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It only took 28 hours to complete, but the Yankees blew the Tigers out, 9-3 in Game 1 of the ALDS. After the rain chased CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander last night, Ivan Nova and Doug Fister took the ball. The two righties battled before Robinson Cano got to Fister in the fifth with an RBI double. Cano would follow up with a grand slammer an inning later, giving the Bombers a 8-1 lead. Nova proved he could handle the big stage as the Yanks take a 1-0 lead in this best of five series.

See Ya---AP Photo

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The Yankees put on their ‘Clinch Day’ caps early this afternoon with a 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees followed up that 4-2 victory with another 4-2 victory in the night cap of the double header. Robinson Cano had a big two-run double in the first game and Jorge Posada had a clutch RBI single in the night cap. With the wins, the Yankees are officially your 2011 American League Champions. More importantly, the Yankees magic number for home field advantage is 3 with seven games to go!

Those are some UGLY hats...-AP Photo

Game Notes:

Game 1

-Big props to the Yankee bullpen for this one. Phil Hughes was a late scratch with a tight back. Joe Girardi was forced to scramble to put together a piecework stream of relievers. Well, Joe pushed the right buttons as the Yankee relievers only allowed two runs to a desperate Tampa Bay team. Mo came in in the ninth to lock down his 45th save and a Yankee playoff berth. 

-Major props to Eduardo Nunez. With the Yankees trailing James Shields and the Rays 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Nunie crushed a deep home run knotting the game up. Five hitters later, Robinson Cano blasted a two-run double off the center field wall. Clutch hitting baby. It’ll win us games in October.

Game 2

Big C got the start in Game 2. Sabathia hasn’t been great since his rain delayed start against the Seattle Mariners when he flirted with a perfect game. Nonetheless, the big man came out and threw 7.1 innings of two-run ball. He didn’t get his elusive 20th win and wasn’t exactly dominant, but gave the Yanks a good start. I’m not crazy with him throwing 130 pitches a week before the playoffs start, but I guess that’s baseball, Suzyn.

Jorge Posada had the big knock in this one. With the bases load, Jorgie stepped to the dish with the bases loaded and delivered an RBI single to right field in the eighth inning. Jorge’s hit was the game winner for the Bombers.

What’s Next?: The Yanks will go for the four-game sweep tomorrow against the Rays. The Rays are still only two games behind the Red Sox in the AL Wildcard race. Boston has been stinking up the joint against the O’s this week so these games matter. Let’s just sweep away the Rays and keep getting fat off our wins. 

Thursday, 7:05PM: Jeff Niemann (11-7, 3.95 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81 ERA)

For the second time this season, a New York Yankee hit a milestone. Mariano Rivera recorded his 600th career save tonight as the Yanks edged the M’s, 3-2. Rivera becomes only the second player in Major League history with 600 saves. Trevor Hoffman, who retired in the off-season, has 603 saves. Mo should blow by him next week. 

As for the game, AJ Burnett had probably one of the oddest outings I’ve ever seen. His command wasn’t that sharp and he threw two wild pitches, but recorded 11 Ks en-route to his 10th win of the year. More surprisingly, ten of the eleven strikeout came on curveballs. Odd stuff. Robbie Cano smacked his 26th homer as the Yankees improve to 90-57 on the season. The Magic Number sits at 8.

Another Day at the Office--AP Photo

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The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this afternoon by a score of 6-5. The Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak as Mariano Rivera saved his 599th career game on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. With the victory, the Yankees move to 88-57 on the season.

Never Forget - AP

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For years, we’ve been hearing about Jesus Montero’s raw power. For years, we’ve been hearing about the moon shot homeruns. For years, we’ve heard the comparisons to Miguel Cabrera. Well, Montero hit the first (and second) of many home runs to come. Robbie Cano added in a Grand Slam in the second inning as the Yanks out-muscled the O’s, 11-10. 

The First of Many

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The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays tonight by a final score of 6-4. Bartolo Colon was serviceable, but Boone Logan picked up the win and Dave Robertson picked up a two-inning save as the Yankees take a full-game lead over the Red Sox in the division. 

Career Hit #1 for Jesus - Jim McIsaac, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals by a score of 9-7 this evening. Ivan Nova got the win after the bullpen got the final eleven Royals out, and Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Russell Martin all picked up multiple RBIs. With the win, the Yankees move to 74-46 on the season and are a half game up on the Red Sox in the division

Not sure what's going on here / AP, Charlie Riedel

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Robinson Cano’s seventh inning grand slam broke a 2-2 tie as the Yankees went on to edge the Angels, 6-5. Holding a 6-2 advantage heading into the ninth, things got a little dicey. Mariano Rivera inherited two Cory Wade base runners and gave way to a Russell Branyan three-run homer. Mo went on to retire the next two hitters to preserve the win, but Mo has given up a home run in each of his last three appearances. However, the Yankees held on and won this series, improving to 71-45, eight games ahead of the Angels in the AL Wild Card race.

Atta boy, Robbie.

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The New York Yankees helped us forget what happened in last night’s ugly affair as they beat up the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a score of 9-3. Curtis Granderson smacked two home runs and Robinson Cano finished a single short of the cycle as Ivan Nova picked up his 11th win of the season. With the win, the Yankees are now 70-45 on the season.

Well, this quickly made me forget about last night - AP

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Get your brooms out because the Bombers have swept away the Chicago White Sox. Ivan Nova delivered an absolute electric performance tonight, tossing 7.2 innings of one-run ball. Nova, who is constantly auditioning for his spot on the team, struck out a career high 10 Chicago hitters. Offensively, Russell led the way with four RBIs. With the win, the Yanks improve to a season best 68-42, tied with Boston atop the AL East.


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