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C.C. Sabathia CG Leads Yankees In Game 5 – NYY 3, BAL 1

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees reacts after getting out of the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 12, 2012 in New York, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Joe Girardi showed a lot of confidence in his ace in Game 5.

C.C. Sabathia cruised through seven inning but yielded a run in the eighth before stumbling into a bases loaded, one-out jam. The Yankees’ ace struck out Nate McLouth, then got a ground out from Game 4 hero J.J. Hardy, en route to a complete game 3-1 victory leading the Yankees to a 3-2 series win and a spot in the ALCS.

McLouth nearly homed in his previous at-bat as the ball just missed the right-field foul pole.

Mark Teixeira’s calf didn’t appear to bother him all that much on Friday, stealing a base in the in the fifth and scoring from second on a Raul Ibanez single.

New York got its second run in the following inning on an Ichiro Suzuki double off-the-wall that scored Derek Jeter from first. Curtis Granderson shook off his slump in the seventh with an arching blast down the right-field line that landed in the second deck to make it 3-0.

Baltimore’s Jason Hammel started the game with four hitless innings, before Teixeira’s single in the fifth. Hammel (0-1) left after 5 2/3 innings, having allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.

Sabathia (2-0) ended with nine K’s against four hits, two walk and a run.

The Yankees won’t have long to celebrate their ALDS win. The pinstripes with host the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: The New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 3-1 to win Game Five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 12, 2012 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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