New York Yankees defeat Texas Rangers, 6-5

It seemed like mop-up duty at the time, but appearances Friday night by two guys who didn't even pitch in the first round proved to be some of the most important Yankee pitching in the playoffs this October.

Dustin Moseley threw two scoreless innings and Joba Chamberlain threw one, giving the Yankees the chance to rally after CC Sabathia's poor start. In all, the Yankee bullpen threw five scoreless innings; Mariano Rivera allowed the only hit, a ninth-inning single by M...

ARLINGTON - This is what separates the Yankees from almost everybody else. They own the late innings, when it counts most, because they get into a bullpen like that of the Rangers and impose their will on nervous relievers who mostly don't have a prayer against the best lineup in baseball.

Not only did they lead the majors with 48 comeback victories this season, but remarkably they have now rallied in 10 of their 15 postseason victories these last two seasons.

But ev...

ARLINGTON - Before the first pitch of Friday night's game, the sellout crowd at Rangers Ballpark waved white towels in a show of support for the home team.

By the time the Yankees were done batting around in the eighth, those fans may as well have been waving them as a sign of surrender.

Following seven sluggish innings that made it feel like September all over again, the Yankees erupted for five runs in the eighth, stealing a 6-5 win from the Rangers in the opening ...