6:07 PM ET, October 7, 2009
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- 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 on Wednesday night in the opener of their AL playoff series.
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CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez took an important first step in ridding themselves of the reputations that they can't perform in October, writes Jerry Crasnick. Story
• CC Sabathia is 3-3 in six career postseason starts. In eight starts vs. the Twins overall since 2007, he is 7-1.
• Brian Duensing lost his first career postseason start.
• The Twins have not won playoff series since advancing to ALCS in 2002.
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Matsui has seven postseason homers. He hit 13 off left-handers during the regular season, tied for big league lead among left-handed batters. ... Phil Hughes followed Sabathia and struck out Cabrera in a 10-pitch at-bat. Mariano Rivera, New York's fourth reliever, struck out two in the ninth.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 07: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees warms up at batting practice prior to Game One of...(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
|3rd||M Cuddyer singled to right, O Cabrera scored, J Mauer to third.||1||0|
|3rd||J Mauer scored, M Cuddyer to second on passed ball by J Posada.||2||0|
|3rd||D Jeter homered to left, M Cabrera scored.||2||2|
|4th||N Swisher doubled to left, R Cano scored.||2||3|
|5th||A Rodriguez singled to left center, D Jeter scored.||2||4|
|5th||H Matsui homered to center, A Rodriguez scored.||2||6|
|7th||A Rodriguez singled to deep right, D Jeter scored.||2||7|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||49,464 (98.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||62 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Tschida, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Paul Emmel|
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