Yankees beat Rangers 7-2, close to 3-2 in ALCS

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NEW YORK (AP) - Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit consecutive
homers to build an early cushion, CC Sabathia made the lead stand
up and the New York Yankees avoided elimination, beating the Texas
Rangers 7-2 Wednesday and closing within 3-2 in the AL championship

Sabathia bounced back from an erratic opener, staying away from
too much trouble against Josh Hamilton and Texas' big bats. Rangers
slugger Nelson Cruz made an early exit with hamstring trouble, a
day after Yankees star Mark Teixeira was lost for the postseason
with a hamstring injury.

Now the teams will return to Texas to decide the best-of-seven
series. When they resume Friday night, Phil Hughes starts for the
defending World Series champion Yankees against Colby Lewis in a
rematch of Game 2, won by Texas 7-2.

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