ALDS: Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees, Game 5 preview

With Alex Rodriguez watching from the sidelines, the battle of American League East foes comes down to a deciding game, because of course it does.

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  1. The basics

  2. ALDS Game 5: Friday, 5:07 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, New York
  3. TV: TBS (Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken, Jr., John Smoltz, and Craig Sager), MLB.TV (subscription required)
  4. Weather: Clear skies, with temperatures in the low 50s. A small chance of some passing showers.
  5. Pitching matchup: Orioles' Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43 ERA)  vs.Yankees'  CC Sabathia (15-6,  3.38 ERA)
  6. Odds: Yankees -199.
  7. Jason Hammel started Game 1 for the Orioles, and allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He only allowed one extra-base hit, a first-inning double to Ichiro Suzuki, which scored the Yankees' first run. 
  8. In his Game 1 start, Sabathia ran into trouble in the bottom of the third, when he allowed back-to-back singles to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Lew Ford singled in both runners to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. In 8 2/3 innings, Sabathia struck out seven, but allowed eight hits. 
  9. How they stack up

  10. History

  11. Facing elimination, the Orioles traded runs with the Yankees in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. It remained tied, 1-1 until the 13th, when the Orioles were able to scratch home a run to win Game 4 2-1.
  12. Get hyped!

  13. Keep in mind

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