Thursday, October 22, 2009

Game 5 ALCS

Lineup courtesy of

Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 2.19 ERA in postseason)

Chone Figgins 3B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Juan Rivera LF
Jeff Mathis C
Erick Aybar SS

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (1-1, 1.38 ERA in postseason)

AJ Burnett was absolutely awful the first inning. He gave up 4 runs before even getting an out in the inning. He has since settled down but the Yankees have not been able to get anything off of John Lackey, the Angels starter. Unless the Yanks get on a hot streak and tear through the bullpen, it looks like we'll be playing game 6 in the Bronx on Saturday.

My First published Collegiate Article!

As a student here at Virginia Tech, I'm a staff writer for the sports section. Yesterday my article ran on our newest track and field coach, Charles Foster. Foster competed in the 1976 Olympic games in which he finished fourth. Here's the link to my article. I could only find the PDF file but it's on the last page.

Check back later for a pregame post about the Yankees game 5 in the ALCS.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Yanks lone bright spot for Sports Weekend.

The New York Yankees were the only team that came out victorious this weekend. This entire weekend has served the bombers well. They took a 2-0 ALCS lead following a 13 inning 4-3 lead over the Angels that ended early this morning. The game took over 5 hours to play. The two teams now switch coasts to L.A. where Game 3 will resume tomorrow afternoon.

The Virginia Tech Hokies were manhandled by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday night. The offense ran all over, the once 4th ranked Hokies. Bud Foster will definitely have a sour taste in his mouth going into the bi-week before the Hokies take on UNC, a nationally broadcasted game on ESPN on the 29th. The Hokies loss did not come without consequences. Going into the game, they were ranked #4 in the AP Poll and had a legitimate shot at having a good ranking in the BCS. After today's rankings were released, the Hokies are now #15 in the AP Poll and #14 in the BCS, thus ending any slim chance for the national title.

The Giants simply did not show up today to play. The defense got their behind kicked against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Brees continued his offensive domination and did not make the Giants look like the former undefeated team that they were coming into the game. The Giants will certainly have to make improvements on the defense before their next game. They will also need to keep an eye out for the Saints, as this could be another potential match up in the NFC championship game.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Yanks are Rolling

Game one of the ALCS took place last night in the Bronx, with the Yankees beating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-1. CC Sabathia pitched 8 strong innings, allowing only one run. Mariano Rivera earned his second save of the postseason.

The Yanks will look to continue their winning streak tonight, weather permitting, AJ Burnett will pitch, once again have Jose Molina as his catcher.

Check back later for more information.

Here's the Yankees lineup courtesy of

Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Monday, October 12, 2009


The New York Yankees completed a sweep against the Minnesota Twins Sunday night. Former Yankee, Carl Pavano took the loss after giving up consecutive home runs to Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. The Yankees scored two more runs in the ninth following yet another baserunning blunder from the Twins.

The Yankees can thank a resurgent Rodriguez for winning the series. Arod provided a majority of the RBI's needed to surpass the Twins.

Now the Yankees are going to see an even more talented club in the Los Angeles Angels when the ALCS begins on Friday.

Virginia Tech Victorious Again!

The Virginia Tech Hokies dismantled the Boston College Eagles Saturday to win, 48-14. The hokies were led by the outstanding play of Quarterback Tyrod Taylor and runningback Ryank Williams. Bud Foster's defense did an impeccable job of making the Eagles look silly. The Eagles did not record their first first down until the second half.

For the hokies amazing win, they were rewarded from the AP writers by moving up one spot to the number four ranking. We'll just have to wait and see what the BCS computers will say.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Can you stop this man?

Boston College certainly can't. Hokies lead at halftime, 34-0!

Hokies Take on Boston College

The #5 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the Boston College Eagles, at noon, at Lane Stadium. BC has caused the Hokies numerous problems in the past, even beating them in dramatic fashion, two years ago at Lane Stadium following an outstanding game from Sean Glennon. The Hokies then went up to Boston last year and lost to Eagles in the regular season before eventually beating them in the ACC Championship game last December.

Which Hokies team will show up today? The Hokies just need to remember not to underestimate the Eagles and play like they did against Miami and not Duke.

Friday, October 9, 2009


The Yankees beat the Twins in the 11th inning after Mark Teixiera hit a tie-breaking home run with no outs in the the bottom of the inning. More to come with Teixiera's reaction.
Oh and the yanks could not have won without Arod's home run in the 9th to tie it up!

ALDS Game 2

Here's the lineup for ALDS Game 2 courtesy of

First Pitch is scheduled for 6:07

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (13-9, 4.04 ERA regular season)

Span RF
Cabrera SS
Mauer C
Kubel DH
Cuddyer 1B
Young LF
Gomez CF
Tolbert 3B
Punto 2B

Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (11-11, 4.03 ERA regular season)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

ALDS Game 1

Here's the lineup's and pitching match-ups of both teams thanks to the guys over at

Game 1 ALDS, Yankee Stadium; Bronx, NY

First Pitch: 6:07 p.m

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Rodriguez, 3B
Matsui, DH
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Cabrera, CF
Starting Pitcher: LHP CC Sabathia; 19-8 3.37 ERA in regular season

Span, CF
Cabrera SS
Mauer C
Cuddyer 1B
Kubel RF
Young LF
Harris DH
Tolbert 3B
Punto 2B
Starting Pitcher: LHP Brian Duensing 5-2, 3.64 ERA regular season

Yankees win Game one 7-2. Sabathia earned the win after allowing only one earned run. 1 win down - 10 to go!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Twins vs. Yankees

After an epic game that lasted 12 innings between the Tigers and Twins, it was determined the Yankees will play the Minnesota Twins tomorrow in the Bronx. Since the Yankees chose playoff scenario A, the teams will have a day off between Games 1 & 2. First pitch is scheduled for 6:07 tomorrow evening, as the Yanks-Twins game is the sandwiched of three games on TBS tomorrow.
The Yankees were 7-0 against the Twins in the regular season. The Yankees will also have the advantage of the Twins arriving in New York late as it's almost 10 pm and the game just completed. Expect the Twins to arrive early tomorrow morning, although the team may have enough adrenaline to make it through the one game. But they do have to face the 6'7 CC Sabathia tomorrow to welcome them to the lovely city of New York. I just hope Carl Pavano can get into the series so his former teammates can "thank" him for all his hard work that he did in New York. Oh wait they might catch Pavano syndrome and have a mysterious injury.

Key Players for the series:
1. Joe Mauer - the leading AL MVP candidate is not only an offensive threat but an outstanding defensive catcher.
2. Alex Rodriguez - Has he proven he's over his October woes or will it continue to haunt him?
3. A.J. Burnett - Will the good or evil A.J. show up?
4. Robinson Cano - Hopefully he remembers how to hit with runners in scoring position.
5. Andy Pettitte- Will his fatigued shoulder be able to hold up for potentially three weeks?

This should be an entertaining series.
Prediction: Yankees in 4

Monday, October 5, 2009

Postseason time in the Bronx...

It's so nice to see the playoffs logo back in the Bronx following last year's hiatus from meaningful October baseball!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Great Day for the Yanks & GMen

The New York Yankees finished off the regular season with a win against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees scored 10 runs in the sixth inning. Alex Rodriguez, had 7 of those RBI's thanks to two homers, one of them a grand slam. Arod became the first player in American League History to have 7 RBI's in one inning. Is Arod preparing for an October where he will finally produce?? One can only hope. AJ Burnett backed up his past few performances with a strong start to conclude the regular season.. Burnett allowed 2 runs ( 1 earned) over five innings. But what may have overshadowed Burnett's start was Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain had one perfect inning, and his fastball was clocked at 95. When will Joba's postseason fate be determined? Will he be left off the roster or used as a reliever in the ALDS and a possible starter in the LCS if the team makes it that far?? Can he be trusted as a reliever? We'll only know probably as soon as the Yankees know which team they will be playing in the LDS. The Tiger and Twins will play a one game playoff on Tuesday. It is then that the Yankees will determine which playoff scenario they will chose. All signs point to that they will indeed pick Option A, with more day offs scheduled. Look for an updated postseason post on Tuesday.

The Giants continued their perfect start to the season with a commanding 27-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Eli Manning threw for 292 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interception. His favorite receiver of the game was Steve Smith. Smith caught 11 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The only concern the Giants have is Manning's health. Manning hurt his heal and had to come out of the game. Manning was seen on the bench with a trainer, getting his heal taped up. David Carr replaced Manning. Manning does expect to play next week, however.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hokies continue win streak!

Hi everyone!

The Hokies are in yet another exciting season of football!!!

The Hokies beat the Duke Blue Devils 36-24. Frank Beamer and the boys will most likely see a dramatic drop in the rankings, following today's rather unimpressive showing. As in last week's impressive win over Miami, Tyrod Taylor proved he has stepped up his game significantly since the rather dismal performances in the Alabama and Nebraska games. The Defense seemed to take a little nap this afternoon after holding Miami to just 7 points last week. Bud Foster will be sure to get on top of the guys before next week's game at Boston College.

The Hokies will take on the Boston College Eagles, next Saturday, October 10th. Before the game, Hokies United, will present BC linebacker Mark Herzlich with a check to help with him with his treatment for cancer in his leg. This morning on ESPN's College Gameday, Herzlich declared himself 99% cancer free. Thank God for that.

That's all for now. Look out for a Yankees post after their divisional opponent is determined!