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Rookie steps up, delivers Angels to ALCS

With the Angels' season on the line, rookie Ervin Santana delivered an incredible performance to eliminate the Yankees in Game 5, writes Jim Caple.

Originally Published: October 10, 2005
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels have flown almost 5,000 miles in two days and boy, are their arms tired. Not that they had any trouble raising them to pour champagne in their clubhouse Monday night.

Sure, they don't know whether their Cy Young candidate will be able to pitch again this year. Sure, they don't know whether their only left-handed pitcher will be healthy enough to pitch this week. Sure, they'll begin the American League Championship Series in their third time zone in three days ...

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