ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels walked off the field
following their regular-season finale to chants of "Beat New York!
Beat New York!''
Heading to their first postseason game in 16 years, they beat
Seattle 7-6 on Sunday before a festive sellout crowd of 42,878 mostly
clad in Angels' red.
Watching the end of the best regular season in Angels' history,
fans gave standing ovations to virtually every move Anaheim players
made, and began their "Beat New York!'' chorus as the game ended.
Troy Glaus hit a grand slam in the first inning for the Angels,
who built a 6-0 lead then held on for their 99th win.
Aaron Sele came off the disabled list and, although he's not on
the roster for the opening playoff series, would be available if
Anaheim advances to the AL championship series. Mark Lukasiewicz
(2-0) pitched one inning for the win.
The Angels, who finished four games behind Oakland in the AL
West but won the wild card, play the Yankees in New York on Tuesday
and Wednesday. The series resumes with Game 3 on Friday at Anaheim.
"You can take the regular season, all the statistics, crumple
all that up and throw it in the waste basket,'' Anaheim manager
Mike Scioscia said. "Now we're bringing our best game to New York,
and I'm sure the Yankees will be bringing theirs.''
"It doesn't get any better than that,'' he said. "I can't
The Angels, who clinched the wild card and eliminated Seattle on
Thursday, started their usual lineup Sunday after resting most of
the regulars the previous two days.
"This weekend's been fun for all of us,'' Scioscia said after
the Angels won two of the final three. "It's been a grind all
season, and I think some of our guys needed to be able to step back
and catch their breath. Now I think we're where we should be.''
Seattle, which won an AL-record 116 games and the West title
last year, finished this season with 93 victories, third in the
division behind Oakland and Anaheim.
"We've been used to going to the postseason the past few years,
so this time of year we're used to going to the next town,''
Seattle manager Lou Piniella said. "Ninety-three wins is usually
good enough for the playoffs.
"But not this year. It's an empty feeling now.''
Glaus' second career grand slam came with one out against Ismael
Valdes (8-12). The shot over the fence in center was Glaus'
team-high 30th of the season.
Brad Fullmer also homered, leading off the fifth against Valdes.
It was Fullmer's 19th home run.
Sele had gone on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his
right rotator cuff on Aug. 21.
Brendan Donnelly, the Angels' 31-year-old rookie, pitched the
ninth to earn his first save.
Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia had expected Sele might pitch
for three innings or so. Since he kept his pitch count relatively
low, Sele got to go longer. ... The Mariners went 38-36 after the
All-Star break. ... Although they finished behind the Angels, the
Mariners went 10-9 against them. ... Seattle became the first team
since the 1986-87-88 New York Mets to win 300 games in a three-year
stretch. The Mariners won 91 games in 2000, 116 last year and 93
this year. ... Seattle CF Ichiro Suzuki finished his first two
major league seasons with more hits -- 450 -- than any other player
in history. ... Glaus tied a career high with 111 RBI, and
Anderson tied a career high with 123. ... Davis was the first
Seattle pinch-hitter to homer since Sept. 25 of last year. ... The
Angels home attendance was 2,305,565 for the season, an increase of
304,646 over last year.