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THE POSTGAME SHOW: Two big plays

Kerry Wood #39 of the New York

Kerry Wood #39 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Getty

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Two big plays that might go overlooked from the Yankees' 6-5 Game 1 win over the Rangers:

-- CC Sabathia got the final out of the Rangers' three-run first inning on a play at the plate with the bases loaded.

Jorge Cantu was batting when Sabathia threw a pitch off Jorge Posada's glove that went to the backstop. Luckily for the Yankees, the ball bounced right back to Posada.

Nelson Cruz tried to score from third, but Posada's flip to a diving Sabathia got the out call from plate umpire Gerry Davis.

It was not an easy call for Davis, but he made the right one. Sabathia tagged Cruz's arm just before he slid across the plate.

-- Kerry Wood picked Ian Kinsler off first base with none out in the eighth inning.

What in the world was Kinsler thinking? I'd have to admit I don't know because I didn't go into the Rangers clubhouse after the game.

After the Yankees took a 6-5 lead in the eighth, Kinsler led off the bottom of the eighth with a four-pitch walk off Wood. Not good.

But Kinsler started for second and Wood threw to first. Kinsler was erased in the ensuing 1-3-6 rundown. Officially it's a caught stealing, which is one of the dumbest rules in baseball scorig, so we shall ignore it, and call it what it was:

A pickoff. And a very big play.

 

 

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