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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Yanks go for sweep and clinch homefield
RED SOX (91-63)Ellsbury CFPedroia 2BBay LFYoukilis 1BOrtiz DHLowell 3BDrew RFVaritek CGonzalez SS
Pitching: RHP Paul Byrd (1-2, 6.04).
The Yankees need one win in their last seven games to clinch the division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Only the Red Sox can catch the Yankees in the division and for the best record in the league which they would have to win all of their games and hope the Yankees lose all of theirs. The Yankees are going to clinch and hope to do it in front of the Red Sox today. Here are the pregame notes and lineups via Peter Abraham.
After losing the first eight games of the season series, the Yankees have won eight of the last nine games against Boston. The Red Sox lead the season series 9-8. Each team has scored 97 runs.
The Yankees have won four straight, 12 of 18, 21 of 30 and 37 of 51.
Boston has lost four of its last six.
Robbie Cano needs one hit for 200. … Johnny Damon is one home run shy of a career-high 25.
The Yankees have won six straight games at home against Boston. It’s the longest such streak since 2001 when the Yankees won seven straight.
Johnny Damon needs one more game to mark his 14th consecutive season of at least 140 games. Only four players in history have been as durable. Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson and Pete Rose played at least 140 games for 16 consecutive seasons. Willie Mays did it 15 years.
Cal Ripken Jr., in case you were wondering, did it 16 out of 17 years.
Pettitte is 17-9, 3.76 in 33 career starts against Boston.
Pettitte need 5.2 innings to reach 190 innings and an additional $750,000 in bonus payments.Yankees Lineup:Jeter(SS)Gardner(CF)Tex(1B)A-rod(3B)Matsui(DH)Swisher(RF)Cano(2B)Cabrera(LF)Molina(C)Sox Lineup:Ellsbury(CF)Pedroia(2B)Bay(LF)Youk(1B)Ortiz(DH)Lowell(3B)Drew(RF)Varitek(C)Gonzalez(SS)
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