New York at Anaheim

N.Y. Yankees
L.A. Angels
W: F. Rodriguez (1-2) L: M. Myers (1-1)
HR: NYY - None   ANA - None

Angels 6, Yankees 5

CBS wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Napoli quickly made up for missed time.

A late replacement, the rookie catcher threw out a runner trying to steal, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Los Angeles Angels over the New York Yankees 6-5 Friday night.

Napoli, batting a paltry .228 after a fast start, lifted his fly ball to left field off Octavio Dotel.

"In that situation, especially against a pitcher he's never faced who has a power arm, you're looking for contact," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Mike's strong enough to drive the ball to the outfield, and he got just enough of it to get it to the outfield and win the game. That's a huge at-bat, and it should give him a boost of confidence."

Mike Myers (1-1) faced only one batter, giving up a leadoff double to Garret Anderson. Dotel relieved and ex-Yankee Juan Rivera singled, sending pinch-runner Reggie Willits to third.

An intentional walk to rookie Howie Kendrick loaded the bases, and Adam Kennedy popped out. Dotel just missed on a 2-2 pitch to Napoli, whose fly easily scored Willits.

Napoli, who went behind the plate in the eighth inning after catcher Jose Molina left for pinch-hitter, threw out pinch-runner Nick Green trying to steal second in the ninth. Figgins followed with his play.

The AL East-leading Yankees stayed 5½ games ahead of Boston in the AL East. The Angels remained 5½ games behind Oakland in the AL West.

Francisco Rodriguez (1-2) pitched a hitless ninth inning for the win, but it may not have happened without a defensive gem from center fielder Chone Figgins, who made a running catch to rob Melky Cabrera of extra bases and end the inning.

"He's a heck of a player and you can see how valuable he is to Mike," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He's like a Darin Erstad with more speed, and he doesn't take anything away from their club defensively when they move him around. It's unusual when you have a player who can to the things he can do. Normally, there's some kind of an Achilles heel in there somewhere, but I haven't seen it."

Alex Rodriguez, limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in the last two games because of a fever and a viral infection in his throat, struck out four times against John Lackey. It was the third time in A-Rod's career that the two-time AL MVP fanned four times in a game.

"I've been swinging the bat pretty well on this road trip, until today. And today was pretty bad," Rodriguez said. "I saw the ball fine. It was just a bad approach, bad swings, bad results."

"What's frustrating is you know you should hit a ball hard," he said. "When you get pitches you should hit and you don't hit them or foul them off, you want to strangle yourself. When you're swinging the bat well, those are balls you drive to the gap for doubles. But tomorrow's a different day, and I'll be ready to go."

Rodriguez had two strikes on him in his final at-bat, against Scot Shields, before hitting a grounder that backup shortstop Erick Aybar threw away. It was the major league-leading 100th error by the Angels, who committed only 87 last season.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run double for the Angels, giving him 101 RBI.

The Yankees took a 5-4 lead in the seventh when pinch-hitter Craig Wilson doubled off Shields and later scored on a wild pitch. The Angels tied it in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Orlando Cabrera, who didn't start at shortstop because of a split nail on his right index finger.

Yankees starter Jaret Wright allowed three runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. Lackey allowed four runs and 10 hits over six innings and struck out seven.

The Yankees tied it 4-all with a pair of sixth-inning runs. Derek Jeter bounced an RBI double over the head of third baseman Maicer Izturis, and Johnny Damon scored on Bobby Abreu's grounder.

Lackey took a 3-0 lead into the fourth before giving up an RBI single by Aaron Guiel and an infield hit to shortstop by Damon that drove in Jorge Posada.

Aybar increased the Angels' margin to 4-2 with an RBI single in the fifth.


  • It was the first-ever matchup between Lackey and Wright, who are among eight pitchers in history to start Game 7 of the World Series as rookies. In 2002, Lackey beat San Francisco; In 1997, Wright got a no-decision for Cleveland against Florida.
  • Guerrero became the second player in Angels history with three straight seasons of 100 or more RBI. The other was Troy Glaus (2000-02).
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Vladimir Guerrero hits a double, driving in two runs for the Angels.  (AP)
Vladimir Guerrero hits a double, driving in two runs for the Angels. (AP)

Players of the Game

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
New York

J. Posada
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Johnny Damon, CF4111102 .300
Derek Jeter, SS4011022 .335
Bobby Abreu, RF5011013 .297
Jason Giambi, DH4010102 .260
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5000044 .283
Robinson Cano, 2B5110005 .326
Jorge Posada, C3120200 .272
    Nick Green, PR0000000 .198
    Sal Fasano, C0000000 .223
Aaron Guiel, 1B3011014 .238
   a- Craig Wilson, PH-1B2110000 .266
Melky Cabrera, LF4120100 .285
a-doubled for Guiel in the 7th
2B - Derek Jeter (30, Lackey), Robinson Cano (27, Lackey), Craig Wilson (15, Romero)
RBI - Johnny Damon (71), Derek Jeter (78), Bobby Abreu (78), Aaron Guiel (15)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (17)
SB - Johnny Damon (23, 2nd base off Shields/Molina)
CS - Nick Green (4, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Napoli)
Team LOB - 13
New York Yankees
Jaret Wright 3.2933230 4.72
Ron Villone 1.1311130 2.99
Scott Proctor 2211000 3.55
Kyle Farnsworth 1000010 3.93
Mike Myers (L,1-1)0111000 3.04
Octavio Dotel 0.2100100 6.00
IBB - Kendrick by Octavio Dotel
Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 91-58, Ron Villone 31-21, Scott Proctor 26-19, Kyle Farnsworth 9-6, Mike Myers 4-3, Octavio Dotel 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 2-5, Scott Proctor 2-3, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 21, Ron Villone 8, Scott Proctor 7, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Mike Myers 1, Octavio Dotel 4
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF4110110 .266
Maicer Izturis, 3B5020025 .306
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5032000 .324
Garret Anderson, DH5010025 .275
    Reggie Willits, PR-DH0100000 .200
Juan Rivera, LF3120200 .303
Howie Kendrick, 1B4120113 .310
Adam Kennedy, 2B5130005 .259
Jose Molina, C3011013 .257
   a- Orlando Cabrera, PH0001000 .289
    Mike Napoli, C0001000 .228
Erick Aybar, SS4111000 .292
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Molina in the 7th
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (26, Wright), Garret Anderson (23, Myers), Howie Kendrick (15, Proctor), Adam Kennedy (20, Wright), Jose Molina (16, Wright)
3B - Adam Kennedy (6, Wright)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (9), Mike Napoli (1)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (101), Jose Molina (19), Orlando Cabrera (62), Mike Napoli (34), Erick Aybar (2)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (37), Erick Aybar (2)
CS - Juan Rivera (3, 2nd base by Wright/Posada), Adam Kennedy (8, 2nd base by Proctor/Posada)
Team LOB - 12
E - Erick Aybar 2 (3, )
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John Lackey 61044370 3.60
J.C. Romero 0.1111000 7.08
Scot Shields 1.2000110 2.93
Francisco Rodriguez (W,1-2) 1000100 2.03
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WP - John Lackey 2 (13), Scot Shields (6)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 109-68, J.C. Romero 6-4, Scot Shields 31-19, Francisco Rodriguez 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 6-6, Scot Shields 3-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 33, J.C. Romero 2, Scot Shields 7, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44253
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Brian Knight