UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: The game is long over by now, but the Yankees took Game 4 of the ALCS by a 10-1 score over the Angels. That means there will be champagne ready on Thursday in case the Yankees clinch a trip to the World Series.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: So much for Sabathia and A-Rod not performing in the postseason. Sabathia has been dominant — again — and Rodriguez hit his fifth homer of these playoffs earlier tonight. Plus Johnny Damon just added a two-run shot on an 0-1 pitch from Matt Palmer to make the score 7-1 for the Yankees. It’s the ninth career postseason homer for Damon.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: That was impressive by Sabathia to get out of the inning, after allowing three straight hits, including a Morales home run. He didn’t allow the Angels any more damage other than the one run, keeping the Yankees lead at four runs.
With more strange calls by the umpires, it looks like this postseason is turning into the best advertisement yet for instant replay. Tim McClelland has had a couple of weird ones, including the Swisher play where he was called for having left early (though it looked like he hadn’t), and the tie-up at third in the fourth, when Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano were both tagged out at the base. Only Posada was called out. Your thoughts on replay?
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Bizarre inning, especially where it concerned Nick Swisher. Swisher was out on the 8-3-5 double play, when it was ruled that he left third base too early on what should have been a sacrifice fly by Johnny Damon. Torii Hunter, who caught the ball, was pointing to third. The Angels got the ball back, and Swisher was out. Score remains at 3-0, Yankees. The inning also involved a bad call at second, when Swisher was called safe (but should have been out) when he was caught off the bag.
UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: That’s why Joe Girardi moved Jorge Posada up in the lineup — he hits Scott Kazmir very well. He doubled to put men on second and third with no outs in the third. The Yankees then finally got a man in scoring position home — only it was on a fielder’s choice, and not a hit. Melky Cabrera got their first hit with RISP in 26 at bats, though, as the Yankees took a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: With Mark Teixeira’s strikeout in the third inning, the Yankees are now 0-for-24 with runners in scoring position. That’s terrible. Because of that, Scott Kazmir has been able to keep the Yankees off the board. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia isn’t quite as good as he usually is, or as he was in Game 1. The Angels have a single hit and a walk so far.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: We’re through the first inning here in beautiful Anaheim, where it was 73 degrees at gametime. (The weather promises to hit the mid-50s by the end of the game, though.) Each pitcher allowed a baserunner, with Derek Jeter getting a single and Bobby Abreu walking on four pitchers, but neither runner reached past first. Jeter went down on a caught stealing.