Sabathia, Yankees Overpower Minnesota in Game 1

Jeter leads offensive assault as New York cruises 7-2
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 7, 2009 8:56 PM CDT
Actress Kate Hudson, center, and hip-hop artist Jay-Z were on hand to watch the New York Yankees play the Minnesota Twins tonight.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia got the New York Yankees off to a winning postseason start in their new ballpark—and even Alex Rodriguez broke out of his playoff rut against the Minnesota Twins. 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 tonight in the opener of their AL playoff series.

After Jeter's third-inning homer off loser Brian Duensing 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 runners on base dating to Game 4 of the 2004 AL championship series before chasing Duensing with an RBI single that made it 4-2 in the fifth.