3:35 PM ET, September 10, 2008
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
Angels rally past Yankees, become first team to clinch playoff spot
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Torii Hunter put on goggles, got on the clubhouse floor and began doing the butterfly and backstroke in a puddle of beer and champagne.Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels had plenty to celebrate Wednesday.
Taking Care Of Business
The Angels rallied for a 4-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday to clinch the AL West title and a playoff spot to boot. In addition, the Angels became the quickest AL West team to clinch the division. Here's a look at some fast clinchers:
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• Angels starter Dustin Moseley, who got the win, is 1-3 in his last eight games. His last win came on April 9 against Cleveland.
• Los Angeles is an MLB-best 28-11 in day games.
• The Angels continued their recent dominance of the Yankees: They have won seven of the teams' 10 meetings this season, including a three-game sweep in L.A. in August. Over the past two seasons, the Angels have won 13 of the teams' past 19 matchups and 15 of 22 at home dating back to the 2004 season.
• Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who took the loss, is 1-6 in his last nine starts.
-- ESPN Research
First baseman Teixeira sat out because of an infection and a temperature. Figgins was not in the starting lineup for the second straight game because of a sore right elbow. He got hit by a pitch during Monday's game and Scioscia said Figgins was having difficulty throwing and swinging the bat. ... Weaver (10-10) was announced as Thursday's starter against Seattle, with cuts on the right middle and ring fingers of his pitching hand having healed. "I'll throw everything," he said. "It just depends on how sharp everything is." ... The Angels reached 3 million in attendance, making them and the Yankees the only teams to do so in each of the last six seasons.
Regular Season Series
|Los Angeles leads 7-3 (as of Wed 9/10)|
|Thu 7/31||LAA 12, @NYY 6||Recap|
|Fri 8/1||LAA 1, @NYY 0||Recap|
|Sat 8/2||@NYY 8, LAA 2||Recap|
|Sun 8/3||@NYY 14, LAA 9||Recap|
|Fri 8/8||@LAA 10, NYY 5||Recap|
|Sat 8/9||@LAA 11, NYY 4||Recap|
|Sun 8/10||@LAA 4, NYY 3||Recap|
|Mon 9/8||@LAA 12, NYY 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/9||NYY 7, @LAA 1||Recap|
|» Wed 9/10||@LAA 4, NYY 2||Box Score|
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|1st||J Giambi singled to right, D Jeter scored, B Abreu to third.||1||0|
|1st||B Abreu scored, J Giambi to second on balk by D Moseley.||2||0|
|1st||J Rivera grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, G Anderson scored, V Guerrero out at second.||2||1|
|5th||R Quinlan singled to left, G Matthews and G Anderson scored, V Guerrero to third, V Guerrero scored, R Quinlan to second on throwing error by left fielder X Nady.||2||4|
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|Stadium||Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA|
|Attendance||39,783 (87.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||77 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|