New York Yankees defeat Los Angeles Angels, 5-2

The Yankees will have a chance to end the decade the same way they started it - as World Series champions.

Andy Pettitte pitched the Bombers to a 5-2 win over the Angels Sunday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, clinching the 40th pennant in Yankees history and a showdown with the Phillies in the World Series.

"This is what you play for, a chance to get back to the World Series," Derek Jeter said. "It feels good to get back. I'm real proud of...

Mariano Rivera experienced the familiar and the unfamiliar Sunday night, giving up a run in his two innings of work, but closed out the Yankees' 5-2 victory over the Angels to set off a pennant celebration in the Bronx.

It's the 14th time he's been on the mound to seal a playoff series victory.

After he struck out pinch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr. to end the game, Rivera grinned and held up a clenched fist as he slowly walked toward catcher Jorge Posada. The two embrace...