The Yankees continued their postseason dominance against the Twins, claiming their eighth straight postseason victory against Minnesota in a 6-1 triumph to conclude a three-game sweep in the AL Division Series.
New York was led by a dominant effort by starter Phil Hughes, making his first career playoff start. Hughes -- whom the Yankees refused to trade to the Twins as part of a potential deal for former two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana after the 2007 season -- tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six. Hughes did not allow a runner past second base.
The Yankees offense struck early against Twins starter Brian Duensing. Robinson Cano tripled in the second inning and scored on a Jorge Posada single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and New York never looked back, adding on with a Mark Teixeira RBI single in the third and a two-run homer from Marcus Thames in the fourth....
Tampa Bay scored five runs in the final two innings, overcoming a one-run deficit heading into the eighth, eventually claiming a 6-3 win over the Rangers in Game 3 of the teams' American League Division Series, Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The late-game surge was capped by ninth-inning home runs from Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena.
Tampa Bay came into the game hitting just .125 for the series, having gone just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the first two contests (both Texas wins). The Rays weren't having much better luck for the majority of Game 3, with Texas starter allowing no runs on just two hits over five innings. Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza was almost equally as effective, giving up just two runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings.
The Rangers had claimed a 2-1 lead in the seventh thanks to Ian Kinsler's leadoff homer. Texas also got a ninth-inning home run from Nelson Cruz off...
North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns as Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien finally got a measure of revenge on his former employer in a 44-17 blowout of the BC Eagles in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday.
After starting the season 2-0, BC suffered its third straight loss in their largest margin of defeat. The BC defense was unable to find an answer to Wilson, who was 38-of-51 with two interceptions, one by linebacker Mark Herzlich.
The biggest storyline of the day was O'Brien, looking for his first win against Boston College, since leaving after the 1996 season. BC had beaten him in three previous encounters before Saturday.
The Eagles started quarterback Dave Shinskie who regained his starting posistion after an injury to freshman Chase Rettig and a poor performance by Mike Marscovetra left Spaziani with no other option. Shinskie had another...
Terrell Owens thinks the Patriots did Randy Moss wrong.
The Cincinnati wide receiver told the Associated Press that New England’s decision to trade Moss to Minnesota should be a signal to every other player around the league that they are “expendable.”
“Trust me, I know [Tom] Brady is a great quarterback, but if you look at the numbers he’s put up with Randy, they’re very, very impressive,” Owens said. “And I think a lot of guys should look at this from a standpoint of it is a business. So you have to go out there and do whatever you can for your family and for yourself because when it comes to management and owners, they don’t care about you. That right there showed that they feel you’re expendable.”
Owens said that much of Brady’s success can be attributed to having Moss as one of his receivers. Brady agreed to a four-year extension at the start of...
CINCINNATI -- Less than 24 hours after his team committed four errors in a 7-4 meltdown at Citizens Bank Park – booting away a realistic chance of beating the powerhouse Phillies in the NLDS – Reds manager Dusty Baker summoned the words and the spirit of Terry Francona from 2004.
Orlando Cabrera and Bronson Arroyo, who reportedly will have his $11 million option exercised by the Reds for 2011, are the members of the Reds who were on that 2004 Red Sox team.
"Arroyo was in Boston when they were down 3-0 in a best-of-7, and they came back and won four,” Baker recalled. “The hardest thing is to win one. And you win one, and you got yourself some action. And we’ve got our backs up against the wall, but this club performs well with our backs up against the wall. That’s the kind of club we have. I wish we didn’t always have our backs against the wall, but, you know, we...
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