New York Yankees defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5

PHILADELPHIA - Welcome back to the lineup, Nick Swisher.

And welcome, finally, to the 2009 postseason.

After he was benched in Game 2 of the World Series with a meek .114 batting average during his first October in pinstripes, Swisher was reinserted Saturday night and contributed a double and a solo home run in four at-bats in the Yankees' 8-5 victory over the Phillies.

The night actually began inauspiciously for Swisher, who pulled up at the right-field wall and tur...

PHILADELPHIA - Just call them the Broad Street Bombers.

The Yankees invaded the hostile environment of Citizens Bank Park and took back home-field advantage in the World Series, handing the Phillies an 8-5 loss in Game 3 last night to leave them two wins from their first championship since 2000.

Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui all homered for the Yankees, although it took an instant-replay reversal for A-Rod's shot to count.

Andy Pettitte delivered ...

PHILADELPHIA - Cole Hamels earned the MVP award in last year's World Series, capping a postseason in which he went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts.

It's safe to say the Phillies lefthander won't be the first back-to-back MVP winner in major-league history. Or the first player to amass more than one MVP award in his career since Reggie Jackson in 1973 and '77.

For the second straight postseason start, Hamels was knocked out with one out in the fifth inning.

Afte...

PHILADELPHIA - Cameraman Matthew McGahan was working last night's Game 3 of the World Series in right field, his camera hugging the right-field pole and stationed right on top of the outfield fence, where he was in perfect position to view Alex Rodriguez's fourth-inning screamer down the line.

McGahan took a direct hit - and a place in history. A-Rod's line drive drilled McGahan's camera lens and bounced onto the field, where right fielder Jayson Werth fired the ball ba...

PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies had Andy Pettitte and the Yankees in serious trouble in the second inning. Two runs were in and there was only one out. The bases were full.

Then Shane Victorino let the Bombers' lefthander off the hook. Looking back on the 8-5 Game 3 loss, it was a significant moment.

On the surface the second at-bat by the Phillies' center fielder would be viewed as productive. It ended with him hitting a sacrifice fly to left field that made the score 3...

PHILADELPHIA - Alex Rodriguez never met a headline he couldn't enlarge.

So there he was in the fourth inning, the Yanks reeling from a three-run deficit, the Philly fans chanting at him about steroids, and all Rodriguez did was slam a two-run homer off Cole Hamels to revive the Bronx zombies and lead them back to an 8-5 victory in Game 3 Saturday night.

He didn't just hit a homer, of course. That would have been too conventional. A-Rod smacked the ball into an overha...

PHILADELPHIA - Before Saturday night, Andy Pettitte's most famous moment with a bat might have been when he hurt his elbow on a checked swing as an Astro. But that all changed in the fifth inning Saturday night, when he lofted an RBI single into left-center to tie it at 3-3.

Pettitte's single off Cole Hamels was his second World Series hit (the other was in the fifth inning of Game 6 in 2001) and the first World Series RBI for a Yankee pitcher since Jim Bouton knocked i...