Yankees over Twins (3-1)
CC Sabathia is roughed up in game one for six runs in just five innings, but the potent Yankee offense batters a mediocre Ranger bullpen to muster a 10-9 win.
The Twins were able to scrap together a 2-1 win back home in Minnesota, but the Yankees proved to be too powerful to overcome. In the Metrodome's final game, the visiting Yanks celebrated their trip to ALCS on the green turf.
Red Sox over Rangers (3-2)
The series saw swings of momentum, late-inning heroics, and a veteran Red Sox club finally eliminating the Texas Rangers.
In a classic game five battle at Fenway, the Red Sox edge the Rangers in 11 innings to advance. Jonathon Papelbon comes on in the top of the ninth to preserve a 4-4 tie and continues to pitch the 10th and 11th to earn a gutty victory.
Dodgers over Braves (3-0)
The Dodgers slam former team mate Derek Lowe in Game One with a 10-2 win. Joe Torre decides to pitch young Clayton Kershaw in Game Two because of his dominance at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw throws eight shutout innings while fanning 10.
The Braves saw few bright spots as their unexpected regular season run ended with big disappointment in October.
Phillies over Cardinals (3-0)
Another uneventful NL series sees the Phillies slug their way into the NLCS. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, and Chase Utley combine for 10 home runs en route to the three-game sweep.
The Cardinals pitching staff didn't have an answer for the trio and couldn't keep their offense in games.