World Series Game 6: Yankees vs. Phillies

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The New York Yankees are back at home and can close out their 27th World Series title behind Andy Pettitte. The Bronx Bombers have won 37 of 46 matches at the new Yankee Stadium since the All-Star break, but they face significant challenges tonight.

Six years have passed since the Fall Classic reached a Game 6, and the Philadelphia Phillies are the eighth team to fend off elimination by winning Game 5 at home. The last to do it was the 1995 Cleveland Indians, against the Atlanta Braves.

So far this has been a Series dominated by starting pitching. CC Sabathia was good, but Cliff Lee was far better in Game 1. A.J. Burnett was awesome Thursday night, but Pedro Martinez wasn’t far behind.

Pettitte, 37, is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three postseason starts, two of them coming on the road. The only problem for the Yankees is that Martinez, who’s on a full four days rest, is taking the mound for the Phillies looking for his own victorious final turn. This will be the sixth time the 38-year-old is pitching in a postseason game in which a defeat would send his team home for an “early Christmas.”

Though the matchup between Martinez and Pettitte is interesting, the game could well be determined by the bullpens.

Yankees capture their 27th World Series Title

UPDATE: By polishing off the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 Wednesday night, the New York Yankees won the 2009 World Series four games to two.

Hideki Matsui was awarded World Series MVP honors for his impressive performance, which included a two-run homer off Pedro Martinez that set an early tone for Joe Girardi’s side.

New Yorkers will celebrate the Bronx Bombers’ victory with a parade on Friday, following the traditional route up Broadway.