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ALCS Game 5, 'Kudos & Wet Willies'

Our New York Yankees are still alive! That is all we hoped for this morning, and the Yankees made it happen Wednesday by taking care of business in Game 5 of the ALCS with a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Let's review in 'Kudos & Wet Willies' fashion.

Kudos to ...

  • CC Sabathia: The big lefty did not have great stuff, as evidenced by the 11 hits he surrendered in six innings. He battled, though, and did not let Texas get close after the Yankee bats staked him to a 5-0 lead. It wasn't pretty, but give the big man credit.
  • Curtis Granderson: Three hits and two RBI for the Yankee center fielder. He helped the Yankees to a 3-0 lead with an RBI single in the second inning, and added insurance with an eighth-inning home run.
  • Jorge Posada: He got the Yankees what they absolutely had to have, driving in their first run to get them the lead in the second inning. Two hits on the day for Jorge.
  • Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano: Back-to-back home runs in the third inning to give Sabathia a 5-0 cushion. By the way, does anyone else think Cano belongs in No. 3 spot in the lineup next season when Mark Teixeira returns? I sure do.
  • Alex Rodriguez: Finally came up with an extra-base hit in the postseason, and made a nice defensive play late in the game. 
  • Kerry Wood: Two shutout innings for Wood, including a pickoff of Elvis Andrus at second base. Manager Joe Girardi went to Wood early, and the veteran righty gave the Yankees exactly what they needed.

Wet Willies to ...

Ahh, the heck with it. I'm just happy this morning that the Yankees are still playing. I am not handing out any. Add your own if you must.