NEW YORK (AP) - A Japanese import has helped the New York
Yankees drive to the top of the baseball world once again with
their 27th World Series title.
Designated hitter Hideki Matsui (hih-DEK'-ee mat-SOO'-ee) tied a
49-year-old World Series record by driving in six runs and the
Yankees eliminated defending World Series champion Philadelphia 7-3
in Game 6. Matsui homered, doubled and singled his first three
times up before the Phils finally retired him in the seventh inning
on a strikeout.
Matsui connected on a two-run homer off the Phils losing
pitcher, 38-year-old Pedro Martinez in the second inning. Matsui
hit three home runs in this World Series, two against Martinez, who
lasted four innings, giving up four runs on four hits.
The Yanks added two more in the third when Matsui lined a
two-out, bases-loaded single to make it 4-1. He added a two-run
double in the fifth when the Yanks scored three more to make it
In the Series, Matsui was 8-for-13 with three homers and eight
RBIs. His six RBIs in this game tied Yankee second baseman Bobby
Richardson's one-game World Series record set in Game 3 in 1960
The winning pitcher was 37-year-old veteran Andy Pettitte.
Pitching on three days rest, Pettitte went five and two-thirds
innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Pettitte, the winningest
postseason pitcher ever, won four games in this postseason. He got
the victory in all three Yankee clinchers in the posteason, against
the Twins, Angels and Phillies.
Yankee closer Mariano Rivera got the final five outs to touch
off the wild celebration in the Bronx. It's the Yanks' first
championship since 2000.