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Hey, Cliff Lee: Can't beat 'em? Join 'em

By refusing to lose to him, Yankees make perfect recruiting pitch to All-Star left-hander

Updated: August 12, 2010, 2:50 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When it comes time for him to sign his big free-agent contract this winter, if Cliff Lee harbors any lingering doubts about his ability to succeed in New York, a game like Wednesday night's Cliff-hanger between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers should lay all those doubts to rest.

Over the course of nine tumultuous innings that took nearly four hours to play, the Yankees showed Lee and his teammates that, to paraphrase the guy in the song, if you can't ...

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