Small Ball, Big Win: Yankees Bunt Their Way to 40th World Series

Posted: 26th October 2009 by Jordan Schwartz in MLB
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For five games, the Yankees mostly sat back and waited for home runs.á Sometimes they came, like Alex Rodriguez's game-tying shot in the 11th inning of Game Two.á And sometimes they didn't, like when the Bronx Bombers stranded 10 base runners in Game Five. But in their 5-2 American League Championship Series-clinching win on Sunday night, New York took a page out of the Angels' book by playing small ball. For years, Los Angeles has been the Yanks' nemesis, frustrating the Pinstripes with their aggressive base running and willingness to sacrifice at-bats for the betterment of the team. But in Game Six, that's exactly what the Yankees did. Down 1-0 in the fourth inning, the struggling Nick Swisher stepped to the plate with a runner on first and no one out.á On the first pitch, he squared ...

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