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Bats, not CC, on hook in Game 5

If you believe Sabathia is key to ALCS, well, you haven't been paying attention

Updated: October 12, 2012, 8:44 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

It's only right that CC Sabathia should take the burden of the New York Yankees' 2012 season, which now comes down to Game 23 between them and the Baltimore Orioles, and place it squarely on his own broad shoulders.

After all, as Joe Girardi has said after so many Sabathia starts over the past four seasons, that's what aces do.

"It's time to go," Sabathia said in the wee hours of Friday morning, after the Yankees had lost a 4 1/2-hour, 13-inning marathon 2-1 to reduce their season ...

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