Posted October 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
CC Sabathia, Russell Martin and the New York Yankees crashed a party that was 15 years in the making. Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Sunday night in the opener of their AL divisional series. Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Yankees take the edge off the Orioles' first home playoff game since 1997. The husky left-hander went 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season, but in this one he returned to form and improved his lifetime record against the Orioles to 17-4. ''Fastball command was good, worked off that,'' Sabathia said. ''Throwing the ball pretty good getting the corners. Tried to stay out there and make some pitches.'' Sabathia is 6-1 with the Yankees in the postseason, 4-0 in the division series. With the score 2-all, Martin drove a 2-0...
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