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Yanks open with win

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Associated Press
October 8, 2009

Derek Jeter got a big hit, just as he did in Octobers past at the famed ballpark across the street. CC Sabathia joined in the postseason fun. Even Alex Rodriguez broke out of his playoff rut.


It was like old times in the first postseason game at the new Yankee Stadium, with New York beating these tired Minnesota Twins, 7-2, Wednesday night in the opener of their AL playoff series.


“It felt just like the old place,” Jeter said. “We couldn’t have drawn it up any better for us.”


After Jeter’s third-inning homer off loser Brian Duensing drew New York even at 2, Nick Swisher pulled a go-ahead double down the left-field line in the fourth that scored Robinson Cano from first as left fielder Delmon Young and shortstop Orlando Cabrera made a pair of poor throws.


Rodriguez had gone 0 for 29 in the postseason with runners on base dating to Game 4 of the 2004 AL championship series before chasing Duensing with an RBI single that made it 4-2 in the fifth.


From there the Yankees breezed to their first postseason win in exactly two years.


N.Y. YANKEES 7, MINNESOTA 2

Minnesota New York


ab r h bi ab r h bi


Span cf 5 0 2 0 Jeter ss 2 3 2 2


OCabrera ss 5 1 2 0 Damon lf 4 0 1 0


Mauer c 4 1 2 0 Teixeira 1b 4 0 0 0


Cuddyer 1b 4 0 1 1 Rodriguez 3b 4 1 2 2


Kubel rf 4 0 0 0 HMatsu dh 3 1 1 2


Young lf 4 0 0 0 Posada c 4 0 1 0


BHarris dh 4 0 1 0 Cano 2b 4 1 0 0


Tolbert 3b 3 0 0 0 Swisher rf 4 0 1 1


Punto 2b 3 0 2 0 Gardner cf 0 0 0 0


Carr cf-rf 4 1 1 0


Totals 36 2 10 1 Totals 33 7 9 7


Minnesota 002 000 000 — 2


New York 002 130 10x — 7


E—Cuddyer (1). DP—Minnesota 1, New York 1. LOB—Minnesota 9, New York 5. 2B—Span (1), Mauer (1), Swisher (1). HR—Jeter (1), H.Matsui (1). SB—O.Cabrera (1).


Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO


Duensing (L 0-1) 4-2/3 7 5 5 1 3


Liriano 2 1 2 1 1 1


Rauch 1/3 1 0 0 1 0


Mahay 1 0 0 0 0 1


New York IP H R ER BB SO


Sabathia (W 1-0) 6-2/3 8 2 1 0 8


P.Hughes 2/3 1 0 0 0 2


Coke 1/3 0 0 0 0 0


Chamberlain 1/3 0 0 0 0 0


Ma.Rivera 1 1 0 0 1 2


HBP—by Sabathia (Tolbert). WP—Duensing, Sabathia. PB—Posada 2.


Time—3:38. Attendance—49,464.


National League

-- Phillies 5, Rockies 1—Cliff Lee pitched like an ace instead of a postseason rookie.


Lee dominated the Colorado Rockies, tossing a six-hitter, and Philadelphia began their World Series title defense with a victory in their playoff opener against visiting Colorado.


Raul Ibanez had two hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth drove in runs with key extra-base hits off 15-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez.


Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out five and had no walks in his first career playoff start. He retired 16 straight batters at one point until Garrett Atkins hit a wind-blown double in the seventh. Lee lost his shutout when Troy Tulowitzki doubled in a run with two outs in the ninth.


PHILADELPHIA 5, COLORADO 1

Colorado Philadelphia


ab r h bi ab r h bi


Fowler cf 4 0 0 0 Rollins ss 4 0 1 0


Gonzalez lf 4 1 2 0 Victorino cf 4 0 1 0


Helton 1b 4 0 0 0 Utley 2b 4 1 1 0


Tulwitzki ss 4 0 2 1 Howard 1b 4 1 2 1


GAtkins 3b 4 0 1 0 Werth rf 3 2 2 1


Torrealba c 3 0 1 0 Ibanez lf 4 1 2 2


Hawpe rf 3 0 0 0 P.Feliz 3b 4 0 1 0


Barmes 2b 3 0 0 0 C.Ruiz c 3 0 1 1


Jimenez p 2 0 0 0 Cl.Lee p 2 0 1 0


Beimel p 0 0 0 0


Daley p 0 0 0 0


Morales p 0 0 0 0


Spilborghs ph 1 0 0 0


Marquis p 0 0 0 0


Totals 32 1 6 1 Totals 32 5 12 5


Colorado 000 000 001 — 1


Philadelphia 000 023 00x — 5


E—Hawpe (1). DP—Colorado 2, Philadelphia 1. LOB—Colorado 4, Philadelphia 6. 2B—Tulowitzki (1), G.Atkins (1), Torrealba (1), Victorino (1), Howard (1), Ibanez (1). 3B—Werth (1). SB—Victorino (1), Utley (1), Cl.Lee (1). CS—Howard (1). S—Cl.Lee.


Colorado IP H R ER BB SO


Jimenez (L 0-1) 5 9 5 5 1 4


Beimel 0 1 0 0 0 0


Daley 1 1 0 0 1 0


F.Morales 1 0 0 0 0 0


Marquis 1 1 0 0 0 0


Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO


Cl.Lee (W 1-0) 9 6 1 1 0 5


Jimenez pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.


Beimel pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.


Daley pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.


WP—Daley, Cl.Lee.


Time—2:48. Attendance—46,452.



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