(9:45, Game Over, Yankees 7, Twins 2)
Mariano Rivera retired the Twins in the ninth ( a walk, single and two strikeouts) as the Twins went down easily in this one. The Yankees lead the ALDS 1-0 as a result of a fairly easy win here at Yankee Stadium before 49,464. CC Sabathia got the win going 6-2/3 innings, eight hits, one earned run, eight strikeouts and no walks. Phillip Hughes, Phil Coke and Joba Chamberlain were effective in relief ahead of Rivera, who entered in a non-save situation. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit two-run homers and Alex Rodriguez also drove in a pair to lead the Yankee offense.
(9:07, top eighth, Yankees 7, Twins 2)A-Rod has struck again with a single off the wall in the 7th as the Yankees are rolling. He’s 2-for-4 with two RBI.
(8:47, top seventh, Yankees 6, Twins 2)
CC Sabathia was taken out after 6-2/3 innings with two men on base in the 7th to a standing-O from the Yankee crowd. Phil Hughes came on to pitch to Orlando Cabrera with runners at second and third (after a wild pitch by Sabathia advanced the runners) and battled Hughes to a 3-2 count and struck him out on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.
(8:09, bottom fifth, Yankees 6, Twins 2)OK, the Yankees are cranking. Another two-run bomb – this one by Hideki Matsui – who was Liriano’s first batter in relief. The ball was struck well to straight away center field, clearing the fence with A-Rod on board.
(8:05, bottom fifth, Yankees 4, Twins 2)
Alex Rodriguez singled in Derek Jeter with the fourth Yankee run. This one also came with two outs. Francisco Liriano has replaced starter Brian Duensing with HIdeki Matsui due up.
(7:42, bottom fourth, Yankees 3, Twins 2)
Two-out runs are huge anytime, but in the playoffs? Really important. So the Yanks got one here when Nick Swisher lined a double into the left-field corner scoring Robinson Cano with the go-ahead run. Posada had singled with one out and erased at second base on a fielder’s choice by Cano. The Twins actually played the double well as Delmon Young dug the ball out cleanly and made a good relay to shortstop Orlando Cabrera. But Cabrera seemed to rush his throw to the plate as it landed above home plate where Mauer had no chance to make a play.
(7:37, bottom fourth, Yankees 2, Twins 2)Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-2 if you’re keeping track. Amazingly, A-Rod has hit .330 with 44 homers and 110 RBI over his career vs. the Twins.
(7:15, bottom third, Yankees 2, Twins 2)As quick as you could say “upset-in-the-making,” Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer to left field on a 1-0 pitch that caught far too much of the plate by lefty Brian Duensing. Melky Cabrera had reached on an infield hit to short and moved to second base on a wild pitch.
(7:09, top third, Twins 2, Yankees 0)
The Twins really look alive after getting into New York at just passed 3 a.m. this morning following their American League Central Division clinching celebration at the Metrodome Tuesday night. In fact, the Yankees, and especially Sabathia and Jorge Posada, looks as if they needed a little more sleep. The Twins have staged a two-out rally against Sabathia in the third with Orlando Cabrera (single), Joe Mauer (double) and Michael Cuddyer (single) accounting for one run and a Posada passed ball, his second of the game, allowed Mauer to score the second Twins’ run. Funny, with all the talk about Jose Molina catching A.J. Burnett because Posada and Burnett have not been on the same page, Posada and Sabathia look as if they’ve never worked together tonight. By the way, do the Twins really want to move out of the Dome? They have such an advantage there. The Twins have not been awed by Sabathia at all from the start. Things started out promising in the first when Denard Span led off the game with a double to left-center, but Sabathia struck out two of the next three batters, stranding Span at third after Posada’s first passed ball. Sabathia struck out the first two Twins (Kubel and Young) in the second before Harris singled. In the third, Nick Punto singled, but Span knocked into a 5-4-3 DP. That’s when the Twins went to work.