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Yankees 8, White Sox 5: The Cyclical Season

The Yanks avoided the sweep with the kind of win that could get them rolling in the right direction again.

Sabathia wasn't great, but he was good enough for a win.

Sabathia was backed by a cycle from the Melk Man, who scored 3 times and drove in 3 other Yankee runs.  Although Melky's triple probably should have been fielded more cleanly, if not caught, he deserves the championship belt.  He joins some elite company: the previous Yankee cycles belonged to Tony Fernandez, Bobby Murcer, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Joe Gordon.  

Sabathia is as much the hero for me, because after an awful 3rd inning, he dug deep and shut down the ChiSox for the next 4 innings.

Hughes came in and struck out a pair before giving way to the Great One.  Hughes didn't look great, but he looked pretty good, and he got the job done.  Mo pitched his 8th multi-inning save of the season.

It was a must win because even though the Red Sox didn't look pretty today, they beat the Orioles.

On a lighter note, how about that Cody Ransom?  Wasn't he a great pinch runner?  He's probably the best 25th man in baseball, don't you think?