Sunday, October 06, 2002

Yankees and Diamondbacks knocked out in first round

The Associated Press

        There will be no rematch of last year's thrilling World Series: The Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees were both sent home long before the Fall Classic.

        That means plenty of fresh faces the rest of October — fans have already been introduced to David Eckstein, Francisco Rodriguez and Miguel Cairo.

        The Yankees, so eager to return to the Series after last year's heartbreaking loss, instead were the first team knocked out of the postseason, beaten by the surprising Anaheim Angels 9-5 Saturday.

        The Angels roughed up Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina and David Wells in succession to win the AL division series 3-1 and end New York's four-year run as league champions. The World Series will be without the free-spending Yankees for the first time since 1997.

        Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and the Diamondbacks were swept by St. Louis in three games. Behind a big game from Cairo, the inspired Cardinals won 6-3 Saturday night to eliminate the same team that beat them last postseason.

        In the other two games on baseball's busiest day in October, the Minnesota Twins defeated the Oakland Athletics 11-2 to force a decisive Game 5 on Sunday; and the Atlanta Braves downed the San Francisco Giants 10-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

        Arizona lost star slugger Luis Gonzalez to a separated shoulder the last week of the regular season and never seemed to recover. The Diamondbacks managed just six runs and 18 hits in the series against St. Louis.

        While the Yankees were sent home, one of their former stars moves on. Cardinals first baseman Tino Martinez, who left for St. Louis after the Yankees signed Jason Giambi in the offseason, advanced to the NL championship series despite going 0-for-11 against Arizona.

        The Cardinals will play either Atlanta or San Francisco in the next round.

        The Angels face the winner of Sunday's game between Minnesota and Oakland.


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