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Yankees Short Hops: Game 3

Yankees Short Hops: Game 3

Fielding the Yankees' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Angels in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
The Yankees jumped on Jered Weaver, but the Angels rallied and sealed the victory on a walk-off double from Jeff Mathis off Alfredo Aceves.

Frozen moment
With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, New York's defense erased a leadoff double by former Yankees right fielder Bobby Abreu. Melky Cabrera relayed Abreu's hit in to Derek Jeter, who pivoted and threw to a waiting Mark Teixeira at second base to catch Abreu off the bag.

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Big number
4: Solo homers hit by the Yankees, who have scored 15 of their 27 postseason runs via the home run.

Game balls

Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod continued his phenomenal postseason with a fourth-inning solo homer. The Yankees' cleanup hitter has four homers and nine RBIs in this postseason, including an RBI in seven consecutive playoff games.

Derek Jeter

As usual, the Yankees' captain was crucial when his team needed it most. Jeter homered on the third pitch of the game, giving him 20 career postseason long balls.

Mariano Rivera

The veteran closer, who inherited a runner on second, bounced back from a fielding blunder to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th inning unscathed.

Sense of October
Jeter immediately silenced the rowdy crowd at Angel Stadium with a leadoff homer to start the game.

Lines of the Game


POSADA
Hitting
Jorge Posada
4 AB, 2 H, HR, RBI, BB
Comment: Posada's eighth-inning blast tied the game at 4, as the veteran catcher continued a fine postseason at the plate.

HUGHES
Pitching
Phil Hughes
1 2/3 IP, H, K
Comment: After Joba Chamberlain gave up a tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, Hughes kept the Angels at bay and exited after allowing his first hit, a double to open the ninth inning.

Spoken
"This is the type of series we expected it to be. We've had two extra-inning games out of three games. They've been hard-fought games. [Tuesday's Game 4 is] a new day, and we'll be back." -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi

Next step
Pitching on three days' rest, CC Sabathia will take the ball for the second time in the series on Tuesday night, looking to stop the Angels' momentum.

Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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