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NEW YORK (AP) — First things first for the Yankees. Why worry about Cliff Lee when you can fret over the Texas Rangers' opening pitcher?
"Let's think about C.J. Wilson first," catcher Jorge Posada said Wednesday. "We've go to concentrate on Game 1. We can't go ahead and think about Game 3."
Cliff Lee has resembled a combination of Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Jack Morris the last two Octobers, going 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA and three complete games in seven career postseason starts. He's struck out 54 and walked six in 56 1-3 innings.
During the first round series against Tampa Bay, Lee had a MLB 2K10-like 21 strikeouts and no walks in 16 innings.
While Lee started twice against the Rays, Wilson pitched 6 1-3 shutout innings in his one start. Texas had a 2.40 ERA in the five-game series.
"Their pitching is very good, very solid," first baseman Mark Teixeira said as he thought about Friday's AL championship series opener. "And if we pitch the way we're capable of and they pitch the way they're capable of, there may not be a lot of runs scored."
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