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Yankees on the brink; what they're saying

Brett Gardner, whose two-run double in the seventh tied things, for the moment, at 4-4: "It's tough. Tomorrow we have to play the game like it's our last." 

Alex Rodriguez on the team's position: "That's baseball. The road to a championship's never easy and that team's a good team over there." 

Mark Teixeira on confidence in Burnett taking the mound: "We have a lot of confidence in A.J. He's pitched in some big games in the postseason for us. And the fact is, you win and lose as a team. We're going to be out there supporting him on defense, we're going to try and score some runs for him. It's going to be a team effort and we look forward to it...the weight of the world isn't on his shoulders, it's on our shoulders. It's a team game."

Gardner on being down 2-1: "Tomorrow we have to win. We have to win two in a row. We've won two in a row a lot this year. It's not the position we want to be in but we are." 

*** CC Sabathia walked six, the most walks he's had all season and most allowed by a Yankee in the postseason since Orlando Hernandez walked that many in Game 1 of the ALCS in 1999.

"I actually thought he made a lot of good pitches tonight and I thought the zone was a small zone tonight," Joe Girardi said. "No disrespect to anyone, but that's what I thought." 

Sabathia didn't blame plate umpire Gerry Davis: "I'm not going to sit here and say it was the umpire's fault. I just didn't make pitches when I had to...it's my fault."

Russell Martin said he thought the strike zone was "a little bit tight" but wasn't scapegoating Davis either.

"He stayed consistent," Martin said. "That's what you ask for in an umpire."

*** Tigers manager Jim Leyland on his team's position: "We got two and they got one, that's all it means. Certainly that team is capable of rattling off a bunch in a row, obviously two or more, without question. It's a great team. We put ourselves certainly in a decent position. But that's all we've done. This is a five-game series...Believe me, it's a terrific team we're playing and we think we're a very good team. We think it's certainly a good series, and it's going to continue to be a good series, and they're not going to go away. Trust me, they're not going to go away. We've put ourselves in a decent position, but we still got more to accomplish. So this is a long way from being over."

 

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