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Putting the Past Behind Us: Doc and Phils Attempt to Write New History at Yankee Stadium

Putting the Past Behind Us: Doc and Phils Attempt to Write New History at Yankee Stadium

I don't need to tell you how important this is, do I? Even if the next three games weren't against the team that roadblocked the Phils' chances of winning back-to-back titles--the Yankees, no less--they'd still represent a pivotal series in the team's young season.

After getting drubbed by a combined score of 22-4 in two games at Fenway Park, our boys were able to salvage a little dignity by taking the third game behind a strong outing from Cole Hamels. With things being as bad as they are currently, any W we put in the books feels like a potential momentum-shifter, and there'd really be no better way to follow that up than coming to the Bronx and taking a couple at Yankee Stadium.

It won't be easy. As mentioned prevoiusly, the Yankees are just as formidable an opponent this year as they were last autumn, with some old names gone (Damon, Matsui) or struggling (Teixeira, Sabathia) but with new names stepping up (Cano, Hughes) and die-hards dying harder than ever (Pettitte, Rivera). Whatever the combination, the Yankees currently boast a 40-23 record, tied with the Rays for the best in the business. They're coming off a sweep of the Astros, and they'd love to roll their old Philly foes one more time.

The Yanks have no doubt noticed, however, that the Phils are bringing a new friend to the party this time. Nobody is as familiar with one Roy Halladay as the New York Yankees, who had to face the righty vet 35 times over the course of his decade spent with the Blue Jays in the AL East. As pointed out by a recent ESPN New York article, no starter who has pitched more than 100 innings against the Yanks in the Wild Card era has a better ERA than Halladay's 2.84--even including the most famous pinstripe-perplexer of recent years, Pedro Martinez (3.20). With an 18-6 career record against New York, Doc has essentially pitched a Cy Young season against the team, and boy would we love to see him continue that trend tonight.

Halladay pitching probably gives us our best chance to take a game in this series, but the guy he's facing is no slouch either--CC Sabathia, one of the only pitchers with numbers comparable to Doc's last decade. Sabathia hasn't been on his game so much so far this year, posting just a 4.01 ERA and getting knocked around in recent starts against the Indians and Mets. But he's gotten his act together recently against the Orioles (good to know that the AL East uses games against the O's like rehab starts), and CC always steps it up as the weather gets warmer, so we'd be foolish to take him lightly--especially with our offense basically back in the doldrums once again.

7:05 start from Yankee Stadium. Minor lineup tweak for the Phils tonight, as for the first time since July 30, 2009 against the Giants, Chase Utley will be hitting in the two-hole, with Placido Polanco moving behind him to third. And on the Yankees' side, Alex Rodriguez is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a sore hip. They still got a couple other OK hitters in there, but at least without him, Damon or Matsui out there for the Bronx Bombers, the acid flashbacks for the guys in our lineup shouldn't be nearly as harsh.

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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

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Best of MLB: D-backs clinch top wild card spot with walk-off win over Marlins

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League.

The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games a year ago but are 90-66 this season, were assured a playoff berth in the fourth inning after St. Louis and Milwaukee lost. The comeback victory ensured Arizona will host the NL wild-card game Oct. 4.

Fernando Rodney (5-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win.

A throwing error by Justin Nicolino (2-3) on Kristopher Negron's sacrifice bunt helped load the bases with no outs in the ninth (see full recap).

Cubs close in on NL Central title behind Quintana's 3-hit shoutout
MILWAUKEE -- Jose Quintana pitched a three-hitter for his second big league shutout, and the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee 5-0 Sunday to close in on a second straight NL Central title and damage the Brewers' playoff hopes.

Coming off its first World Series title since 1908, Chicago (87-68) won three of four in the weekend series and opened a 5-game lead over the second-place Brewers (82-73) with seven games remaining. Milwaukee began the day one game behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card.

Quintana (7-3 with Cubs, 11-11 overall) struck out 10 and walked one in his second complete game in 182 starts. He threw 116 pitches, his most since Sept. 7 last year.

He did not allow any extra-base hits and retired his final 11 batters after walking Domingo Santana in the sixth (see full recap).

Rockies beat Padres to open 2-game lead for last wild card
SAN DIEGO -- Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking single in a two-run third inning, Pat Valaika and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive home runs in the ninth and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Sunday to open a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card heading into the final week of the regular season.

St. Louis trails the Rockies by 2 games. Seeking its first postseason appearance since 2009, Colorado opens a six-game homestand Monday, playing Miami and then the Los Angeles Dodgers. At 41-40, the Rockies tied their record for road wins, set in 2009.

German Marquez (11-7) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 0-2 in six starts since beating Milwaukee on Aug. 18. Colorado starters have a 2.52 ERA in their last nine games (see full recap).

Twins top Tigers for 4-game sweep, close on wild card
DETROIT -- Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar homered, and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that moved the Twins closer to securing a wild-card berth in the playoffs.

Polanco hit a solo homer in the first off Buck Farmer (4-5), and Escobar welcomed Victor Alcantara with a three-run drive in the sixth.

Minnesota (82-74) began the day 4 games ahead of Kansas City, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card. The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 in the sweep.

Detroit has lost seven straight and 14 of 16. At 62-94, the Tigers will finish with their worst record since going 43-119 in 2003 (see full recap).