7:07 PM ET, October 11, 2009
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Baseball inside the Metrodome came to an end when the Yankees finished off a series sweep of the Twins on Sunday, writes Jim Caple. Story
Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera aren't new to the postseason, nor is their habit of getting the job done when it matters most, writes Jerry Cranick. Story
inning home runs to spoil Carl Pavano's opportunity to frustrate New Yorkers one more time, and the Yankees advanced to their first ALCS in five years with a 4-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday night.Rodriguez got off to a rocky start this year when he admitted in spring training to using steroids when he was with the Texas Rangers. Then he had hip surgery and missed the first month of the season as the Yankees stumbled out of the gate.But baseball's highest-paid player returned with a more positive outlook, and New York surged to the top of the AL East.Still, the third baseman entered this postseason in an 0-for-27 slide with runners on base dating to Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS.
2009 MLB Playoffs
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• The Yankees swept the Twins en route to their first ALCS since 2004.
• New York outscored Minnesota 15-6 in the series.
• The Yanks swept the ALDS for the third time. They went on to sweep the World Series each of the previous two times (1998, 1999).
• Alex Rodriguez homered in back-to-back postseason games for the second time in his career. He also did so in the 2004 ALCS.
• Mariano Rivera picked up his eighth career postseason series-clinching save. That's twice as many as Dennis Eckersley and Randy Myers in second place.
• Andy Pettitte earned his 15th career postseason victory, tying John Smoltz for most all-time.
• The Twins have now lost nine straight playoff games dating back to 2004, finishing 0-10 vs. the Yankees in 2009.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Pavano's nine strikeouts marked a Twins record for a postseason game. ... Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, who has been on the staff since 1981, threw out the honorary first pitch. ... The Yankees are 51-1 this season when limiting their opponent to two runs or less. ... The Yankees went 5-5 against the Angels this season.
|6th||J Mauer singled to left, D Span scored, O Cabrera to second.||0||1|
|7th||A Rodriguez homered to right.||1||1|
|7th||J Posada homered to left.||2||1|
|9th||J Posada singled to right, M Teixeira scored, A Rodriguez to third, H Matsui to second.||3||1|
|9th||R Cano singled to right, A Rodriguez scored, H Matsui to third, J Posada to second.||4||1|
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|Stadium||Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||54,735 (138.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi|