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Hot bats and CC? A winning recipe

Binders or no, nine good hitters and a healthy helping of Sabathia hits the spot

Updated: September 27, 2012, 9:09 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Yankees sent out a lineup no self-respecting Binder would have had anything to do with -- seven left-handed hitters, including five in a row stacked like hotcakes in the middle of the batting order -- and it went from unwieldy to absurd when the opposing starting pitcher, a righty, left the game after six batters with an itchy eyeball.

And yet, there are times when the secret to a victory isn't contained in any book, or formula or heat map or spray chart.

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