How the Yankees reached the World Series
How exactly did the Yankees make it to the World Series? Here's a quick playoff recap.
Compiled by Anthony Castellano
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The Yankees reached the World Series for the 40th time this season. How did they do it? This 2009 playoff recap tells that story. (Oct. 27, 2009)
ALDS GAME 1: YANKEES 7, TWINS 2
The first postseason game at the new Yankee Stadium had an old feel to it, thanks to Derek Jeter doing what he always does in October: produce. Jeter hit a two-run homer in the third inning to tie the score at 2. It was CC Sabathia’s turn to exercise some postseason demons and lower his playoff ERA, which hovered somewhere between stratosphere and mesosphere. Sabathia pitched like the ace that he is, and the Yankee offense came alive as Hideki Matsui homered. A-Rod even pitched in with two RBIs.
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ALDS GAME 2: YANKEES 4, TWINS 3
Every Yankee has that defining moment where they "earn the pinstripes." This year, they earn their pie. In the bottom of the ninth inning, A-Rod blasted a game-tying two-run home run off Twins closer Joe Nathan. In the 11th, Mark Teixeira lined a bullet down the left-field line for a game-winning solo home run to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead going back to Minnesota. His reward? A big ol' pie in the kisser. >> Read ALDS Game 2 coverage and see photos
ALDS GAME 3: YANKEES 4, TWINS 1
If the Yankees were going to reach their first ALCS since 2004, they would have to do it against none other than . . . drum roll . . . wait for it . . . Carl Pavano! Andy Pettitte and Pavano matched zeros until Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit solo homers in the seventh inning. Mariano Rivera closed out the win and sent the Yankees to the ALCS to face the Angels. >> ALDS Game 3 game story and photos
ALCS GAME 1: YANKEES 4, ANGELS 1
On a cold windy night at Yankee Stadium, CC Sabathia was the only thing supplying heat -- high heat -- as he continued to pitch like a new man in the playoffs. He shut down the Angels on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings. The Yankees didn’t exactly rake at the plate, but they were able to knock John Lackey out of the game in the sixth. The Angels’ defense was MIA as they committed three errors.
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ALCS GAME 2: YANKEES 4, ANGELS 3
Apparently, the Yankees and Angels forgot how to play defense in Game 2 as they combined for five errors. It would be the Yankees who would take advantage and win in the 13th inning on a Maicer Izturis throwing error that allowed Jerry Hairston to score from second base. The Yankees would take a 2-0 series lead heading back to L.A., which has been a house of horrors for them in recent years. Alex Rodriguez continued to shock and amaze by hitting in the clutch in October, this time a game-tying home run in the 11th off Angels closer Brian Fuentes.
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ALCS GAME 3: ANGELS 5, YANKEES 4
When Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Johnny Damon blasted solo home runs, it looked as if the Yanks were on their way to placing their foot on the jugular of the Angels. The lead quickly disappeared as the Angels finally awoke against Andy Pettitte. The Yankees’ downfall occurred when Joe Girardi pulled David Robertson for Alfredo Aceves. Jeff Mathis's double to left-center knocked in the winning run to get the Angels back into the series. Back in New York, Girardi becomes public enemy No. 1. >> ALCS Game 3 stories and photos
ALCS GAME 4: YANKEES 10, ANGELS 1
The playoff renaissance of Alex Rodriguez is becoming all too common in 2009. A-Rod and the Yankee offense dominated Angels starter Scott Kazmir and the bullpen. Rodriguez and Damon homered while Melky Cabrera drove in four. CC Sabathia pitched better on three days rest than on normal rest. The Angels only squeezed out five hits and one run in eight innings. The Yanks are now just one win away from their first World Series appearance since 2003.
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ALCS GAME 5: ANGELS 7, YANKEES 6
The champagne was put on ice in Game 5 after the Angels staged a dramatic come-from-behind victory to beat the Yankees. The Angels took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, only to watch the Yankees score 6 in the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Kendry Morales drove in the go-ahead run off Phil Hughes.
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ALCS GAME 6: YANKEES 5, ANGELS 2
It was only fitting to have Game 6 follow a familiar formula of years past. Andy Pettitte, who tied for the most wins in postseason history, was on the mound to start the game. He would throw six solid innings and hand the ball to a trusty bullpen, anchored by Mariano Rivera and the lasting image of him and Jorge Posada embracing in the middle of the diamond to celebrate the Yankees’ 40th AL Pennant. The Yankees scored three runs in the fourth inning, thanks to timely hitting by Johnny Damon and the wildness of Angels starter Joe Saunders.
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