Visa Signature Moment: Yanks are back

Originally Published: October 1, 2009
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Welcome to the Visa Signature Moments series, in which we will break down the week that was and crown the one event that captures the best sports has to offer.

Moment No. 4: No. 5 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, Sept., 27, 2009

The 411: The Red Sox arrived in Yankee Stadium 6 1/2 games behind New York, looking to make some last-minute noise and put themselves in position to steal the AL East title with a final week push. After winning the first two games of the series, the Yanks needed one more win to take their first division crown since 2006.

What was at stake: For the Yankees, the previous several weeks seemed to raise more questions than answers about their pitching rotation. This caused more than a few tabloid headlines in the Big Apple, considering the Yankees had missed the playoffs in 2008 for the first time since 1993. The Red Sox, who seemed to have their pitching rotation solidly in order, wanted to make a statement. In the end, the Yankees spoke the loudest with a sweep of their hated rivals.

Signature setup: With the Red Sox leading in the sixth inning, Hideki Matsui came to the plate and drove in Mark Teixiera and Alex Rodriguez to take a lead the Yankees wouldn't relinquish. The win was the 100th of the season for New York and their major league-leading 49th come-from-behind victory.

Looking forward: The Red Sox are set to play the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Division Series while the Yankees will play the AL Central champs. Considering Boston's success against the Angels in the playoffs (they have won nine straight playoff games against the Halos since 2004) and the Yankees owning the best record in the American League, it looks like we could be headed for another Red Sox-Yankees American League Championship Series. This would be the fourth time these two teams have met for the AL crown in the past 11 seasons -- each series seemingly more epic than the previous.