L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees postponed


L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees Postponed
American League Division Series Angels lead, 2-1

BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Rainy weather has postponed Game 4 of the ALDS until 7:30 p.m. ET, Sunday night.

Most teams would have collapsed after throwing away a five-run lead in a playoff game. But the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim refused to fold Friday.

The Angels will try to oust the New York Yankees from the postseason
for the second time in four years Sunday when the teams meet
in Game Four of the American League Division Series.

Garrett Anderson had four hits and drove in five runs for the
Angels en route to an 11-7 victory Friday, moving them within
one game of a trip to the AL Championship Series to face the
Chicago White Sox.

Anderson belted a three-run homer in the first inning and Bengie
Molina added his third of the series in the third against Randy
Johnson to give the Angels an early 5-0 advantage.

"To the Angels' credit, they are a relentless team and when you
don't make your pitches, regardless of who you are, they're
going to make you pay," Johnson said.

Hideki Matsui highlighted a four-run fourth with a solo home run
for the Yankees, who added two more runs in the fifth to take a
6-5 lead.

However, the Angels would not back down despite playing on the
road under a steady drizzle, adding two runs in the sixth,
seventh and eighth innings. Anderson delivered a pair of RBI
singles to help Anaheim pull away.

"You have to have confidence that you're going to be able to
contain an offense like the Yankees, especially if they are
coming back, and we did to some point, even though they grabbed
the lead," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

The Angels turn to Jarrod Washburn (8-8, 3.20 ERA), who beat the
Yankees twice in the 2002 ALDS. He missed six starts in the
second half of the year because of tendinitis in his left elbow
and has only one victory since August 23.

"I took those two weeks off towards the end of the season with
one thing in mind and that was just to be ready for the playoffs
and be as ready as I could for the team," Washburn said. "I
got one start where I went a full start and then I just had a
little tuneup there right before the end of the season."

The Yankees counter with Shawn Chacon (7-3, 2.85), who was
acquired from Colorado on July 28 after going 1-7 with a 4.09
ERA with the Rockies. He makes his first postseason appearance
after allowing just one earned run in 22 2/3 innings of his
final three starts.

"I think the biggest thing was realizing that I was being put in
a situation to win and knowing that I might not get an
opportunity like this and just getting a chance and trying to
run with it," Chacon said.

The Yankees have lost two in a row for the first time since
early September and try to avoid their first three-game losing
streak since July 21-23 against the Angels.