Updated 10/21/2010 05:42 PM
Yanks Live To See Another Game In ALCS
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The New York Yankees still have a shot at the pennant after Wednesday night's 7-2 win against the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
The Bombers jumped out to an early 5-0 lead thanks in part to back-to-back home runs by Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano in the third inning.
CC Sabathia allowed two runs in six innings to get the win.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Sabathia said he felt a lot better out there in Game 5 after struggling in Game 1.
"I think I was just trying to battle," Sabathia said. "I felt a lot sharper today than I did in game one. I was able to make some pitches when I got in trouble. In game one I really had no clue, like I said I didn't know that I needed to make adjustments on a day like that, but I was able to make some adjustments tonight, and make some pitches when I needed to."
"We have not played extremely well in this series to say the least. And there was determination that we were gonna go out and play our game today. I saw that. I saw it during BP, the mood during BP, was very businesslike, and we knew what we had to do, and the guys went out and did it," said Yankees Manager Joe Girardi.
The defending World Series champions are still trailing the series 3-2.
While many Yankee fans remain hopeful the team can make it in Texas, others say the odds may not be in their favor.
"We are going to win, we won tonight and we are going to keep winning and there you go," said one fan.
"Hey, for the Yanks to win two in a row -- a piece of cake. We can do that in our sleep," said another.
"I think it is going to go seven, but Texas has the advantage. Sorry to say," said a third.
Meanwhile, the team will be heading back to the Lone Star State without one of their key players.
First baseman Mark Teixeira is out for the postseason after straining his right hamstring while running out a grounder in Game 4. His roster spot is being taken by Eduardo Nunez.
Lance Berkman is taking over at first base, and Cano has moved up to bat third.
Game 6 will take place in Texas Friday night with Phil Hughes scheduled to pitch against Colby Lewis.
If there's a game seven, it will be Cliff Lee versus Andy Pettitte on Saturday night. Lee struck out 13 Yankees in Monday's third game of the series.