Tidbits: Back in the walk-off business
Teixeira's shot vs. Twins brings back memories of Boone
NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's walk-off 11th-inning home run in Friday's 4-3 American League Division Series victory over the Twins marked the franchise's first postseason walk-off homer since Aaron Boone's shot in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series. Boone's homer was also hit in the 11th inning.
"I wanted to swing at good pitches," said Teixeira, who went hitless in his first seven at-bats in the series. "I wanted to get a good pitch to drive and hope for good results. And I think staying consistent allows you to succeed even when you haven't had the best game or the best series so far."
Don't expect Yankees starter Andy Pettitte to be daunted by the pressure of the postseason. The veteran lefty has 14 postseason wins and, with Sunday's Game 3 start, Pettitte will surpass Tom Glavine to become the all-time leader in playoff starts. Pettitte is 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 12 career regular-season games in the Twins' home dome.
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The Twins' 0-2 deficit in this year's ALDS marks the fourth time they have started a series with two losses. In the three previous instances -- the 1969 ALCS, '70 ALCS and 2006 ALDS -- they were swept.
Reach for the stars
Among the notable celebrities in attendance for the first two playoff games at the new Yankee Stadium: actress Kate Hudson, rapper Jay-Z and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
It's worth mentioning ...
Friday's Game 2 crowd of 50,006 was the largest in the new Yankee Stadium history. ... New York has come from behind to win all six home games against the Twins this season. ... Minnesota stranded 17 runners on base in Game 2's loss, marking the most in any regular or postseason game since stranding 19 against Cleveland on April 6, 2004. ... Twins closer Joe Nathan, who set a franchise record for saves this season, has allowed five earned runs in two innings pitched against New York this season. "We have always said, when it doesn't work out, that's one of those really tough ones [to lose], because he is so good and sets the table so high," Gardenhire said. ... Yankees captain Derek Jeter has hit safely in 39 of his past 47 postseason games since 2002, including 16 multihit games.
Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.