Days off lead to a lot of down time for Angels, Yankees
Because both the Angels and Yankees made quick work of their first-round playoff foes -- the Angels sweeping the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees doing the same to the Minnesota Twins -- both teams will have had four days off by the time the first pitch in thrown in Friday's American League Championship Series. That can make the first round of the playoffs seem like last season, said Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira.
"When you get four days off, it's kind of like starting the season over again," he said.
The Yankees worked out for a second straight day at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, but "it's not the same as getting in there and playing a full game and seeing living pitching," Teixeira said. "But at the same time, both teams are going through it."
In fact, that's one reason Teixeira, who played for the Angels in the postseason last year, was cheering for his former mate against the Red Sox.
"I'm actually glad that the Angels swpt as well. Just because they have the layoff too," he said. "If they would have finished up a day or two before the series, they'd probably have the momentum."
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Photo: Mark Teixeira. Credit: Jared Wickerham / Getty Images