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Damned Yankees

Groans Erik Boland of Newsday: "All the elements that put the Yankees in a three-games-to-one series hole materialized Friday night, ensuring they wouldn't be able to completely climb out of that hole. It was another night of ragged starting pitching, ineffective relief pitching and next to nothing on offense from baseball's highest-scoring team. "

Offers Kenneth Plutnicki of The New York Times: "The Yankees' only run, in the top of the fifth inning, should not have come when it did. Alex Rodriguez led off with a double and took third on Lance Berkman's long fly to center. He scored on a wild pitch. But replays showed that Nick Swisher was actually hit by the pitch -- it bounced in the dirt, hit his shin, changed direction, and scooted past catcher Bengie Molina. Swisher, who was also hit in Game 4 but was not awarded first base, continued to bat and grounded out to the pitcher. The next batter, Jorge Posada, doubled to right. The Yankees had only two base runners the rest of the way."

Recaps Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News: "ARLINGTON, Tex. - Joe Girardi won't have to change his uniform number next season. The Yankees' chase for a 28th World Series championship came to a crashing halt Friday night, as the Rangers sent them home for the winter with a 6-1 loss in Game 6 to wrap up the American League Championship Series, giving Texas its first pennant in franchise history."

Shrugs George King III of the New York Post: "Derek Jeter is expected to be a Yankee next year after doing the free agent tango. The way to bet is Mariano Rivera and Joe Girardi return to The Bronx. What the Yankees won't have back is the title of defending World Champions. The quest died Friday night at The Ballpark when the Rangers hung a 6-1 ALCS Game 6 loss on the Yankees in front of 51,404 to win the AL title four games to two."

In honor. That's the way sports cries go.

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