Lee, Phillies Handcuff Yankees in Opener

Lefty strikes out 10 in 6-1, complete-game win for defending champs
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 10:31 PM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee shut down the Yankees in Game 1 in New York.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Cliff Lee outdueled former Cleveland teammate CC Sabathia as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 6-1 to win Game 1 of the World Series. Lee struck out 10 and shut out New York until the ninth inning; fellow lefty Sabathia allowed two solo home runs to Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley in seven innings of work against the defending champions.

Lee, 31, arrived in Philadelphia in a midseason trade, while Sabathia, 29, was the Yankees’ big off-season acquisition. Both won Cy Young Awards with Cleveland—Sabathia in 2007, Lee in ‘08—before being traded. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday night.