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ALCS Game Five quick hits

Jeter-ARod The Angels pulled out a wild 7-6 win Thursday in Game Five of the ALCS as both managers took turns having braincramps in the late going. So it's back to New York for Game Six on Saturday night. Uncluttering my brain:

---Think plate ump Fieldin Culbreth was a little relieved the Angels rallied? Dude would have been banned from Disneyland for life after that ball-four call on Jorge Posada set up the six-run seventh.

---Five straight ALCS losses for the Yankees with the chance to clinch a World Series berth. Ouch.

---The season is on the line and Mike Scioscia brings in Darren Oliver for John Lackey -- in what might be Lackey's last game in Anaheim prior to heading into free agency? "This one's mine" was a pretty tame response from Lackey in my opinion.

---I know Jered Weaver doesn't pitch in relief but he looked razor-sharp. I would have left him in rather than bringing in the shaky Brian Fuentes in the ninth, and Fuentes totally walked the tightrope before finally getting pathetic Nick Swisher to pop up.

---The Yankees take the lead with that six-run uprising and Joe Girardi leaves in A.J. Burnett after he sat for like a half-hour? Brutal.

---Joba and Hughes are struggling. Marte and no Coke? How about Robertson in this one? He's been hot. Girardi blew his bullpen for the third time in the last four games.

---I guess Burnett's first inning was Jorge Posada's fault too.

---Not a great night for Fox. Showing the drunk fan in the rock garden was silly and no camera shot of the postgame interview with Lackey. Oops.

---FYI, there's a 90 percent chance of rain Saturday night in New York.

---You know the Phillies are rooting hard for this baby to go seven.

---Mike Harrington


AP Photo: Jeter and A-Rod watch Game Five slip away in the ninth inning.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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