NEW YORK -- Chase Wright was answering a few final questions at his locker when Yankees pitching coach Ron Guidry walked over and handed him a souvenir.
"Here you go, kid. The lineup card -- from the manager," Guidry said.
With that, Wright plopped down in a chair and perused all his new mementos from his major league debut -- a ball, a scorecard, a cap.
"Awesome," he said. "Amazing."
Wright was an easy winner in his first big league outing thanks to Alex Rodriguez and the rest of New York's sluggers.
Rodriguez hit his major league-leading eighth home run, and Jorge Posada and Doug Mientkiewicz also connected in the second inning off Jake Westbrook to power New York past the Cleveland Indians, 10-3, last night.
But after the game, everyone was talking about Wright.
"He went after people. There was a lot of quality there," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He has a presence about him that makes you feel pretty comfortable."
Posada, who hit his 200th career homer, and Rodriguez each had three RBIs to help the Yankees get back to .500 (6-6) and take the opener of a three-game series. They bounced back from a stunning loss in Oakland Sunday, when closer Mariano Rivera gave up a game-ending homer to light-hitting Marco Scutaro.
Called up from Double-A Trenton to fill a spot in New York's injury-depleted rotation, Wright (1-0) showed impressive poise following a shaky start. Staked to an early 8-1 lead, the 24-year-old lefthander allowed three runs and five hits in five innings on a 48-degree night.
After pitching well in big league camp this spring, Wright threw 14 scoreless innings in two starts for Trenton, striking out 19 and walking one. He wasn't nearly as dominant against the Indians, but he was good enough. Brian Bruney, Mike Myers, and Chris Britton finished with four innings of perfect relief.
With Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, and Jeff Karstens all on the disabled list, Wright could get another start Sunday night at Boston.
"We'll see how we're lined up," Torre said. "But I certainly liked what we saw tonight. We'll make that decision later on."
Travis Hafner hit a solo homer for the Indians, his first at Yankee Stadium.
Westbrook (0-2) had one of the worst outings of his career -- four days after Cleveland announced his $33 million, three-year contract extension. The righthander allowed eight runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings, leaving him with a 12.08 ERA after three starts.
It was Westbrook's shortest outing not cut short by rain or an injury since his major league debut with the Yankees, when he also lasted 1 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox in 2000.