Yankees, Angels Face Off in Game 6

Sunday, Oct 25, 2009  |  Updated 8:29 PM EDT
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Yankees, Angels Face Off in Game 6

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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, manager Joe Girardi and Alex Rodriguez watch the last group hit during batting practice Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at Yankee Stadium.

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Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels is finally underway after a rain delay on Saturday.

The game started at 8:20 pm at Yankee Stadium. Game 7, if necessary, was rescheduled for Monday, also at Yankee stadium.

Fans poured into the stadium tonight to watch the team from the Bronx, as New York leads the series 3-2 and needs one victory to clinch its 40th league pennant and reach the World Series for the first time since 2003.

If the Angels can push the series to a seventh game, the rainout could benefit them. No. 1 starter John Lackey, who took a shutout into the seventh inning in Game 5, could be available to pitch on three days' rest.

Joe Saunders had been slated to start for Los Angeles against fellow left-hander Andy Pettitte, looking to set a pair of major league records. Pettitte owns four series-clinching wins among his 15 career postseason victories, both tied for the most in baseball history.

Girardi said the Yankees will stay with Pettitte on Sunday night rather than switch to ace CC Sabathia, who would be on regular rest.

Sabathia, who is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in three playoff outings this year, would start Game 7 if needed. He pitched eight strong innings on three days' rest in a 10-1 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday

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