LAst Night's Action: Heavenly Celebration
Jeff Mathis, Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli celebrating being 2008 AL West Champions. AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian
LA Angels defeat NY Yankees 4-2. Andy Pettite had not notched a win since August 20. Wednesday afternoon would be no different. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Pettite was one strike away from getting out of the jam. Unfortunately that last strike was a two-run double by Robb Quinlan which also plated Vladimir Guerrero on a Xavier Nady error. Francisco Rodriguez got his 56th save, now needing one more to tie Bobby Thigpen. 74 minutes after Rodriguez threw his last strike the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 8-7 which sent the Angels players streaming out onto the field in front of the 5,000 faithful who stuck around to witness the Angels clinch their fourth AL West title in five years. This is the earliest in the history of the AL West that the division has been clinched. Now for the Angels: playoff positioning.
LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 7-2. Manny Ramirez hit two home runs to power the Dodgers over the Padres in the rubber match of the series. Good hitting, good pitching, good defense. It's amazing how when that comes together the wins just keep piling on. With the Diamondbacks getting swept earlier in the afternoon to the Giants, the Dodgers are now 3 1/2 games in the lead in the NL West. Mind you they have now been alone in first place for a total of seven days and have the biggest lead in the division since they were up four games on September 2, 2006.
Seattle Mariners at LA Angels. Brandon Morrow (2-2, 1.42) will get the start for the Mariners against Jered Weaver (10-10, 4.42) and the hungover Angels. 7:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.
Chivas USA at New England Revolution. With the MLS season winding down, both teams are trying to solidify their playoff position. Chivas is looking to move up to second place in the Western Conference. Having won the last two MLS matches is certainly a sign of the team headed in the right direction. 4:00 pm ESPN2.