Friday, October 15, 2010

Yankees comeback KOs Rangers

The New York Yankees dealt a crushing blow to the Texas Rangers, pummeling their bullpen en route to a miracle comeback that put the Bronx Bombers up 1-0 in the American League Championship Series.

The Yankees looked lifeless during the first seven innings, the only bright spot being Robinson Cano's foul-pole hugger blast to put the team on the scoreboard. But the Yankees survived a bad outing by their ace CC Sabathia in a comeback instigated by the pure hustle of the feisty Brett Gardner and helped by the wildness of the Ranger relievers. I bet that's not what Nolan Ryan, new owner of the Rangers, had in mind after their thrilling defeat against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The importance of Game 1 can not be overstated for the Yankees. They needed to win a game started by their big guy because the back of their rotation (AJ Burnett) can't be trusted. Now with the momentum from a thrilling comeback, they give the ball next to Phil Hughes, whose poise belied his age in Game 3 of the division series against the Minnesota Twins.

If the Yankees can win behind young Mr. Hughes, you have to love their chances with Mr. Postseason himself Andy Pettitte on the mound, even facing Cliff Lee. For the Yankees, that would be the best scenario in their quest for another world championship title.

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