BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Yankees can take a
commanding lead in their American League Division Series with
the Anaheim Angels on Wednesday night when they host Game Two at
Williams' homer was his 17th career postseason blast moving him
into a tie with Cleveland's Jim Thome for second on the all-time
list and extending his Division Series record to 26 RBI. Jeter,
Giambi and Rondell White all homered off Anaheim starter Jarrod
It was the fourth time in the last six postseason games that New
York has won in its final at-bat.
"You know, this year, with a different set of people, but this
is a magical place," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "You hate
to rely on the magic of Yankee Stadium because it keeps you from
working hard at it."
New York starter Roger Clemens turned in a shaky outing as he
yielded four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Clemens
failed to hold a 4-3 lead in the sixth when Glaus led off with a
Glaus became the first Angel to homer twice in a postseason
game. Darin Erstad had three hits Garret Anderson had two hits
and two RBI as Anaheim outhit New York, 12-8.
Andy Pettitte (13-5, 3.27 ERA) closed the regular season in fine
form with a 5-0 record and a 2.23 ERA in September and was
named American League Pitcher of the Month. Pettitte is 71-26
lifetime at home, including an 8-2 mark this season.
Pettitte went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in a pair of starts against
the Angels this year and is 10-5 lifetime against them. The
30-year-old lefthander is 10-7 with a 3.42 ERA lifetime in the
postseason. One of his most memorable starts came in Game Five
of the 1996 World Series against Atlanta, when he tossed 8 1/3
spectacular innings in a 1-0 victory.
"For me to be able to look back and think about that game, I
have some history with being able to pitch and under some tough
situations, stuff like that," Pettitte said. "You can bring that
into a game, you can remember all that."
However, Pettitte's last two postseason outings were losses in
last year's World Series against Arizona. He was rocked for six
runs and seven hits in two-plus innings of a 15-2 loss in Game
Six. It was his shortest postseason start and Arizona later
indicated that he was tipping his pitches.
"Well, Andy's a tremendous pitcher," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "He's one of the toughest lefthanders in
baseball, one of the toughest pitchers in baseball. He's been
through the playoffs. I think he knows how to bring his game
into a playoff environment. It's going to be a challenge."
Anaheim will send veteran righthander Kevin Appier (14-12, 3.92)
to the mound. Appier is one of the few Angels with postseason
experience as he made a pair of appearances against the Yankees
with Oakland in the 2000 AL Division Series and was 0-1 with a
"You know, even though I'm the only guy on the playoff roster
with experience, they still got (righthander) Aaron (Sele) and
(lefthander Dennis) Cook and just like in our meeting yesterday,
our pitchers meeting and stuff like that, we were talking about
the whole thing," Appier said. "Yeah, they've been good about
picking our brains. You know, just asking variations of
Appier went 0-3 with a 5.91 ERA in his final four starts of the
regular season. He was on the short end of a 4-0 loss against
Pettitte and New York on August 2 after allowing four runs and
seven hits in six innings. Appier owns an 8-8 lifetime mark
against New York with a 4.08 ERA and is 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA at
"Kevin Appier's very tough," Torre said. "He's had some
experience in the postseason. The fact that he really is - he's
a grinder, he doesn't really give in to a hitter at all, he
stays down best he can, he mixes things up, he's a tough
New York is 5-2 all time in Game Two of an ALDS, including a 3-1
mark after winning the opener.