CC Sabathia pitched, Derek Jeter hit and the Yankees won the first postseason game at new Yankee Stadium last night. Chad Jennings has the story for us.
My column is about how Alex Rodriguez exorcised some demons by finally delivering a postseason RBI. Hard to believe, but A-Rod’s postseason drought with men on base started five years and 17 games ago. Last night was a big weight lifted for him.
Hideki Matsui blew the game open with a monstrous two-run homer and it was a nice change of pace for him, too; he’d been 15-of-64 in the postseason since Game 4 of the ’04 ALCS. Josh Thomson has that story.
The Twins had a grueling 24-hour stretch end with defeat. This notebook also has news on a (very brief) relief appearance from Joba Chamberlain, a decision on the Twins Game 3 starter (Carl Pavano!), the make-up of the Yankees series roster and a milestone for Jeter.
I wrote it last night but it bears repeating: You all have been amazing the past two days. The amount of participation on Tuesday – when there was no game – was overwhelming and yesterday was simply fantastic. Chad, Josh and I are going to keep doing what we can to make this the No. 1 stop for Yankees fans and we truly appreciate all your support.
The Twins are not working out today – they could use the sleep – but Ron Gardenhire and a few players will be speaking to the media later this morning. Josh will be there and will blog any news and notes. The Yankees then have a workout starting a little after 1 p.m. and Chad and I will be in the house for that. Keep checking back for updates all day.