CC Sabathia pitches Yankees into ALCS with 3-1 win over Orioles in ALDS Game 5

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia is doused by teammate Ivan Nova, right, as they celebrate in the clubhouse after Game 5 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees won the game 3-1 and advanced to the AL championship. (Oct. 12, 2012) (Credit: AP )

On the eve of an ALDS Game 5 no one in the Yankees' universe wanted any part of, CC Sabathia exuded all the confidence you'd ask from an ace.

"It's go time,'' he said. "This is what you play for.''

And largely because of Sabathia, the Yankees will play on.

More than honoring his status as staff ace, the lefthander pitched the Yankees into the ALCS against Detroit with a dominating...

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