October 20th, 2010
08:26 PM ET

Yankees avoid elimination in AL Championship Series

The defending World Series champion New York Yankees live to fight another day.

Facing elimination in their American League Championship Series today, they beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 at Yankee Stadium and now trail in the best-of-seven series three games to two.

The Yankees got home runs from Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, and their ace CC Sabathia picked up the victory despite allowing 11 hits over six innings.

The series returns to Texas for game 6 on Friday night and game 7, if necessary, on Saturday night. Both games will be televised on TBS.

The Rangers need one more win to get to the first World Series in the team's 38-year history in Texas, and history is on their side.

Only 10 teams have lost a best-of-seven series after winning three of the first four games.

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  1. daisy

    Pacoatemiami. You must be Canadian, because hating the yankees and cowboys is every true Americans favorite past time.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • AAMAN21

      Totally true Daisy, the only difference is Cowboy fans are good people. (I've been to Dallas and you can't help but like them. For the most part they are courteous and have integrity.) Yankee fans are arrogant a**holes. Eventually there will be a salary cap or the rest of the US will lose interest. And yeah the Yankees do have their 28 championships, everyone was bought and paid for. Not exactly a level playing field.

      October 21, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      to AAMAN21- Do any of you supposed baseball fans (yankee haters) even understand the profit sharing under the collective bargaining agreement? You all continue to talk of the yankees paying for teams, when in fact they keep teams afloat. Having an oral or written discussion with ignorance is no fun. Maybe you guys should go read the 241 page agreement and then we can talk about the business side that you all speak of. This is why we don't want you as fans!

      October 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bee

    WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THE YANKEES? THERE ARE TOO MANY WORDS. I WAS BORN LOVING THE YANKEES N WILL DIE LOVING THEM. I BELIEVE THEY WILL BECOME THE 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS. WHEN THEY AN AMAZING TEAM. NO OTHER TEAM HAS STRUGGLED AND COME BACK AS THE YANKEES. IF YOU ARE A YANKEE FAN LETS REJOICE, WE WILL WIN FOR GEORGE.

    October 21, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • LibshateUSA

      Struggled and come back... UHH, yeah, like the 2004 ALCS and the Red Sox down 3 games and won 4 straight for the greatest comeback in sports. which by the way, was the worst collapse by a team ever in Baseball – the Yankees choked. And as for Jeter, he had his little tissy fight with ARod and who was the leader of the club. Disrupted the harmony in the clubhouse for years.

      October 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RangerFan

    This morning on DallasMorningNews.com

    Aren't those Texas Rangers a thoughtful bunch?

    Sure, they could have rallied and beat the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.

    But, no, they would rather come home and finish them off in front of the home crowd.

    Like a cat bringing a lifeless lizard into the house, the Rangers are coming home to toy with the Yankees a little longer.

    And before the week is over, Rangers fans can finally say: We beat the Yankees!

    If you want to insert the word "hated" anywhere in that sentence, be my guest.

    I'll eventually get my mind around the surreal idea of World Series baseball in Arlington. But right now I just want to relish the prospect of a win over the smuggest bunch in baseball.

    And, no, I don't mean the Yankees. I'm talking about their fans.

    Forgive me if I vent my spleen a little bit today. But it has been a long time coming.

    For about 30 of the 38 years that the Rangers have been in Texas, I have been going to games. For almost the last 25 years I've had a share in season tickets.

    So that adds up to a lot of hours spent watching bad baseball. But that was OK. The beer was cold. The grass was green. And the "Strangers" were our lovable losers.

    If you start each season with no-to-low expectations, you're never disappointed too much.

    The hardest part of being a Rangers fan was putting up with the obnoxious Yankees fans who overtook the ballpark several times a season.

    There were games when I really think they outnumbered the Rangers fans. And that's hard to take.

    I know we have a lot of transplants living here. But there can't possibly be that many from New York.

    Clearly, a lot of those people in pinstripes were just jumping on board the Yankees juggernaut.

    In fact, can you really even call them "fans"? "Groupies" is more like it.

    Ooh, A-Rod. Say hi to Kate. Say hi to Cameron. Say hi to Madonna.

    Yech.

    And to think the Rangers are still paying Alex Rodriguez's dating-around money.

    Talk about shipping coal to Newcastle. Sending more money to the Yankees is really galling.

    When you root for the Yankees, that's really all you are cheering – piles of money.

    "Go, Payroll!"

    As always, the Yankees had the highest player payroll in baseball this year. Highest by far, in fact, at $206 million.

    The Rangers' meager payroll of $55 million is fourth from the bottom.

    Just the Yankees' two highest-paid players – Rodriguez and CC Sabathia – make more than all the Rangers players combined.

    Doesn't that make our wins even sweeter? Makes me start smiling all over again.

    But, hey, enough Yankee bashing. The real story is what our Rangers have accomplished.

    And there's so much to love about this team: Josh Hamilton's resurrection story, Michael Young's long years as a class act, Elvis Andrus' amazing grace, the silly fun of claws and antlers.

    And what sweet success for manager Ron Washington. I have really been rooting for him.

    Maybe it's my imagination, but as the team has improved, so has his syntax.

    But not too much, I hope.

    When the patience of Rangers fans is finally rewarded, I want Washington there to remind us:

    "That what baseball do."

    October 21, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      you are a joke. rangers were broke, mlb loaned them money. they defaulted on loans to ge capital and to former players. google mickey tettleton. Maybe if you got some more of your non'bandwagon ranger fans in the park, they would not be relying on the profit sharing of baseball to keep them afloat. Know your facts before you make dumb statements. Your team is good, they are hitting. It is why they play the games. Maybe Ron will snort the foul line if you guys do win, and josh can pour sprite on him.

      October 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not a bandwagon fan

      you are a true bandwagon Yankee fan aren't you? I've noticed when the Yankees start losing their fans start pointing out the 'wrongs' of the other teams. Ron snorted coke, so it's easy to assume that he'll snort the foul line, and of course Josh Hamilton is a bad person because he has struggled with addiction. Most Yankee fans are bandwagon fans. I personally don't get why anyone would love a team that isn't from their home state. I'm from Texas, obviously, and Texas Rangers are my team. I couldn't be prouder of them this year. They are proof that having fun while playing the game is what is all about. They have true talent and deserve this win.

      October 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      notabandwagon- I am from New York born and raised been going to games since I was a baby. I simply explained baseball and how the business side works. I took shots with a better gun, get over yourself glad to see the sun shining on you the dog's butt....

      October 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerFan

      Notice the only bully on this comment board is a born and raised New Yorker – Wow, go figure! Looks like someone has too much time on their hands reading about "facts" and "baseball business". Love how the Yanks fans get all riled up if you say one bad thing about their team. I'm at work so I don't have time to do all this googling that you would like everyone to do before they should be allowed to comment on a message board but I'm gonna go ahead and trust that the JOURNALIST who wrote that link on the Dallas Morning News website this morning probably did do a fact check before it was posted.

      ps pretty sure Jesus would not approve of you speaking so rudely to every Ranger fan on here – but what do I know – I'm born and raised TEXAN so I have manners

      October 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      RangerFan- I did not start one post, only replied in defense of the ignorance and lack of knowledge. I stated facts, I did not need to google them, I pay attention to baseball. I don't live in a glass house, I just have big rocks. So do you want to try and take up another page and a half with your grandstanding whilest I continue to smack you around?

      October 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      LIKE I SAID IN MY NAME-
      Jesus Montero
      New York Yankees #83 – Catcher
      Born: 1989/11/28 Age: 20
      Height: 6-4 Weight: 225
      Place of birth: Guacara, Venezuela
      Bats/Throws: R / R
      Seasons: 0

      October 21, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerFan

      Yes actually I would like to take up another page and half just to annoy you some more...hang on a sec and let me find another article that talks about how the Rangers will win tomorrow...

      October 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      Make sure it is not some biased article from some dallas parrot cage liner.

      October 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linda Padgett

    You have got to be kidding RangerFan, what professional team would lose a game to "toy". The Yankees want to win the game right in front Ranger Fans. We'll be taking home 28 while Rangers remain at 'ZERO'. The Yankees are highest paid because Steinbreiner gave 95% of the money BACK TO THE TEAM, while other mangers kept the money their team made. Get the facts.

    October 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      well said padgett!

      October 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • REALLY?

      It's true. Most of the money made by the Yankee Stadium went back to the Yankee payroll. However, merchandise went right to Steinbrenner's pockets. After all, you can't justify $1.2 billion on a team and stadium and income from those at $1.3 billion and think you are making money.

      October 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      REALLY? Wrong again, check your facts. Read the collective bargaining agreement. Yankee stadium was also subsidied by an increase in burrough sales taxes in NYC to supplement the cost. Do you people not have google or just think you are smart? I am thinking the former...

      October 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LuvMo

    Think – If you were the best at what you do and your company only paid you $100, and another company saw your value and offered you $200, would you stay where your at or move to the people who know your value.
    Think, maybe you can figure this one out.

    October 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dick Hertz

    Will it be tears coming from the Yankee's eyes or excess steroids?

    October 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RANGERS 4 LIFE!!!!

      haha

      October 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • YANKEEHATER

      the yanks are on steroids

      October 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LuvMo

    38 years – 11 Pennants – 7 world series – 4 million fans and 1 boss.
    How many fans follow your teams? Gez, give the guy a break – he has to make some money, managers of all other baseball teams took the payroll AND the merchandies. How much of your income would you give away?

    October 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      i bet the Rays fans whose kids go to George Steinbrenner School, loved that tax savings. He was a very silent donor to more charities (not just the poorly run baseball teams he always had to give money to) than you could mention.

      October 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LuvMo

    Absolutely right JESUSISAYANKEETOO – well said.

    October 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    I loved watching 3/4 of the stadium empty after they were down in the 8th...like everyone else has been saying, bandwagon fans.

    October 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RANGERS 4 LIFE!!!!

    Sorry Yankees but it's not your year. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NYYFan1

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvte1qOgKVY&w=640&h=390]

    October 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LuvMo

    Another good point JESUSISAYANKEETOO. Everyone picks on the Yankees because they are jealous and don't know the facts. None is so blind as those that will not see. Maybe Kerry Wood can pitch the whole game on Friday and we can keep those stealing-cheating-cowboys off the base.

    October 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUSISAYANKEETOO

      In the immortal words of I believe Danno from Dragnet "Just the facts mam!"

      October 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LuvMo

    Thank you NYYFan1 – THIS IS GR8

    October 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    how is the Ranger manager, the druggie doing.

    October 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • trixen

      How's Joe Girardi–the Yankee manager who touches other guys' asses in a Taco Bell commercial–doing?

      October 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • trixen

      No wonder Girardi likes baseball so much. He likes being around a bunch of sweaty young men in the locker room.

      October 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. trixen

    Yep, but y'all are coming back to our house now. IT'S ON!!!!! >;)

    October 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
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