After waiting six years for the World Series to return to the Bronx, the Yankees fell flat in Game 1, getting shut down (and nearly shut out) by the Phillies and Cliff Lee. Chad Jennings has all the gory details.
This was an ugly night for the hitters, I wrote in my column, as the Yankees bats wasted a solid outing from CC Sabathia. For all the talk about the Yankees pitching, the lineup will have to do a whole lot better if they’re going to get back into this series.
Sabathia grinded through a night when he clearly didn’t have his best stuff, but ultimately couldn’t match Lee, writes Josh Thomson.
In one of the stranger plays of the night, Hideki Matsui got doubled off first by Jimmy Rollins in the fifth inning and the umpires – for once this October – got the call exactly right. Rick Carpiniello has the story on that.
Speaking of Matsui, is there any chance he’ll play the field during the games in the NL ballpark? Don’t count on it, though Joe Girardi isn’t ruling anything out. More likely, Matsui will just be a pinch-hitter.
Pedro Martinez had an entertaining – as always – press conference yesterday and now he takes the ball in what figures to be an electric atmosphere at Yankee Stadium tonight. Scott Lauber, of our sister paper in Wilmington, Del., has a look at Pedro.
Finally, the notebook leads with some insight into a busy week for Joe Fosina, a New Rochelle resident who has been in charge of tailoring Yankee uniforms for years. There are also items on a struggling Phil Hughes, roster changes and some famous first-pitch guests.