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That's More Like It

Okay, time to shake off game one. Yes, it hurts and the Rangers should have won and they'd be in control of this series, but it's time to just look at that as a loss and not think about "what if."

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Splitting the home games to start is exactly what we probably should have expected coming in to this series. This series is back to being every bit the toss-up it seemed like coming in, and may even favor Texas. This is now, essentially a five game series. And while the Rangers don't have homefield advantage, they do have Cliff Lee pitching twice and the Yankees only have CC Sabathia once (or twice on short rest which I think would be even better).

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And, hey, if you remove that one inning -- that was not devoid of flukes -- the Rangers are dominating this series, otherwise. That's not to say there aren't causes for concern, but in our two game sample the Rangers look like clearly the superior team. If only they could get rid of Robinson Cano. . .

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Getting the first home playoff victory feels nice. Getting to watch Lincecum vs. Halladay without bitter feelings feels nice. Not having to dwell on what's gone wrong in this series on the off-day feels nice.

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Go do your thing, Cliff Lee. Someone else will probably take care of the rest in the mean time.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.