Mike Scioscia did his very best to manage his way out of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Scioscia, manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, actually dealt not one, but two near-fatal blows in Game Five of the 2009 ALCS against the New York Yankees. The first came when he removed starter John Lackey with two outs in the seventh inning and the bases loaded. With the Angels up 4-0, lefty Darren Oliver entered the game, forcing Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to bat from his typically less-productive right side. He ripped the first pitch he saw for a bases-clearing double. The Yankees went on to score three more in the inning and take 6-4 lead. Incredibly, their bullpen refused to hold down the Angels, who regained the lead with a three-run inning of their own. Jered Weaver ...
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