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Lee records 13 Ks in Rangers win in New York
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Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton hits a two run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte in the first inning of Game 3 of baseballs American League Championship Series Monday, in New York. - photo by AP Photo

New York 6, Texas 5
Texas 7, New York 2, series tied 1-1
Texas (Lee 12-9) at New York (Pettitte 11-3)
Texas (Hunter 13-4) at New York (Burnett 10-15), 7:07 p.m.
Texas at New York, 3:07 p.m.
New York at Texas, 7:07 p.m., if necessary
New York at Texas, 7:07 p.m., if necessary

San Francisco 4, Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia 6, San Francisco 1, series tied 1-1
Philadelphia (Hamels 12-11) at San Francisco (Cain 13-11), 3:19 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Francisco, 6:57 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Francisco, 6:57 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 2:57 p.m. or 6:57 p.m., if necessary
Sunday, Oct. 24
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 6:57 p.m., if necessary
World Series starts Wednesday, Oct. 27

NEW YORK (AP) — Cliff Lee went through the New York Yankees like a buzzsaw again, striking out 13 and pitching the Texas Rangers to an 8-0 victory Monday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven AL championship series.
Josh Hamilton hit an early two-run homer off Andy Pettitte and started a six-run outburst in the ninth with a leadoff double. Lee allowed only two singles in eight innings and became the first pitcher to reach double digits in strikeouts three times in one postseason.
Mr. Automatic improved to 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight postseason starts. Three of those wins have come against the power-packed Yankees, including two in last year’s World Series for Philadelphia.
New York won the other four games to take home its 27th championship, but now faces a tall task if it plans to repeat. The Yankees must win three straight against the resilient Rangers to advance without facing Lee in a decisive Game 7 at Texas.
Game 4 is Tuesday night and the Yankees say they will start struggling right-hander A.J. Burnett, who hasn’t pitched since Oct. 2. Tommy Hunter goes for Texas in his first career start at Yankee Stadium.
Pettitte, the ol’ pro seeking his 20th postseason win, did his best to match Lee. But the longtime New York left-hander hung a first-inning breaking ball that Hamilton yanked over the short porch in right for his second homer of the series.
Texas broke it open in the ninth against an ineffective David Robertson, getting RBI singles from Nelson Cruz and Bengie Molina, plus a two-run single by Mitch Moreland.
Rangers closer Neftali Feliz flung his 100 mph fastball in the ninth and finished the two-hitter in front of a nearly empty ballpark, adding two strikeouts to increase Texas’ total to 15 — one shy of a postseason record for Yankees batters.
New York’s two hits matched a postseason low also set in Game 4 of the 1958 World Series and Game 3 of the 2001 division series.
Michael Young had three hits for the Rangers, who are 4-0 on the road in these playoffs. Texas won all three games at Tampa Bay in the first round, including a pair of masterful performances by Lee.
Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees fared no better. Cutters, curves, sliders — they couldn’t touch Lee, who pumps in one strike after another like a robot programmed to do so.
Lee was so dominant, New York hitters were left shaking their heads in the dugout or questioning calls by plate umpire Jim Reynolds.
Robinson Cano showed bunt, Brett Gardner tried another headfirst dive into first base. None of it worked.