Yankees best Twins 702 in Game 1 of playoff seriesThe Yankess won Game 1 of the best of five series with the Twins 7-2 Wednesday in New York.
By Brian Costa - New Jersey Star Ledger
BRONX, N.Y. - On one side of 161st Street, the old ballpark was dark and silent. On the other side, the new one came to life.
The Yankees got their first postseason in the new Yankee Stadium off to a rousing start Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
CC Sabathia gave the Yankees 6 2/3 sterling innings in his first playoff start in pinstripes. Sabathia gave up two runs -- only one earned -- on eight hits and no walks. He had eight strikeouts.
"We know what we need to do," Sabathia said. "It just feels good to start it off the right way."
For the first two and a half innings, the ballpark seemed to lack the electric atmosphere that the old one had in October. And it was downright quiet after the Twins went up 2-0 in the top of the third on an RBI single by Michael Cuddyer and a mistake by Jorge Posada.
"It was miscommunication on their part," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They has talked about the pitch they were going to throw and the pitch wasn't thrown. I'm not sure what was lost in translation."
The catcher allowed Joe Mauer to score from third when -- apparently not expecting Mauer to run -- he was slow to chase after a passed ball that got away from him.
But Derek Jeter sparked the crowd and his teammates with a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the third. Nick Swisher gave the Yankees the lead with an RBI double in the fourth. And the Yankees broke the game open in the fifth with an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez and a two-run homer by Hideki Matsui.
A-Rod added an RBI single in the seventh inning and finished 2 for 4. Jeter went 2 for 2 with two walks and three runs scored.
"I'm sure it makes them feel good inside," Girardi said, "but if they didn't have good nights tonight, I'd bet on them to have good nights the next night."More from around the web