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Yankees 4, Twins 1 October 11, 2009 Summary:

Yankees 4, Twins 1

October 11, 2009

Summary: The Yankees closed the door on the series with a brilliant pitching performance from Andy Pettitte, who picked up his 15th career postseason win. A base-running gaffe by Nick Punto help the Yankees keep a late lead, which the Bombers cushioned with a pair of runs in the ninth. Mariano Rivera, who came into the game in the eighth to retire likely MVP Joe Mauer, picked up his 34th career postseason save.

Key stat: A-rod hit a game-tying homer in the seventh inning off Carl Pavano and Jorge Posada broke the tie with another solo shot two batters later.

(Credit: John Keating)

Our seven-man baseball playoffs crew talked to the Yankees and Phillies Tuesday so you didn't have to. Here is what they wrote.

I did not talk to any Yankees or Phillies Tuesday, but I did write this story about the high price of Game 6 tickets. The secondary ticket market has become much more mainstream and efficient since the last time the Yankees got this far in 2003. Check out the latest offerings here.

Game 5 averaged 10.6 percent of U.S. homes and 17.1 million viewers against tough competition, including from "Monday Night Football." Several fellow ratings nerds roped me into conversations in the press box Monday about whether a baseball game that was a blowout until the final couple of innings would beat a close football game in viewership. It did, 17.1 million to 12.4 million.

On his weekly Sirius XM show, Reggie Jackson talked about Chase Utley, who has tied his record with five home runs in a World Series.

Here is his conversation with co-host Gary Williams, as transcribed by Sirius:

Williams: "You can't crawl in his mind but when you're doing something historic which he's doing but his team is still facing a 3-2 deficit, he's not going to get caught up in it, is he?"

Jackson: “I can crawl into Chase Utley's mind because Chase Utley knows that if they don't win then the impact of the home runs that he hit won't have as much importance as he would like, as the fans would like.  So in order for it to be something special for Chase Utley - it'll be something special because five home runs is a lot of home runs.  At the same time, he wants to be associated with a winner.  He wants to do it in winning a championship. ...  His focus is on being a champion and he's not there yet.  He's down 3-2 and he's looking at a great Yankee ballclub and he's looking at Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia.  So his focus is not on 'Oh, pat me on the back.'  It's like, 'Hey, I've got work to do.'
Williams: "Most of these home runs with the exception of maybe the first one he hit at Yankee Stadium, they have been bombs.  How do you work a guy like Utley right now who is so locked in?"
Jackson: "Stay away from him.  You gotta stay away from him.  Probably a good little time to make him move his feet a little bit in the batter's box.  He's a little too comfortable.  So, in the words of Bob Gibson, you've got to make him a little uncomfortable.  He's got too much nerve right now at home plate.  You need to make him move his feet."
Jackson:  "With Chase Utley, you just need to be very, very careful.  I don't know if you can get the ball in on him.  Maybe you have to stay away from him.  I don't know how many home runs of the 31 that he hit during the season he hit to the opposite field.  But I'd be more willing to want to test that and keep that ball away from him.  He'd have to hit a couple of home runs to the opposite field for me or try to hit the ball in the big part of the ballpark because middle-in, he's starting to handle it.  You've got to just stay away from him, start walking him like they do Alex [Rodriguez].  If you miss inside, hit him."

 Photo: John Keating


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