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Game 5 is Yankees' for the taking

Nova and Grandy are in; Mo and CC are available; Verlander a non-factor Thursday

Updated: October 7, 2011, 8:26 AM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Nothing's perfect.

But the scenario for the New York Yankees -- in the fifth and deciding game of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium -- is as close as you can get to it.

In a winner-take-all game to advance to the AL Championship Series against the Texas Rangers, the Yankees have everything in place to win and get a rematch from last postseason:

• Their rookie pitching sensation, ...

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