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Angels, Dodgers, Yankees One Win From Advancing

Mark Teixeira rounds the bases after hitting a walkoff homer that gave the Yankees a 4-3 win and needing one win to advance to the ALCS.

Mark Teixeira rounds the bases after hitting a walkoff homer that gave the Yankees a 4-3 win and needing one win to advance to the ALCS.

The Dodgers can advance to the NLCS with a win today over the Cardinals in St.Louis.

The Angels and Yankees could advance to the ALCS with wins tomorrow. The winner of today’s Rockies-Phillies game could advance to the NLCS with a win on Sunday.

The chances of another Red Sox-Yankees encounter in the ALCS are not that great and it is more likely that the Angels and Yankees will meet in the ALCS.

The home team has won in seven of the eight games played this postseason. The Rockies are the only team to win a game on their opponent’s turf.

Yankees 4 Twins 3

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer that tied the Twins-Yankees game at 3-3 in the ninth inning and prevented the Twins from taking a 3-1 win. Mark Teixeira homered in in the eleventh inning gave the Yankees a 4-3 walkoff win.

Rodriguez is hitting .500 this postseason with a homer and five runs batted in. He had hit only one homer over the previous three postseasons in 44 at bats but has one in eight at bats this year.

His five RBI’s this postseason give him four more RBI’s than he had in his last three postseasons when he had a total of one RBI in those three years.

Nick Blackburn pitched well for the Twins and A.J. Burnett encountered control problems walking five in six innings. Joe Nathan failed to save the win for the Twins and Jose Mijares took the loss when he gave up the Teixeira walkoff homer.

David Robertson took the win for the Yankees. The Twins left 17 runners stranded on base with the Yankees only leaving five on base.

The Twins haven’t hit a home run and sluggers Jason Kubel and Delmon Young are a combined 1 for 18 in the ALDS.

Angels 4 Red Sox 1

Jered Weaver pitched into the eighth inning allowing one run and two hits to take a 4-1 win for the Angels over the Red Sox. Josh Beckett took his first postseason loss since losing two games in the 2003 postseason while pitching for the Marlins.

The Red Sox have scored one run and have eight hits in the first 18 innings of the series.

Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Victor Martinez and Mike Lowell are a combined 4-43 after the first two games of the series. The Red Sox have only two extra base hits in 61 at bats.

Today’s Division Series Matchups

Los Angeles at St. Louis

Gametime: 6:07 ET on TBS

Starting Pitching: Joel Pineiro will take the mound for the Cardinals in a crucial game that could eliminate the Cardinals from the NLDS. His mound opponent will be Vicente Padilla who defeated the Rockies in his last start of the regular season and struck out 10 in that contest.

Pineiro has only one win in his last six starts and has been hot and cold this season. He posted a 4-0 record in April then lost eight of his nine next starts to give him a 5-8 record.

Then starting with a July 9 win he won eight of his next ten decisions. Then Padilla posted a 1-3 record after his September 1 win in that stretch.

Philadelphia at Colorado

Gametime: 9:37 ET on TBS

Starting Pitching: Pedro Martinez will be making his first postseason start since 2004 when he pitched in the 2004 World Series in which the Red Sox swept the Cardinals.

Jason Hammel will get the start for the Rockies ahead of Jason Marquis who was passed over for Hammel who has lost only twice since July 30.

Weather Update: The temperature is 18 degrees with a wind chill of eight as of this minute at Coors Field according to Weatherbug.

The temperature at gametime is predicted to be 26 degrees with the temperature dropping to 21 if the game is still being played at 1 AM.

The positive news is that there is only 10 percent chance of precipitation and the wind will only be one mile per hour for the entire game according to the weather forecast.

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