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Angels Hold Off Yankees, Extend Series

Los Angeles scores seesaw 7-6 victory to avoid elimination

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Angels stayed alive in the American League Championship Series with a nail-biting 7-6 victory over the New York Yankees tonight. The Angels lost a big lead before pulling back ahead in the seventh inning, then saw the Yankees load the bases with two out in the ninth... More »

Yankees Club Angels, Lead Series 3-1

A-Rod homers again as New York wins 10-1, pulls within win of Series berth

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez hit his third home run of the series and Melky Cabrera drove in four runs as the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels, 10-1, tonight, to move within one victory of a berth in the World Series. CC Sabathia allowed the single run on five hits... More »

Angels Win in 11, Trim Yankees' Lead

Mathis' RBI double delivers 5-4 victory; New York now up 2-1

(Newser) - Jeff Mathis hit a two-out double in the 11th inning to drive home the winning run, and the Los Angeles Angels survived a second consecutive thriller for a 5-4 victory over the Yankees today, trimming New York's lead in the American League championship series to 2-1. Howie Kendrick homered, tripled... More »

A-Rod, Yanks Top Angels in 13th

Slugger comes through with clutch homer in chilly Game 2

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez is putting all those playoff failures behind him, and the LA Angels are turning the AL championship series into a defensive debacle. Coming through under pressure once again, Rodriguez hit a tying homer in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees edged Los Angeles 4-3 last night... More »

Sabathia, Yankees Overpower Minnesota in Game 1

Jeter leads offensive assault as New York cruises 7-2

(Newser) - Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia got the New York Yankees off to a winning postseason start in their new ballpark—and even Alex Rodriguez broke out of his playoff rut against the Minnesota Twins. Jeter tied it with a two-run homer, Sabathia was the ace the Yankees signed him to... More »

In Classic, Twins Clip Tigers for Final Playoff Spot

Minnesota earns right to face Yankees with 6-5 victory in 12 innings

(Newser) - The Minnesota Twins rallied twice tonight, including in extra innings, to beat the Detroit Tigers in a one-game playoff to decide the American League Central division, winning 6-5 in 12 innings and grabbing baseball’s final postseason spot. It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Twins, who begin their... More »

Rays KO Sox, Head to Series

(Newser) - The worst-to-first Tampa Bay Rays completed a stunning run to their first World Series, holding off the defending champion Boston Red Sox, 3-1, last night behind Matt Garza's masterful pitching in Game 7 of the ALCS. "It's unbelievable," center fielder BJ Upton said. "We battled a lot... More »

Red Sox Send Angels Packing

(Newser) - When it turns to October, no one dominates like Boston. Jason Bay slid headfirst into home plate to score on Jed Lowrie's two-out single in the ninth inning tonight as the defending World Series champs beat Los Angeles, 3-2, in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. The Sox advance... More »

Angels Finally Avert Sweep, Stay Alive in 12

(Newser) - Francisco Rodriguez's biggest save of a record-breaking season came in a tie game. Rodriguez wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning, Mike Napoli hit two early homers before scoring the go-ahead run in the 12th and the Los Angeles Angels avoided another playoff sweep by beating the... More »

BoSox Edge Out Angels, 7-5

Boston leads series 2-0 as teams head to Fenway

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox triumphed against the Los Angeles Angels 7-5 in a rollercoaster outing that left Boston up 2-0 in the division series, the Boston Herald reports. The Sox opened an early 5-1 lead, but the Angels closed the gap; it all came down to a two-run homer by... More »

Rays, Longoria Take Game 1

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Rays made their postseason debut in fine fashion today. Rookie third-baseman Evan Longoria hit home runs in his first two at-bats as the Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in Game 1 of their AL series, the Tampa Tribune reports. Longoria added an RBI single to... More »

Sox a Game Away From Twins Showdown

5-1 win over Indians leaves tough Tigers last obstacle to playoff

(Newser) - The American League Central Division crown is still up for grabs with the resounding White Sox win yesterday over the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Sox—a half game behind the Minnesota Twins—play a make-up game against the Detroit Tigers today. If the Sox lose,... More »

Red Sox In, Yankees Out

(Newser) - The World Series champs are back in the playoffs. The Red Sox clinched at least a wild-card berth with a 5-4 win over Cleveland tonight, the Boston Globe reports. The victory officially eliminates the Yankees from playoff contention and ends their streak of 13 consecutive appearances. The Red Sox can... More »

Drew Slams Sox Past Indians

(Newser) - Curt Schilling pitched seven strong innings last night and the Boston offense came through in a big way to launch the Red Sox over the Indians, 12-2, and force Game 7 of the ALCS, reports the Boston Herald. J.D. Drew set the tone in the first with a two-out... More »

Beckett Is Boston's Life Support

(Newser) - It  was do or die for the Red Sox last night, and this time they did. Josh Beckett posted 11 strikeouts and one walk in eight powerful innings, and Kevin Youkilis led a surging Boston offense with a triple and homer, reports the Providence Journal. The 7-1 win keeps the... More »

Indians Poised to Eliminate Sox

Boston's three straight homers aren't enough as Cleveland slams Wakefield for 7-3 win

(Newser) - The Cleveland Indians moved to within one game of the World Series last night with a 7-3 takedown of the Red Sox, reports the AP. Cleveland's runs came in a breakout fifth inning against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and reliever Manny Delcarmen. Despite making postseason history two innings later, the Red... More »

Indians Roll Dice For Series Lead

Westbrook holds Red Sox back as Matsuzaka folds again to hand Cleveland a 4-2 win

(Newser) - Daisuke Matsuzaka's second postseason outing for Boston last night went much like his first: he gave up four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Unlike his last appearance, Matsuzaka got the loss, as Cleveland's Jake Westbrook reigned in the Red Sox for a 4-2 defeat. The Indians now... More »

BoSox Bullpen Gives Game Away in 11th

Monster rally boosts Cleveland to 13-6 win to even the series 1-1

(Newser) - The Red Sox suffered their first postseason loss last night as the Boston Bullpen let a 6-6 tie explode into a 13-6 embarrassment in the 11th inning. Starting pitchers Curt Schilling and Fausto Carmona both left high scores in their wake after just over four innings, but Eric Gagne got... More »

Indians Send Yankees Home

Cleveland to face Boston in ALCS; Torre likely to be axed

(Newser) - The Cleveland Indians took Game 4 of the ALDS, defeating the Yankees 6-4 last night to advance to the ALCS, reports the AP. While the Indians have their eye on their first World Series title since 1948, questions consume the Bronx: Will Joe Torre get the ax? Can the Yanks... More »

Yankees, Torre Still in the Game

8-4 win in the Bronx keeps playoff hopes and manager's job alive for one more day

(Newser) - Trailing 0-2 in the ALDS and behind 3-1 in the fourth inning of last night's game, the Yankees finally rallied for an 8-4 win against Cleveland, reports the New York Daily News. The victory keeps the Yanks in the playoffs and Joe Torre at their helm; owner George Steinbrenner decreed... More »

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