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BAD CALL: UMPS STRIKE AGAIN

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Uh, oh.

There was another missed call - this time in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

Umpire Dale Scott ruled that the Yankees' Johnny Damon was out on a grounder to Angels 1B Kendry Morales in the third inning Thursday. TV replays showed Damon was safe on Morales' toss to RHP John Lackey covering the bag.

Damon was frustrated after Scott's missed call, and Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira and manager Joe Girardi protested.

Umpires have made several mistakes in the first two rounds of the postseason. Scott also made an errant ruling in Game 4 on a pickoff play.

Rough outing: Yankees RHP A.J. Burnett got off to a shaky start in his third playoff game, and his final inning wasn't pretty. The postseason rookie gave up four runs in the first and couldn't hold the lead when he started the seventh, allowing the Angels to rally from a 6-4 deficit.

Record streak: Angels C Jeff Mathis, the hero in Game 3 with an 11th-inning RBI double, set a team playoff record with hits in six straight at-bats. He had a single in the second inning, a double in the fifth and a single in the seventh.

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