Path to the ALDS: New York (95-67) won the AL East by two games; Baltimore (93-69) beat Texas, 5-1, in the AL Wild Card Game
This series pitting two division rivals went back and forth the entire five games, with New York clinching Game 5 on the back of lefty CC Sabathia, who won two games in the series.
Sabathia went 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 17 2/3 innings of work, with Phil Hughes and Hiroki Kuroda also turning in strong starts for the Yankees. Derek Jeter had eight hits for the Yankees, while Nate McLouth had seven for Baltimore.
Raul Ibanez was an unlikely hero for New York in Game 3, belting two home runs, including the walk-off winner, in New York's 3-2 12-inning victory.