Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia got the New York Yankees win number one on the way to the 27th World Series title. Jeter tied it with a two-run homer, Sabathia was the ace the Yankees signed him to be, and New York romped over the Twins 7-2 in the opener of their AL playoff series.
After Jeter’s third-inning homer pulled New York even at 2-2, Nick Swisher pulled a go-ahead double down the left-field line in the fourth that scored Robinson Cano from first.
Rodriguez had gone 0-for-29 in the postseason with RISP before an RBI single that made it 4-2 in the fifth.
Hideki Matsui followed with a two-run homer into Monument Park.
With a hit to the outfield wall, Rodriguez added another run-scoring single in the seventh.
It was fitting that Jeter hit the first home run in the Yankees’ postseason. The captain also got New York’s first hit, was on base four times with two hits and two walks, and scored three runs.
Sabathia allowed one earned run and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight and walking none.
Phil Hughes came in and struck out Orlando Cabrera in a 10-pitch at-bat.
Sabathia escaped trouble in the first after Denard Span’s leadoff double and the first of Jorge Posada’s two passed balls by striking out Joe Mauer and retiring Cuddyer on a flyout.
Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the third when Cabrera singled with two outs, Mauer doubled, Cuddyer hit an RBI single and Posada crossed up with Sabathia and allowed a run-scoring passed ball.
Jeter tied the score with a drive about 10 feet fair down the left-field line. With his 18th postseason home run, he tied Yankees stars Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson for third on the career list behind Manny Ramirez (28) and Bernie Williams (22).