richardson had a first-inning grand slam and a two-run single in the fourth.

Matsui's big hits built a comfortable cushion for a feisty Pettitte, who shouted at plate umpire Joe West while coming off the field in the fourth. Still, Pettitte extended major league records with his 18th postseason win and sixth to end a series.

The 37-year-old left-hander, pitching on three days' rest, became the first pitcher to start and win the clincher in all three postseason rounds. He beat Minnesota and the Los Angeles Angels in the AL playoffs.

Pettitte lasted 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs, four hits and five walks. Chamberlain and Damaso Marte combined for 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief before Rivera secured the final five outs.

"You don't look at it as a failure," Howard said. "We had a great season. We just got beat by the better team."

It had been nearly a half-century since players had won five titles with one team. The last to do it? Of course a bunch of Yankees: Yogi Berra (10 titles), Mickey Mantle (seven) and Whitey Ford (six) in 1962, according to STATS LLC.

For second-year manager Joe Girardi, a three-time Yankees champion as a player, it was the fulfillment of a mission. When he succeeded Joe Torre in October 2007, Girardi chose uniform No. 27, putting his quest on his back for all to see. His tenure didn't start out so well, with New York missing the playoffs in its final season at old Yankee Stadium following 13 consecutive appearances.


Notes
Howard set a World Series record with 13 strikeouts. ... Derek Jeter batted .423 in the Series. ... Teixeira had been 2 for 20 before his RBI single in the fifth. ... It was the fourth time Rivera got the final out of a World Series. ... Yankees LF Johnny Damon left after three innings with a strained right calf. ... All-Star CF Shane Victorino was in Philadelphia's lineup despite an injured index finger. Victorino was hit on the right hand by A.J. Burnett's fastball early in Game 5 and removed in the eighth inning.

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« Reply #86 on: November 05, 2009, 08:42:09 AM »
yanks lose 6-1.very nice.i like.

I'z ah Mets fan but I could NEVER root on ah Philly team over ANY NY team....  never happen.

You're one of those huh? Giants - Mets combo... relatively rare.

Rangers or Islanders?  ;D
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« Reply #87 on: November 05, 2009, 04:00:14 PM »
phils take game 5....8-6.yanks lead 3-2.game 6 wed in bronx.

Let c if u backin a betta horse in d MLS than d NBA.

Another dead horse  ;D
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« Reply #88 on: November 05, 2009, 04:22:05 PM »
phils take game 5....8-6.yanks lead 3-2.game 6 wed in bronx.

Let c if u backin a betta horse in d MLS than d NBA.

Another dead horse  ;D
gyul doh let ram meh foot up....u want to finish that. ;)...is friggin stress all arong.
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« Reply #89 on: November 05, 2009, 06:55:53 PM »
phils take game 5....8-6.yanks lead 3-2.game 6 wed in bronx.

Let c if u backin a betta horse in d MLS than d NBA.

Another dead horse  ;D
gyul doh let ram meh foot up....u want to finish that. ;)...is friggin stress all arong.

If u want 2 beat meh 4 baseball by june 4 d nba I will have 2 get security. Barataria u helpin a sista out
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