BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Yankees Win ALCS Game 1

No one said beating the Yankees this postseason would be easy. The defending champions dug themselves out of a hole Friday night to take Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. After falling behind 5-1 over seven poor innings, the Yankees scored one run before coming to life in the eighth. They sent 10 batters to the plate to score five runs, taking a lead they would not relinquish. "Everybody just tried to have good at-bats, because you never know what can happen," said the Yankees’ Marcus Thames, who had the game-winning hit. "I heard a couple of guys say, 'We stole one tonight.' It was huge." Game 2 will take place Saturday afternoon, as Phil Hughes takes the mound against the Rangers’ Colby Lewis.