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CC, A-Rod take giant steps

Yankees pair begins process of vanquishing October demons with strong performances

Originally Published: October 7, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The Las Vegas oddsmakers love the Yankees this October because of the team's 103 regular-season victories and its smorgasbord of weapons. New York is a club without a glaring weakness, and that always bodes well when it takes 11 victories to win a championship.

So it hardly seems fair that the Yankees should christen the 2009 postseason against an exhausted, semi-hungover opponent missing some key components because of injury. As much as the Yankees respect the Twins and will ...

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