Yankees 8, Indians 3 – The Boss makes a statement, and I suppose the Yankees responded by pounding Jake Westbrook after Roger Clemens gave the Indians a three-run lead in two innings. Johnny Damon went deep off Westbrook for a 3-run shot, and the rout was on. So, the Bronx Bombers get a reprieve, and avoid the broom thanks to the pitching of Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Whether it will make a difference in the entire series has yet to be seen. I don’t think this Yankee starting rotation can hang in there. Maybe they can get to Paul Byrd in Game 4, but going against Sabathia again in a Game 5 would wreck them. Even if they make it past the Indians somehow, Joe Torre would still lose his job.
Red Sox 9, Angels 1 – And that’s because the Red Sox are just that good in the playoffs right now. The only runs that turned out to be necessary were back to back jacks by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in the fourth inning, as Curt Schilling threw seven shutout innings, and the only run given up was one by Eric Gagne in the ninth. The Angels had no shot at winning this series at all, with injuries to Gary Matthews, Jr. and Garret Anderson, along with Vladimir Guerrero already hobbled by a bad throwing arm.
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