2010 American League Championship Series

The 2010 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was the best-of-seven game series pitting the winners of the 2010 American League Division Series for the American League Championship. The American League wild card-winning New York Yankees faced the American League West Division champions Texas Rangers. The Rangers won the 2010 ALCS and faced the National League champion San Francisco Giants in the 2010 World Series, the franchise's first ever appearance in the World Series, but would go on to lose to the Giants in five games.[2] The series, the 41st in league history, began October 15 and ended on October 22. The Rangers had home field advantage in the series, as the wild-card team defers home field advantage in the LDS and LCS regardless of regular-season record.

The Rangers and Yankees had met in the postseason in each of the Rangers' three previous postseason appearances; the Yankees had won all previous meetings, 3–1 in the 1996 ALDS, and 3–0 in the 1998 and 1999 ALDS.

2010 American League Championship Series
2010 ALCS
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Texas Rangers (4) Ron Washington 90–72, .556, GA: 9
New York Yankees (2) Joe Girardi 95–67, .586, GB: 1
DatesOctober 15–22
MVPJosh Hamilton (Texas)
UmpiresGerry Davis (crew chief), Brian Gorman, Ángel Hernández, Fieldin Culbreth, Jim Reynolds and Tony Randazzo[1]
ALDS
Broadcast
TelevisionTBS
MLB International
TV announcersErnie Johnson Jr., Ron Darling, and John Smoltz (TBS)
Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Miller and Joe Morgan

Summary

Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees

Texas won the series, 4–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 15 New York Yankees – 6, Texas Rangers – 5 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 3:50 50,930[3] 
2 October 16 New York Yankees – 2, Texas Rangers – 7 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 3:52 50,362[4] 
3 October 18 Texas Rangers – 8, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium 3:18 49,480[5] 
4 October 19 Texas Rangers – 10, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium 4:05 49,977[6] 
5 October 20 Texas Rangers – 2, New York Yankees – 7 Yankee Stadium 3:48 49,832[7] 
6 October 22 New York Yankees – 1, Texas Rangers – 6 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 2:57 51,404[8]

Game summaries

Game 1

Friday, October 15, 2010 – 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 6 10 1
Texas 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 1
WP: Dustin Moseley (1–0)   LP: Darren O'Day (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Robinson Canó (1)
TEX: Josh Hamilton (1)

The Yankees quickly fell behind as the Rangers got to their ace, CC Sabathia. In the first inning Josh Hamilton cracked a three-run home run to put Texas out in front. Michael Young added two more runs in the fourth with a double. Rangers starter C. J. Wilson had gone for seven strong innings, allowing only a single earned run, a solo homer by Robinson Canó.

In the eighth inning, New York left fielder Brett Gardner reached base on an infield single to lead off the top of the inning and scored on a double by Derek Jeter. Darren Oliver relieved Wilson and allowed back-to-back walks to Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira to load the bases with nobody out for Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit a two-RBI single, reducing the deficit to 5–4. Robinson Canó tied the game with a single and Marcus Thames followed with a single of his own to give the Yankees a 6–5 lead.

That lead would be enough, as Kerry Wood shut down the Rangers in the eighth and in the ninth Mariano Rivera secured his 42nd postseason save, his final postseason save of his career.

Game 2

Saturday, October 16, 2010 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
Texas 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 X 7 12 0
WP: Colby Lewis (1–0)   LP: Phil Hughes (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Robinson Canó (2)
TEX: David Murphy (1)

Once again the Yankees starter, this time Phil Hughes, lasted only four innings. The Rangers' Elvis Andrus scored on a double steal in the bottom of the first inning. David Murphy's solo home run in the second and three straight two-out hits by Mitch Moreland, Elvis Andrus, and Michael Young made the score 3–0.

Nelson Cruz hit a lead-off double off the right field wall in the bottom of the third and advanced to third base on Ian Kinsler's sacrifice bunt. Murphy and Bengie Molina's consecutive doubles increased the lead to five.

Robinson Canó answered with a lead-off double off the center field wall in the top of the fourth. Canó advanced to third on a wild pitch. Colby Lewis struck out Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada, but surrendered an RBI single to Lance Berkman. Berkman's hard hit just passed first baseman Moreland's glove but Moreland recovered the ball and caught Berkman between first and second base.

Cruz hit another lead-off double in the bottom of the fifth and scored on Kinsler's RBI triple. Hughes was then relieved by Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain struck out Murphy and Molina, but surrendered an RBI single to Moreland.

Canó hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning, but, despite having runners in scoring position the next three innings, the Yankees never scored again.

This was the Rangers' first postseason home game win, and it also snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Yankees in postseason.

Game 3

Monday, October 18, 2010 – 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 11 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
WP: Cliff Lee (1–0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1)
Home runs:
TEX: Josh Hamilton (2)
NYY: None

Rangers ace Cliff Lee continued his postseason dominance as he pitched eight scoreless innings on 122 pitches, striking out thirteen while allowing only two hits and one walk. Josh Hamilton's two-run homer in the top of the first inning gave the Rangers an early lead which they never relinquished. After the Hamilton home run, Yankees starter Andy Pettitte threw ​6 23 scoreless innings, while reliever Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

The Rangers padded their lead in the top of the ninth inning. Hamilton hit a leadoff double off of Boone Logan, who was relieved by David Robertson. Back-to-back singles by Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz made it 3–0 Rangers. Robertson struck out Ian Kinsler on a wild pitch that let Cruz go to second. After David Murphy was intentionally walked, Bengie Molina's single scored a run, then Mitch Moreland's single scored two more, and Elvis Andrus's double made it 7–0 Rangers. Sergio Mitre relieved Robertson and threw a wild pitch that scored the last run of the inning. Rangers closer Neftalí Feliz, entering the game in a non-save situation, pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth inning to preserve the shutout. [9]

The Yankees' offense was just 1-for-14 with RISP over the last two games. Derek Jeter's postseason streak of getting on base in 21 consecutive games was stopped, as he went 0-for-4 and was not walked. His first at-bat was a pop-fly; the second, third, and fourth at-bats were strike-outs. Lee's shutout was the first time that the Yankees had failed to score a run in a post-season game since being shut out by the Detroit Tigers on October 6, 2006. Lee became the first pitcher to strike out at least 10 in three consecutive playoff appearances, and took his postseason tally to 7-0.

Game 4

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 3 10 13 0
New York 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
WP: Derek Holland (1–0)   LP: A. J. Burnett (0–1)   Sv: Darren Oliver (1)
Home runs:
TEX: Bengie Molina (1), Josh Hamilton 2 (4), Nelson Cruz (1)
NYY: Robinson Canó (3)

The Yankees jumped to an early lead in the bottom of the second on a controversial solo home run from Robinson Canó. Canó hit the ball over the right field wall and right-field umpire Jim Reynolds ruled the ball a home run, but Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz argued that there was spectator interference. Television replays showed that the fans did not illegally interfere with the ball directly, but that a few fans did touch Cruz's glove while it was over the field of play. Instant replay review was not used and the home run call stood.[10] Two batters later, Lance Berkman hit the ball deep to right field and was initially ruled a home run by Reynolds, but the umpires elected to use instant replay review and overturned the call to a foul ball; Berkman eventually struck out looking.

The Rangers took the lead in the top of the third. David Murphy led off the inning with a walk and Bengie Molina was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Mitch Moreland followed by an RBI grounder from Elvis Andrus scored Murphy from third. Michael Young followed Andrus with an infield hit that drove in Molina.

In the bottom half of the third, Derek Jeter tripled and scored on a Curtis Granderson RBI single to tie the game at 2–2.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, and Canó and Berkman each singled to load the bases. Nick Swisher struck out, and Rangers starting pitcher Tommy Hunter was replaced by Derek Holland. Brett Gardner hit a hard RBI grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus, who forced Canó out at third but allowed Rodriguez to score, giving the Yankees a one-run lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, Vladimir Guerrero singled, but was forced out at second on a Cruz grounder that resulted in Cruz safely reaching first. Cruz then tagged up to second on Ian Kinsler's fly out. David Murphy was then intentionally walked to get to Bengie Molina. On the first pitch of the at bat, Molina hit a three-run home run to left field, giving the Rangers a 5–3 lead.

The Rangers piled onto their lead in the top of the seventh as Josh Hamilton hit a solo home run against Boone Logan. Guerrero then doubled, Cruz walked, and Kinsler hit a bloop single to right field to extend the lead to 7–3.

In the bottom of the eighth, Holland walked Granderson and was replaced with Darren O'Day. O'Day then walked Rodriguez and was replaced by Clay Rapada, who promptly walked Canó. Finally, Darren Oliver came in and got Swisher to pop up and Berkman to ground out.

In the top of the ninth, Hamilton hit another solo home run off Yankees reliever Sergio Mitre which tied the ALCS home run records. Guerrero followed up with an infield single. Cruz then homered to left to make the score 10–3.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gardner singled to lead off and took second base on defensive indifference. Posada grounded out allowing Gardner to advance to third base, but Jeter flew out and Granderson lined out to Moreland, stranding Gardner at third base and ending the game.

The Canó home run has been compared to the Jeffrey Maier play, according to many analysts. When asked about the Canó controversy, Maier replied, "it was pretty funny."[11]

Game 5

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 13 1
New York 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 X 7 9 0
WP: CC Sabathia (1–0)   LP: C. J. Wilson (0–1)
Home runs:
TEX: Matt Treanor (1)
NYY: Nick Swisher (1), Robinson Canó (4), Curtis Granderson (1)

The Yankees struck in the bottom of the second as Alex Rodriguez walked. Marcus Thames popped out, then Lance Berkman walked. Jorge Posada then hit a RBI single for the first run of the game. Curtis Granderson followed with a single of his own, driving in another. Jeff Francoeur's error scored another, making the score 3–0.

The Yankees got two more runs as Nick Swisher and Robinson Canó hit back-to-back solo homers, extending the lead to five. Canó's homer was his fourth in the series. The homer also tied the ALCS home run records.

Sabathia gave up his first run in the top of the fifth as Matt Treanor homered. The Yankees responded in the bottom of the inning as Swisher walked and Canó lined out. Rodriguez then hit a double, followed by Berkman's sacrifice fly that scored Swisher.

In the top of the sixth, Vladimir Guerrero struck out. David Murphy, Ian Kinsler, and Francoeur hit consecutive singles. Treanor's grounder to third brought in the Rangers' second run, but Sabathia struck out Moreland to end the inning with runners on second and third. Curtis Granderson homered in the eighth to return the Yankees' lead to five.

Although Sabathia allowed a season-high eleven hits, he gave the Yankees six innings. Kerry Wood pitched two scoreless innings, and Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth inning to seal the win for the Yankees.

Game 6

Friday, October 22, 2010 – 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Texas 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 X 6 7 0
WP: Colby Lewis (2–0)   LP: Phil Hughes (0–2)
Home runs:
NYY: None
TEX: Nelson Cruz (2)

Elvis Andrus doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, advanced to third on a Josh Hamilton single and scored on an RBI groundout from Vladimir Guerrero. Texas starter Colby Lewis shut down the Yankees until the top of the fifth, when Alex Rodriguez doubled and later scored on a wild pitch that appeared to hit Nick Swisher.

In the bottom of that same inning, with Mitch Moreland on third and two outs, Yankees starter Phil Hughes intentionally walked Hamilton to face Guerrero. Guerrero doubled to score both Moreland and Hamilton. Hughes was then replaced by David Robertson, who promptly gave up a two-run home run to Nelson Cruz to give Texas a 5–1 lead. Ian Kinsler added a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning off of Kerry Wood.

In the ninth, Neftalí Feliz closed out the series for Texas, striking out Alex Rodriguez to send the Rangers to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. One journalist wrote "Tom Hicks was right. Texas did win a pennant with A-Rod on the field."[12]

Composite box

2010 ALCS (4–2): Texas Rangers over New York Yankees

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas Rangers 7 2 4 2 7 4 3 0 9 38 63 2
New York Yankees 0 4 3 2 2 1 1 6 0 19 38 1
Total attendance: 301,985   Average attendance: 50,330

Broadcasting

TBS carried all the games with Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and John Smoltz in the broadcast booth. For international viewers, MLB International broadcast all the games, with the broadcast team of Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe announcing.

Notes

  1. ^ McTaggart, Brian (October 14, 2010). "Umpiring crews announced for LCS". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Rangers earn first World Series trip, beat Yankees in ALCS". USA Today. October 22, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Boxscore:NY Yankees vs. Texas – October 15, 2010". MLB.com. October 15, 2010. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Boxscore:NY Yankees vs. Texas – October 16, 2010". MLB.com. October 16, 2010. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  5. ^ "Boxscore:Texas vs. NY Yankees – October 18, 2010". MLB.com. October 18, 2010. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "Boxscore:Texas vs. NY Yankees – October 19, 2010". MLB.com. October 19, 2010. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  7. ^ "Boxscore:Texas vs. NY Yankees – October 20, 2010". MLB.com. October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on October 24, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Boxscore:NY Yankees vs. Texas – October 22, 2010". MLB.com. October 22, 2010. Archived from the original on October 26, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
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  10. ^ Browne, Ian (October 20, 2010). "Overturned homer only part of intrigue in NY". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  11. ^ "NYY Cano's home run stands, reminiscent of Jeffrey Maier controversy in 1996 ALCS". ESPN.com. October 19, 2010. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  12. ^ [2]

External links

2010 American League Division Series

The 2010 American League Division Series (ALDS) were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2010 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth "Wild Card" team (the team with the best record among teams not winning their division) played in two series from October 6 to 12. TBS televised all games in the United States.Under MLB's playoff format, no two teams from the same division were matched up in the Division Series, regardless of whether their records would normally indicate such a matchup. Home field advantage went to the team with the better regular-season record with the exception of the wild card team, which defers home field advantage regardless of record. The matchups for the 2010 ALDS were:

(1) Tampa Bay Rays (Eastern Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Texas Rangers (West Division champions, 90–72): Rangers win series, 3–2.

(2) Minnesota Twins (Central Division champions, 94–68) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card qualifier, 95–67): Yankees win series, 3–0.This was the second consecutive season and fourth season overall in which the Twins and Yankees met in the ALDS; the Yankees won all their previous series, 3–1 in 2003 and 2004, and 3–0 in 2009. The Rays and Rangers had never met previously in the postseason, with Tampa Bay making only their second postseason appearance in franchise history (after 2008) and Texas making their fourth appearance (and first since 1999).

The Rangers' win was the first postseason series victory in franchise history; the series also became the first MLB postseason series in which the visiting team won every game. On the other side, the Yankees extended their postseason dominance over the Twins to four consecutive series wins.

2010 Major League Baseball season

The 2010 Major League Baseball season began April 4, with the regular season ending on October 3. The 2010 All-Star Game was played on July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The National League ended a 13-game winless streak with a 3–1 victory. Due to this result, the World Series began October 27 in the city of the National League Champion, the San Francisco Giants, and ended November 1 when the Giants defeated the American League Champion Texas Rangers, four games to one.

2011 American League Championship Series

The 2011 American League Championship Series (abbreviated ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the winners of the 2011 American League Division Series, the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, against each other for the American League championship and the right to be the league's representative in the 2011 World Series. The series was the 42nd in league history.

Although the 2010 American League Championship series began on October 15, the 2011 series began on October 8 to accommodate the World Series, which was scheduled to begin on October 19. Fox televised all games in the United States. Games 1, 2, and 6 were played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, while the other games were played at Comerica Park in Detroit.

This was the first postseason meeting between the Rangers and the Tigers. The Tigers appeared in the ALCS (and the postseason overall) for the first time since 2006, while the Rangers were playing in their second consecutive appearance.

The Rangers would go on to lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. This is as of the 2018 season their final victory in a postseason series to date.

2011 Major League Baseball season

The 2011 Major League Baseball season began on Thursday, March 31, and ended on Wednesday, September 28. This marked the first time a season began on a Thursday since 1976, and the first time a regular season ended on a Wednesday since 1990. The 82nd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 12 with the National League defeating the American League for the second straight year, by a score of 5–1. As has been the case since 2003, the league winning that game has home field advantage in the World Series. Accordingly, the World Series began on October 19, and ended on October 28, with the St. Louis Cardinals winning in seven games over the Texas Rangers.Only two teams were unable to complete the entire 162-game regular season schedule, as the make-up game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 8 was cancelled due to rain and not made up, owing to scheduling constraints and the game being inconsequential to the playoffs.

Bengie Molina

Benjamin José Molina (born July 20, 1974), nicknamed "Big Money", is a former Major League Baseball catcher, first base coach, and catching instructor for the Texas Rangers. He is the older brother of major league catchers José Molina and Yadier Molina.

Initially regarded as a "good glove, no hit" catcher with a strong arm and an exceptional ball blocker, Molina won a Gold Glove as the top defensive player at his position in consecutive seasons in 2002 and 2003. But he also developed into a very good contact hitter and free-swinging power hitter. Between 2000 and 2007, he struck out just 331 times, and in 2000 led the American League in average at-bats between strikeouts, with 14.3. He is the only player in history to hit a home run and not get credit for the run. He was regarded as one of the slowest baserunners of his day.

Bengie currently provides color commentary on the Spanish language radio broadcast for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Brian Cashman

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Cashman began working with the Yankees organization in 1986 as an intern while still in college. He was named assistant general manager in 1992, helping to run the team while owner George Steinbrenner was suspended from baseball. He succeeded Bob Watson as the team's general manager in 1998.

Colby Lewis

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Jeter, Pettitte, Posada, and Rivera were drafted or signed as amateurs by the Yankees in the early 1990s. They played together in the minor leagues, and they each made their Yankee major league debuts in 1995. By 2007, they were the only remaining Yankees from the franchise's dynasty of the previous decade. All four players were on the Yankees' active roster in 2009 when the team won the 2009 World Series—its fifth championship in the previous 14 years.

Three members of the Core Four—Jeter, Rivera and Posada—played together for 17 consecutive years (1995–2011), longer than any other similar group in history of North American professional sports. Pettitte had a sojourn away from the team when he played for the Houston Astros for three seasons, but returned to the Yankees in 2007. He retired after the 2010 season, reducing the group to the so-called Key Three. Posada followed suit after 2011, ending his 17-year career with the Yankees. Pettitte came out of retirement prior to the 2012 season and played for two more years. Both Pettitte and Rivera retired after the 2013 season, and Jeter retired after the 2014 season.

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The Yankees signed Núñez as an international free agent in 2004. He played minor league baseball in their organization from 2005 through 2010, until he made his MLB debut with the Yankees on August 19, 2010. Due to struggles and inconsistency, Núñez was designated for assignment by the Yankees at the start of the 2014 season. He was traded to the Twins, and enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, when he was named to appear in the MLB All-Star Game. He was traded to the Giants in 2016, and to the Red Sox in 2017. In July 2019, Núñez was designated for assignment and then released by the Red Sox.

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Johnny Oates

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Josh Hamilton

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