Yankees Stay Alive
Facing elimination, the World Series Champion New York Yankees survived for another game with a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday. Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers in the third inning, and Curtis Granderson also went deep for New York, which salvaged its first victory at home in the series. Texas still leads the best-of-seven three games to two. Yankees starter CC Sabathia struggled, but managed to scatter 11 hits and two runs over six innings for the win. Granderson finished with three hits and two RBIs for the Yanks. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson was touched for six runs, including five earned, in just five innings to take the loss. Matt Treanor homered and drove in both runs for the Rangers, who lost outifielder Nelson Cruz to a leg injury in the fifth inning. The series now shifts back to Texas for Game Six on Friday night. The Yankees’ Phil Hughes is slated to oppose the Rangers’ Colby Lewis.