ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -The
Los Angeles Angels
show no signs of slowing down or pacing themselves for the playoffs - not even with a season-high 13-game lead in the AL West.
was 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs,
tied a career high with four hits and the Angels kept on trucking with a 10-5 victory over the
New York Yankees
on Friday night.
''There's no way we're going to get relaxed,'' Hunter said. ''We're professional players. I mean, if you find somebody that
says, 'Aw, we're comfortable and these games right now don't matter,' I will slap them right now. Every day as a professional
player, you try to win every day. And that's what we're doing.''
had three hits and scored three runs for the Angels. Everyone in the starting lineup contributed to the 17-hit attack except
, who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
''That team is so good. I mean, they can grind you to death,'' Yankees left fielder
said. ''They take pitches, they battle - and Figgins wasn't even a part of this equation tonight. So we were fortunate that
The Angels have 47 games remaining, 10 of them against second-place Texas. But no one in the organization is admitting that
they have their fourth division title in five years wrapped up - least of all owner Arte Moreno.
''You've got to play them all out,'' Moreno said. ''We're very comfortable with who we are and what we're doing, but I think
it was 1978 that Boston coughed up a 14-game lead to the Yankees and lost in a one-game playoff to a
home run. In '95, the Angels spit up an 11-game lead in mid-August, and last year you saw what happened to the Mets down the
stretch. So nothing's a lock.''
(10-9) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, including solo homers by
, who played in his 2,000th regular-season game.
The Yankees, who are trying to tie Atlanta's major league record of 14 consecutive postseason appearances, remain three games
behind Boston in the Wild Card race. They are 5-8 following their eight-game winning streak coming out of the All-Star break.
Trailing 6-3 entering the sixth, New York got a run closer on Nady's 18th homer and fifth in 13 games since joining the Yankees
in a trade with Pittsburgh.
followed with a triple off the right field wall and scored on
''No lead is safe with those guys. They could go off at any time,'' Weaver said. ''I left a couple of pitches out over the
plate that I wish I could take back.''
But the Angels broke it open in the seventh. Hunter led off with his 19th homer,
doubled home a run, pinch-runner
's wild pitch and
capped the rally with an RBI single. Willits left the game with a concussion following his collision at home plate with
(0-4) retired only six of the 16 batters he faced, giving up five runs and nine hits in two-plus innings. The right-hander,
beginning his third stint with the Yankees this season, was recalled from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Thursday when
went on the disabled list with tendinitis in his rotator cuff.
Kennedy came out with a 5-3 deficit after giving up hits to the first five Angels batters in the third, including RBI singles
and Kendrick. Anderson extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
The Yankees had taken a 3-2 lead in the top half on a bases-loaded walk to
and an RBI single by Nady, whose dribbler hugged the third base line until it hit the bag. The rally included
's 445th career double.
Rodriguez, 0-for-14 in the Yankees' four-game split at Texas, drove Weaver's 3-2 pitch over the double-decker bullpen leading
off the second to trim the Angels' lead to 2-1. Last Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Rodriguez hit one of four home runs Weaver
surrendered in New York's 8-2 win.
A-Rod's 544th home run put the three-time AL MVP within four of tying
for 12th place on the career list. But his major league-record streak of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 35 home runs,
100 RBIs and 100 runs scored is in serious jeopardy. He has 26 homers, 68 RBIs and 71 runs scored with 46 games remaining.
Hunter opened the scoring in the first with a two-run double to left-center that sent Damon crashing into the fence, causing
one of the padded panels to swing open. Damon's left shoulder took the brunt of the impact and he appeared shaken up, but
stayed in the game.
He won't start in left on Saturday, but manager
had him scheduled to be the DH.
''I might have blacked out for a second,'' Damon said. ''I wasn't sure if Melky hit me or the wall. It's a good thing I didn't
have to throw the ball right after that.''
Notes: The Yankees played their first game in Anaheim with someone other than
as their manager since Aug. 20, 1995. ... The Angels were the only team to have a winning record against the Yankees during
Torre's 12 seasons as manager (61-55). They were 6-3 against New York in the playoffs during that time, winning the AL division
series in 2002 and 2005. ... Abreu leads the Yankees with 76 RBIs, eight more than Rodriguez. The last time the Yankees did
not have any players with 100 or more RBIs in a non-strike season was 1992, when
led them with 86.