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October 4, 2007
New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Series tied 0-0
Chien-Ming Wang (0-0) vs. C.C. Sabathia (0-0)

Batting Order/Starting Lineups
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon (LF)
Derek Jeter (SS)
Bobby Abreu (RF)
Alex Rodriguez (3B)
Jorge Posada (C)
Hideki Matsui (DH)
Robinson Cano (2B)
Melky Cabrera (CF)
Doug Mientkiewicz (1B)
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore (CF)
Asdrubal Cabrera (2B)
Travis Hafner (DH)
Victor Martinez (C)
Ryan Garko (1B)
Jhonney Peralta (SS)
Kenny Lofton (LF)
Franklin Gutierrez (RF)
Casey Blake (3B)

Cleveland Indians 12, New York Yankees 3
Cleveland leads series, 1-0
WP: C.C. Sabathia (1-0)
LP: Chien-Ming Wang (0-1)

Notable Stats
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon: 1-4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO
Bobby Abreu: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO
Alex Rodriguez: 0-2, 2 BB
Jorge Posada: 0-4, 2 SO
Hideki Matsui: 0-4, 2 SO
Cleveland Indians
Asrubal Cabrera: 1-4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Travis Hafner: 1-4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Victor Martinez: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Ryan Garko: 3-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
Kenny Lofton: 3-4, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 SB
Casey Blake: 1-4, 2 RBI

Pitchers
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (L, 0-1): 4.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 15.43 ERA
Ross Ohlendorf: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR, 27.00 ERA
Jose Veras: 0.1 IP, 0.00 ERA
Phil Hughes: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (W, 1-0): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR, 5.40 ERA
Rafael Perez: 2 IP, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA
Jensen Lewis: 1 IP, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
Rafael Betancourt: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA

Summary/Analysis
Well, I didn't watch this one, but it is plain to the eye that Cleveland dominated the Yanks. Sabathia did not have his best stuff (6 BBs), but neither did Wang. That Indians offense was on. Lofton, the crafty old vet, had a four-RBI day, while Garko and Martinez had three-hit days. The Indians offense smashed four home runs off of the Yankees pitching staff. The real story of this game is the Indians' bullpen. After Sabathia left before the sixth inning, three Indians relievers combined for four innings of one hit relief.

The Yankees, well, weren't the Yankees in this one. The offense only managed five hits all game and was shut down by the Indians bullpen. Jeter, A-Rod, Posada, Matsui, and Cabrera all went hitless for the Indians offense. Foreshadowing? Wang just was horrible. Eight runs in four and two-thirds innings, just not much that can be said about that. The Yankees were outplayed.

Game 2
New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
Friday, October 5, 2007, 5:00 PM ET
Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Andy Pettite (0-0) vs. Fausto Carmona (0-0)

Also viewable here: http://ramblingsfromthesuburbs.blogspot.com/2007/10/yankees-indians-alds-game-1.html

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