2011 American League Division Series

The 2011 American League Division Series (abbreviated ALDS) were two best-of-five playoffs comprising the opening round of the Major League Baseball postseason, played to determine the participating teams in the 2011 American League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a fourth team—a wild card—played in two series. TBS televised all games but the Game 2's of both series in the United States. The Game 2's of both series were aired on TNT due to schedule conflicts with other ALDS games or the NLDS.[1] The regular season finished on September 28, with the ALDS beginning September 30.[2] Game 5 of the Yankees–Tigers series was played on October 6.[3]

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 2011 ALDS were:

  • (1) New York Yankees (East Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 95–67): Tigers won the series, 3–2.
  • (2) Texas Rangers (West Division champions, 96–66) vs. (4) Tampa Bay Rays (Wild Card qualifier, 91–71): Rangers won the series, 3–1.

This was the second consecutive playoff meeting between the Rangers and Rays; the Rangers won 3–2 in the 2010 ALDS. The Tigers and Yankees previously met in the 2006 ALDS, in which the Tigers won 3–1, the last time they reached the postseason.

2011 American League Division Series
2011 ALDS
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Detroit Tigers (3) Jim Leyland 95–67, .586, GA: 15
New York Yankees (2) Joe Girardi 97–65, .599, GA: 6
DatesSeptember 30 – October 6
TelevisionTBS
TNT (Game 2)
TV announcersBrian Anderson, Ron Darling and John Smoltz
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Orel Hershiser
UmpiresGerry Davis (crew chief), Tony Randazzo, Eric Cooper, Dan Iassogna, Ted Barrett and Bill Welke
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Texas Rangers (3) Ron Washington 96–66, .593, GA: 10
Tampa Bay Rays (1) Joe Maddon 91–71, .562, GB: 6
DatesSeptember 30 – October 4
TelevisionTBS
TNT (Game 2)
TV announcersDon Orsillo and Buck Martinez
RadioESPN
Radio announcersGary Cohen and Aaron Boone
UmpiresDale Scott (crew chief), Mark Carlson, Kerwin Danley, Greg Gibson, Brian Gorman, Marvin Hudson

Participants

  • On September 16, the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Central title, becoming the first team of the season to qualify for the ALDS. It was the Tigers' first AL Central title since they joined the division in 1998, the team's first division title overall since 1987, and first playoff appearance since winning the 2006 American League pennant as the Wild Card team.[4]
  • On September 21, the New York Yankees clinched the AL East title, their Major League record 17th overall.[5]
  • On September 23, after the Angels lost to the Athletics, the Texas Rangers clinched the AL West for the second straight year.[6]
  • On September 28, after making up a 9-game deficit in the final month of the season and going into the season's last day tied with the Red Sox for the last playoff berth, the Tampa Bay Rays clinched the AL Wild Card by defeating the Yankees in extra innings while the Red Sox lost to the Orioles.[7]

Matchups

New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers

Detroit won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 September 30 / October 1 Detroit Tigers – 3, New York Yankees – 9 Yankee Stadium 3:26 (1:17 delay) 50,940[8] 
2 October 2 Detroit Tigers – 5, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium 3:34 50,596[9] 
3 October 3 New York Yankees – 4, Detroit Tigers – 5 Comerica Park 3:14 43,581[10] 
4 October 4 New York Yankees – 10, Detroit Tigers – 1 Comerica Park 3:10 43,527[11] 
5 October 6 Detroit Tigers – 3, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium 3:34 50,960[12]

: suspended in the bottom of the second inning due to rain

Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Texas won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 September 30 Tampa Bay Rays – 9, Texas Rangers – 0 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 3:00 50,498[13] 
2 October 1 Tampa Bay Rays – 6, Texas Rangers – 8 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 3:28 51,351[14] 
3 October 3 Texas Rangers – 4, Tampa Bay Rays – 3 Tropicana Field 3:51 32,828[15] 
4 October 4 Texas Rangers – 4, Tampa Bay Rays – 3 Tropicana Field 3:05 28,299[16]

New York vs. Detroit

Game 1, September 30 (Completed October 1)

8:37 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 0
New York 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 X 9 11 0
WP: Iván Nova (1–0)   LP: Doug Fister (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: Delmon Young (1)
NYY: Robinson Canó (1)

In front of a Yankee Stadium record setting crowd of 50,940, Justin Verlander, 24-game winner, Triple Crown winner, and Cy Young Award frontrunner, started Game 1 for the Tigers against Yankees' ace CC Sabathia. The Tigers started the scoring on Delmon Young's two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning. The Yankees managed to tie the game in the bottom half without a hit. Leadoff batter Derek Jeter reached first base on a wild pitch third strike. Jeter moved to third on Curtis Granderson's walk and Robinson Canó's groundout and then scored on Alex Rodriguez's RBI groundout. The game was delayed by rain in the middle of the second inning and later suspended[17] and resumed at 8:37 p.m. on October 1, pushing Game 2 back to October 2.

The suspension significantly altered both teams' pitching rotations for the series. Doug Fister and Iván Nova, both of whom were originally scheduled to start Game 2, entered as relief pitchers when Game 1 was resumed. Jorge Posada led off the continuation of the game with a single and then Russell Martin doubled, but Posada was tagged out trying to go home on a Brett Gardner grounder. The Tigers threatened in the fifth inning, putting men on first and second. However, Granderson made a strong throw to Jeter, who relayed to Martin at home to tag out Alex Avila trying to score the go-ahead run. Granderson hit a double in the bottom of the inning and Canó drove him in with an RBI double that was reviewed by instant replay after the ball hit the top of the wall near the boundary line. In the next inning, the Yankees scored six runs and, after Fister was relieved, a Canó grand slam, extending the Yankees lead to 8–1. Later, Canó knocked in his sixth RBI on an eighth-inning double to score Jeter, tying a Yankees postseason record for RBIs in a game by a single player.

The Tigers threatened in the top of ninth when Delmon Young's single, Miguel Cabrera's walk, and Víctor Martínez' single loaded the bases. Nova was relieved by Luis Ayala, who surrendered an RBI groundout by Avila, an RBI single by Ryan Raburn, and a single by Jhonny Peralta to load the bases again. The Yankees turned to their closer, all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, in a non-save situation, who struck out Wilson Betemit to end the game.

Game 2, October 2

3:07 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 9 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 1
WP: Max Scherzer (1–0)   LP: Freddy García (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: Miguel Cabrera (1)
NYY: Curtis Granderson (1), Nick Swisher (1)

Max Scherzer threw ​5 13 no-hit innings before allowing a single to Robinson Canó. Scherzer got help from the Tigers' offense early, as Magglio Ordóñez singled with one out in the first inning, then Miguel Cabrera hit an opposite-field home run one out later to put the Tigers in front 2–0. In the sixth, Austin Jackson reached on Derek Jeter's throwing error to first, then Ordóñez singled. After Delmon Young struck out, back-to-back RBI singles from both Cabrera and Víctor Martínez made it 4-0 Tigers and knocked Freddy García out of the game. The Yankees got on the board in the eighth on Curtis Granderson's leadoff home run off of Joaquín Benoit, but in the ninth, Luis Ayala hit Brandon Inge with a pitch. Inge moved to second on a groundout and scored on Don Kelly's single to give the Tigers the run back. In the bottom of the inning, Nick Swisher hit a leadoff home run off José Valverde, who then allowed a triple to Jorge Posada and walked Russell Martin before Andruw Jones's sacrifice fly cut the Tigers' lead to 5-3. Jeter struck out and Granderson walked before Valverde retired Robinson Canó on a groundout, sending the teams to Detroit with the series tied at a game apiece.

Game 3, October 3

8:37 p.m. (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 6 0
Detroit 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 X 5 8 0
WP: Justin Verlander (1–0)   LP: Rafael Soriano (0–1)   Sv: José Valverde (1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
DET: Delmon Young (2)

In a rematch of the Game 1 starters, the Yankees struck first off of Justin Verlander when Derek Jeter singled to lead off the first and scored on Curtis Granderson's triple. After Robinson Cano struck out, Granderson scored on Alex Rodriguez's single to make it 2–0 Yankees. In the bottom of the third, Ramon Santiago's RBI single with two on off of C.C. Sabathia scored Brandon Inge from second. A single loaded the bases before Miguel Cabrera grounded into a double play, but Austin Jackson scored to tie the game. Inge hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored again on an RBI double by Santiago in the fifth inning, giving the Tigers the lead. Don Kelly hit a leadoff single and scored on an RBI double by Jhonny Peralta in the sixth to increase Detroit's lead. After Alex Avila's sacrifice bunt, Sabathia was relieved by Rafael Soriano. In the seventh, after getting two outs, Verlander walked Jorge Posada and hit Russell Martin with a pitch before both men scored on a Brett Gardner RBI double, tying the game. In the bottom of the inning, Delmon Young's home run off of Soriano put the Tigers back in front 5–4. José Valverde recorded his 50th consecutive save in as many tries—including regular season—for the Tigers win, striking out Jeter with runners on first and second, both having reached on walks, to end the game.

Game 4, October 4

8:37 p.m. (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 6 0 10 13 0
Detroit 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
WP: A. J. Burnett (1–0)   LP: Rick Porcello (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
DET: Víctor Martínez (1)

With their backs against the wall, the Yankees relied on A. J. Burnett to even the series. Burnett, who was assigned to the bullpen in the Division Series due to inconsistency, re-took the starting role thanks to the suspension in Game 1. Burnett was almost to be relieved by Cory Wade in the bottom of the first inning after issuing a two-out walk to Víctor Martínez that loaded the bases, but Curtis Granderson's run-saving catch helped Burnett escape the jam unharmed. Derek Jeter's two-run double in the third put the Yankees on board, but Martínez's solo homer in the bottom of the fourth cut the Yankees' lead to one. Granderson's RBI double and Alex Rodriguez's sacrifice fly in the fifth increased the lead to three. Burnett was relieved after Don Kelly's two-out single in the bottom of the sixth, and he gave the Yankees what they were hoping for—tossing ​5 23 innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, and four walks while striking out three. Later, Granderson's second run-saving catch of the day ended the sixth inning for Burnett and the Yankees.

The Yankees' offense erupted in the top of the eighth. Three struggling Yankees hitters—Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher—hit consecutive singles to start the eighth inning. A balk by the Tigers' reliever Al Alburquerque and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Jesús Montero brought in two more runs for the Yankees. Russell Martin was walked to load the bases again, followed by Brett Gardner's RBI single for another run. The next two batters—Derek Jeter and Granderson—both struck out, but Montero scored on a wild pitch by Tigers' reliever Daniel Schlereth during Granderson's at-bat. Robinson Canó singled in two more runs to increase the lead to 10–1. The six-run rally was more than enough for the Yankees, as the Yankees' relievers—Rafael Soriano, Phil Hughes, and Boone Logan—held the Tigers hitless in the remaining ​3 13 innings while striking out six.

Game 5, October 6

8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 10 0
WP: Doug Fister (1–1)   LP: Iván Nova (1–1)   Sv: José Valverde (2)
Home runs:
DET: Don Kelly (1), Delmon Young (3)
NYY: Robinson Canó (2)

Game 5 was a rematch of the two pitchers of record in Game 1—Iván Nova and Doug Fister. Despite the fans setting another Yankee Stadium record with 50,960 in attendance, the Tigers eliminated the Yankees with a 3–2 win. Back–to–back homers by Don Kelly and Delmon Young in the first inning put Detroit on top. Young's homer was his third, a Tigers record in a playoff series. Nova did not last long, as he was pulled after the second inning with forearm tightness. The Tigers made it 3–0 in the top of the fifth when Víctor Martínez singled off CC Sabathia to drive in Austin Jackson. In the bottom of the fifth the Yankees finally scored on a Robinson Canó solo homer, and got another run in the seventh when Mark Teixeira walked with the bases loaded to score Derek Jeter. However, Joaquín Benoit managed to strike out Nick Swisher with the bases still loaded, ending the threat. José Valverde closed the door when he struck out Alex Rodriguez in the ninth, earning his 51st straight save of the combined 2011 season and postseason.

The Tigers became only the third team to beat the Yankees in consecutive post-season series meetings; previously the 192122 New York Giants and the 2002 and 2005 Angels were able to beat the Yankees in consecutive playoff series meetings. This was also the first time since 2007 the Yankees were eliminated at home.

CC Sabathia appeared in relief for the first time in his career when he relieved Boone Logan in the fifth, in which he surrendered the winning run.[18] Mariano Rivera made what would be his final postseason appearance, pitching a scoreless ninth.[19]

Composite box

2011 ALDS (3–2): Detroit Tigers over New York Yankees

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 5 0 2 1 2 3 1 0 3 17 36 0
New York Yankees 3 0 2 0 4 6 3 8 2 28 45 1
Total attendance: 239,604   Average attendance: 47,920

Texas vs. Tampa Bay

Game 1, September 30

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 9 11 0
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
WP: Matt Moore (1–0)   LP: C. J. Wilson (0–1)
Home runs:
TB: Johnny Damon (1), Kelly Shoppach 2 (2)
TEX: None

Rookie Matt Moore started Game 1 for the Rays, his second Major League start and fourth appearance since his September 12 promotion from Triple-A.[20] Moore gave the Rays seven shutout innings—allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. After pitching a perfect first, C. J. Wilson hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch leading off the second, then Johnny Damon's home run put Tampa up 2−0. Kelly Shoppach then singled, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on Matt Joyce's single. Shoppach's three-run home run after two singles next inning made it 6−0 Tampa. In the fifth, Adrián Beltré's throwing error to first allowed Damon to reach base, then Shoppach's second home run of the game made it 8−0 Tampa. They added one more run in the ninth on Damon's single with runners on second and third off of Mike Gonzalez. Wade Davis retired the Rangers in order in the bottom half to preserve the shutout.

Game 2, October 1

7:07 p.m. (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 6 9 0
Texas 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 1 X 8 10 1
WP: Derek Holland (1–0)   LP: James Shields (0–1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (1)
Home runs:
TB: Matt Joyce (1), Evan Longoria (1)
TEX: Mitch Moreland (1)

The Rays struck first on Kelly Shoppach's bases-loaded walk in the first inning and Matt Joyce's two-run home run in the fourth. However, Rays starter James Shields ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. After Elvis Andrus' hit-by-pitch and consecutive singles by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young loaded the bases, Shields again hit Adrián Beltré and surrendered a two-run single to Mike Napoli. The next two batters, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy, both struck out, but Murphy reached first base on an uncaught third strike thanks to a wild pitch earlier to advance the runners. Beltré also scored on that play. Mitch Moreland followed up with an RBI groundout to score Napoli. The five-run fourth gave the Rangers a 5–3 lead over the Rays.

Rangers starter Derek Holland put another zero on the scoreboard before handing the game to the bullpen. The Rangers continued to score on Ian Kinsler's two-run double in the sixth. Evan Longoria came up with a three-run homer in the seventh to bring the Rays within a run. Moreland answered with a solo homer in the eighth to increase the lead to two. Neftalí Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth to record the save. As of the 2017 postseason, this is the only ALDS game the Rangers have won at home.

Game 3, October 3

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 9 0
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 6 0
WP: Colby Lewis (1–0)   LP: David Price (0–1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (2)
Home runs:
TEX: Mike Napoli (1)
TB: Desmond Jennings 2 (2)

A Desmond Jennings home run in the fourth gave the Rays an early lead. David Price, winless against the Rangers in his Major League career, held Texas without a run for six innings before giving up a Mike Napoli two-run homer after Adrián Beltré singled. Josh Hamilton later hit a two-RBI single off reliever J. P. Howell to put Texas ahead 4–1. Later, in the bottom half, Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI groundout to score Johnny Damon and cut Texas's lead to two. In the bottom of the eighth, Jennings cut the deficit to one on his second solo home run of the game; however, the Rays' comeback attempt was put to rest on a double play grounder by Kelly Shoppach in the ninth.

Game 4, October 4

2:07 p.m. (EDT) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 6 0
Tampa Bay 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
WP: Matt Harrison (1–0)   LP: Jeremy Hellickson (0–1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (3)
Home runs:
TEX: Ian Kinsler (1), Adrián Beltré 3 (3)
TB: None

The Rangers struck first with an Ian Kinsler home run off Rays' starter Jeremy Hellickson in the first inning. Three homers by Adrián Beltré off Hellickson in the second and fourth, and off Matt Moore in the seventh gave Texas the much-needed cushion. The Rays tried to come back when Matt Joyce doubled in the second and scored Sean Rodriguez in a plate collision with Mike Napoli. Later Rodriguez also scored in the fourth and ninth off Casey Kotchman RBI singles, but the game ended after Joyce popped out in foul territory to Beltré and Desmond Jennings grounded into a force out. Beltré became the sixth player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a single postseason game, joining Babe Ruth (1926 and 1928 World Series), Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS), Reggie Jackson (1977 World Series), George Brett (1978 ALCS), and Adam Kennedy (2002 ALCS).

With the win, the Rangers advanced to their second straight ALCS. This also marked the Rangers' fifth straight postseason win at Tropicana Field.

Composite box

2011 ALDS (3–1): Texas Rangers over Tampa Bay Rays

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas Rangers 1 1 0 6 0 2 5 1 0 16 27 2
Tampa Bay Rays 1 4 3 4 2 0 4 1 2 21 33 0
Total attendance: 162,976   Average attendance: 40,744

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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.

2011 New York Yankees season

The 2011 New York Yankees season was the 111th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees began the season at home against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, March 31. The Yankees clinched a playoff berth in the first game of a doubleheader on September 21, and clinched the AL East division title in the second game. The Yankees season ended on October 6 when they lost a deciding Game 5 of the 2011 American League Division Series to the Detroit Tigers 3–2. It was the first time since 2007 that the Yankees lost an elimination game at home.

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A. J. Burnett

Allan James Burnett (born January 3, 1977), is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies for 17 seasons.

The New York Mets drafted Burnett in the eighth round of the 1995 MLB draft, out of Central Arkansas Christian School in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where he helped lead the team to back-to-back state championships. The Mets traded him to the Marlins, and Burnett made his MLB debut in 1999. He signed with the Blue Jays as a free agent, before the 2006 season, and with the Yankees before the 2009 season. The Yankees traded Burnett to the Pirates before the 2012 season. After two years in Pittsburgh, he signed with the Phillies, where he played one season, before rejoining the Pirates for his final season.Burnett recorded a no-hitter in a complete game shutout in 2001, despite walking 9 batters. He led the National League (NL) in shutouts in 2002, and the American League (AL) in strikeouts in 2008. Burnett was a member of the 2009 World Series champion Yankees. He was selected for the NL roster for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

Core Four

The "Core Four" are former New York Yankees baseball players Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera. Each member of the Core Four was a key contributor to the Yankees' late-1990s dynasty that won four World Series championships in five years.

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.

Don Kelly (baseball)

Donald Thomas "Don" Kelly (born February 15, 1980) is an American former professional baseball utility player who is currently the first base coach for the Houston Astros. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Miami Marlins. Kelly played every position on the field in the major leagues, including pitcher. Over the course of his career, he mainly played the outfield and third base.

Instant replay in Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) allows the instant replay review to allow league officials to review certain types of plays in order to determine the accuracy of the initial call of the umpires on the field. Reviews may be initiated either by a team's manager with limitations or by the umpires themselves. All instant-replay reviews are examined by umpires at the Replay Command Center in New York City, who has the final decision as to whether to uphold or overturn the initial call.

MLB was the last of the four major North American professional sports leagues to implement an instant replay review system. Instant replay review was first implemented during the 2008 season. Under that system, only the umpire crew chief could initiate a review, and one or more members of the umpiring crew would review the video at the stadium and render the decision to uphold or overturn the call. Only boundary home run calls could be reviewed, either if the initial call was a home run but might not have been (e.g., spectator interference or a foul ball near the foul pole) or if the initial call was not a home run but might have been (e.g., the ball hit an object such as a railing beyond the outfield wall and then bounced back onto the field).The current instant replay system was implemented in the 2014 season. Under the current system each manager is allotted one challenge per game, with additional challenges granted only if the previous one was successful. From the eighth inning on, the umpire crew chief is allowed to initiate his own replay review. The umpire crew chief is also allowed to initiate a review during any inning if the play in question is a boundary home run call.

Iván Nova

Iván Manuel Nova Guance (born January 12, 1987) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nova grew up poor in the Dominican Republic, where he started playing baseball at a young age. An unheralded prospect, the Yankees signed Nova as an international free agent in 2004. After pitching in minor league baseball through the 2008 season, the San Diego Padres selected Nova from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft. The Padres opted not to carry Nova on their 25-man roster, however, and returned him to the Yankees.

Nova enjoyed a breakout season in the minors for the Yankees in 2009. He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2010, and established himself as a key member of the Yankees' starting rotation during the 2011 season. After struggling in 2012, Nova reemerged in 2013, winning the American League Pitcher of the Month Award for August 2013. The Yankees traded Nova to the Pirates in 2016, and he won the National League Pitcher of the Month Award for April 2017. After the 2018 season, the Pirates traded Nova to the White Sox.

Joel Peralta

Joel Peralta Gutiérrez (; Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈel peˈɾalta]; born March 23, 1976) is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.

Kelly Shoppach

Kelly Brian Shoppach (pronounced SHOP-ick; born April 29, 1980) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Leonys Martín

Leonys Martín Tápanes (born March 6, 1988) is a Cuban-American professional baseball center fielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Born in Cuba, he played locally for Villa Clara of the Cuban National Series, and for the Cuban national baseball team in international competitions, including the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

While in Taiwan for the 2010 World University Baseball Championship, Martín defected from Cuba in order to become a Major League Baseball free agent. He signed with the Texas Rangers in 2011, and made his MLB debut later that season. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians.

Major League Baseball on TBS

Major League Baseball on TBS (also sometimes referred to as Sunday MLB on TBS during the regular season) is a presentation of regular season and postseason Major League Baseball game telecasts that air on the American pay television network TBS. The games are produced by Turner Sports.

Matt Moore (baseball)

Matthew Cody Moore (born June 18, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. He was an All-Star in 2013.

Robinson Canó

Robinson José Canó Mercedes (Spanish pronunciation: [ka'no]; born October 22, 1982) is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on May 3, 2005, played for them through the 2013 season, and was a member of their 2009 World Series winning team over the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 2014 through 2018. He has represented the Dominican Republic in international play, including winning both the gold medal and Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) of the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament.

From San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, the Yankees signed Canó as an amateur free agent on January 5, 2001. He is an eight-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was the 2017 All-Star Game MVP and the 2011 Home Run Derby winner. Along with WBC teammates Octavio Dotel and Santiago Casilla, Canó became one of the first four players to have won both a World Series and World Baseball Classic. On December 6, 2013, Canó signed a 10-year, $240 million USD deal with the Mariners.

In 2018, Canó was suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s joint drug agreement for his use of furosemide. After the 2018 season, he was traded to the Mets.

Written in the Stars (Tinie Tempah song)

"Written in the Stars" is a song by English rapper Tinie Tempah featuring American singer Eric Turner. Unlike his two prior breakthrough singles which were produced by Labrinth, the track instead features production by iSHi. It was released in September 2010 through Parlophone, digitally on the iTunes Store. It serves as the third official single from his debut album Disc-Overy. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Tinie Tempah's second number-one single in the United Kingdom. The song was released as Tempah's debut U.S. single, and has peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track also marks Tinie's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.

"Written in the Stars" was used by Major League Baseball for their commercials relating to the 2011 Major League Baseball Postseason. It was also chosen by WWE as its theme song for WrestleMania XXVII. Recently, it was used as the introduction to the eighth season of the South Asian Softball League. Since the 2011–12 season, it has been used as the theme song for Sky Sports' coverage of Premier League football. Samples of "Written in the Stars" can be heard in promos used for the USA Network sports-drama Necessary Roughness. The song was chosen as Miss USA 2011 Evening Gown Competition's background music. The New York Giants used the song as their entrance song in Super Bowl XLVI on 5 February 2012. It was also used in the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games in August 2012. In May 2016, Tempah performed the song live in Wembley Stadium before the FA Cup final.

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