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October 20, 2010

Game 5 pregame notes

The Yankees had a postgame meeting after Game 4. Only manager Joe Girardi spoke, according to closer Mariano Rivera. The message was something along the lines of "win Game 5 and the rest will take care of itself." Girardi said this morning that Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera will be available for more than an inning today if necessary as the Yankees try to extend their season to a sixth game of the ALCS.

Rangers manager Ron Washington had no problems with the umpires' decision not to review Robinson Cano's homer in the second inning , a play in which fans interfered with Nelson Cruz as the jumped to try to catch the ball. But because the ball was clearly over the fence, Washington didn't sweat the ruling. The MLB rulebook states that players, or their body parts, enter the stands at their own risk.

The loss of Mark Teixeira is significant, Washington said, though he declined to discuss how it might affect the Yankees. "That's their business," he said. "Of course, it's an impact. That's a big bat. That's a run-producing bat." An MRI reveals that Teixeira, who started his career with the Rangers, has a Grade 2 strain. He has been replaced on the Yankees' roster by Eduardo Nunez, and Lance Berkman will play first base.

-- Jeff Wilson



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