College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
In the MLB playoffs the focus tonight will be on the American League, as the teams from the NL get the night off. The New York Yankees resume their series with the Minnesota Twins in the Bronx. Game one featured all of New York’s strengths. There was a dominant pitching performance from CC Sabathia and the offence hit a couple of long balls en route to a 7-2 win over the Twins. The Yanks hope game two is no different so win they go into Minnesota with a 2-0 series lead. Tonight AJ Burnett (13-9) makes his first postseason start. In fact this is Burnett first ever playoff action. Jose Molina gets the call behind the plate. When Molina is catching opposing hitters have a .221 average against Burnett. With starter Jorge Posada they’re batting .270. Also Molina has caught each of Burnett’s last six starts. Nick Blackburn (11-11) gets the call for the Twins.
In the late game the Boston Red Sox are looking to bounce back from a 5-0 game one lose to the Los Angeles Angels. LA starter John Lackey was a loser the last two years in the ALDS against the Sox, but last night he went seven strong striking out four and only giving up four hits. Torii Hunter contributed the key offensive play blasting a three run bomb off Boston starter John Lester. Red Sox hope their ace and playoff vet, Josh Beckett (17-6) can get them back in the series tonight. LA counters with Jered Weaver (16-8).