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Yankees Win the Pennant

August 28 at New York

KW's Daily Special:
New York Strip Steak
Grilled to perfection, the Yankees are tough to beat at home.

Short Take: †Robinson Cano takes a completely overmatched Randy Williams out of the park to end the game in extra innings.

Another Friday night, another game off the schedule, and another disappointing loss by the White Sox. This night, the trauma occurred in the Big Apple. The new and improved Yankee Stadium was the setting, as the White Sox battled hard against CC Sabathia but just couldnít catch a break on the base paths. Meanwhile, the Yankees fought back in extra innings and then lowered the boom on journeyman reliever Randy Williams. Robinson Cano deposited a three-run homer over the 315-ft (according to Ed Farmer) right field fence to give the Bronx Bombers a 5-2 victory in walk-off fashion, dropping the Sox to 5.0 games behind the first place Tigers.

Derek Jeter lead off the game against Sox starter Mark Buehrle with a homer to straight-away centerfield. Buehrle pledged to throw less changeups tonight, but Jeter was quick to jump on an 80mph slider from our perfect starter. Buehrle hasnít won a game since July 23 (not completely all his fault), so being in the hole against Sabathia did not look promising. Johnny Damon added to the lead in the 3rd with a cheap-o homer to the short-porch in right field, again on an offspeed pitch by Buehrle. Thatís all that Mark would give up on the night though, giving up two earned runs, two walks and a strikeout over six innings pitched.

Sabathia held the Sox at bay until the top of the 7th with a 2-0 lead. Jermaine Dye lead off with a hard double to right-center, and TCQ followed it up by drawing a walk. With runners on first and second, Alex Rios hit an opposite field double to cut the lead to 2-1. After a lineout by Alexei Ramirez, Quentin was thrown out at home on the contact-play when Ramon Castro bounced a ball to A-Rod at third. Next up, Jayson Nix reached on an infield single to third and loaded the bases. After extending the count to 3-2 with two outs, Gordon Beckham came through huge with a rocket base hit to right field. This would score Rios to tie the game, but unfortunately Castro got a terribly late jump from second and was thrown out at home plate by 20-feet, killing the rally and chances of the Sox to take their only lead in the game.

The Sox bullpen was surprisingly sold in relief of Buehrle. Thornton went a crisp two innings in the 7th and 8th, and Scott Linebrink held the Yankees scoreless through the 9th. On the other side, the Sox struggled with Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera and Brian Bruney in the 8th, 9th and 10th respectively. In the bottom of the 10th, Randy Williams battled valiantly through the heart of the Yankees lineup. He retired Teixeira and A-Rod from the right side but then walked Matsui and Dirty .242 Nick Swisher. Then, it was Robinson Canoís turn, as he sat on an 85-mph slider down the heart of the plate for his 21st homer of the season, sending new Yankee Stadium into hysterics with the walk-off victory. Credit Williams with the loss (0-1) and Bruney with the vulcher-like victory (4-0).

Tune in this afternoon as Jose Contreras (5-12) takes the mound against Sergio Mitre (2-1) at noon on WGN television. Contrerasís starting-career with the Sox was supposed to be over, so this one should be fun to watch. Get the Pepto-Bismol ready. Go Sox.

Critic's Corner:
†The Sox fall to 5.0 back while checking off another game on the schedule. We're in trouble.

submitted by Brian26

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