Indians Rout Yanks in Game 1

Teams batters Chien Ming-Wang to take 1-0 series lead
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2007 4:43 AM CDT
Cleveland fans cheer during the Cleveland Indians five-run fifth inning against the New York Yankees in Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, in Cleveland....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Anchored by a gutsy C.C. Sabathia performance, the Indians beat the heavily favored Yankees 12-3 to take a 1-0 series lead.  Sabathia walked six and needed 114 pitches to go 5 innings, but it was enough to get the win, particularly with Asdrubal Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner and Ryan Garko all homering to back him.

Prior to the game, said "You have to seize the moment because you never know if you'll get back here," said 40-year-old Indian Kenny Lofton before the game. Lofton, a playoff vet, headed his own advice, driving in 4.  The win is particularly surprising considering the regular season series between the teams—-the Yanks won all six games.