CLEVELAND -- This is the place to watch during Game One as we'll have updates and some chatter on the opener of the Indians-Yankees series. Refresh this thread for new entries:
Top-9th: It's 12-3 after a Ryan Garko solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. The Jake fans are chanting "Yankees stink" or something like that (figure it out). This one's over. More later.
Top-8th: A fan just got a rousing cheer on the jumbotron for holding up a sign that read "LeBron, it's not too late to change ur (sic) hat."
Bot-6th: The rout is on. It's 11-3 and the crowd is howling "Ken-ny, Ken-ny" as veteran Kenny Lofton's RBI double gives him a 3-for-4 night with four RBIs. Jose Veras is coming on for rookie Ross Ohlendorf, who was taken deep by Travis Hafner with one out in this inning to put the Tribe in double figures.
Bot-5th: Wasn't Chien-Ming Wang vs. C.C. Sabathia supposed to be a pitchers' duel? The Indians have forged a 9-3 lead after a five-run fifth and both starters are gone. Victor Martinez's no-doubt two-run bomb to right-center was followed by Lofton's RBI single to right-center that KO'd Wang (right), who endured his worst outing since an eight-run blowup Aug. 8 vs. Toronto. Casey Blake then dumped a two-run double into the right-field corner off Ohlendorf. The Tribe had 17 runs against the Yankees in six games all season -- but has nine tonight! Sabathia, who threw 114 pitches in five innings, has been replaced by Rafael Perez.
The Yankees got within 4-2 on Robinson Cano's solo homer in the fourth and cut the deficit to a run on Bobby Abreu's RBI double in the fifth. But the Yankees bailed Sabathia out in the fifth -- Jorge Posada swung on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded and eventually struck out and Hideki Matsui popped to short on a 2-0 offering. Sabathia stomped off the mound and barked in celebration -- and clearly in anger at plate umpire Bruce Froemming. Jensen Lewis and Aaron Fultz were throwing in the bullpen and now Rafael Perez is up.
End 3rd: LeBron James (left) is in the house wearing his Yankee cap (his "We Are All Witnesses" poster is on the side of a building down the street). He can't be liking the 4-1 lead the Indians have forged on Asdrubal Cabrera's solo homer to right. Amazing poise for a rookie by Cabrera.
It would be nice if Froemming had a strike zone bigger than a pea. Sabathia has already walked a season-high four and Chien-Ming Wang has walked two. Abreu wanted no part of Sabathia and he had a Randy Johnson-John Kruk moment, bailing out most of the time and grinning after taking a 95-mph fastball up near his head before finally working a walk.
Bot-1st: The Tribe just made Wang work as hard as the Yankees did to Sabathia. With two outs and no on, Hafner walked and Martinez blooped a single to right-center. Ryan Garko then crushed a hanging curve up the middle for an RBI single to tie the game and the place has exploded. Everyone on their feet twirling white rally towels. Pretty cool sight. Jhonny Peralta took a close pitch at 2-2 for a ball, fouled off three full-count offerings, then took ball four to load the bases. Lofton -- in the postseason for the 11th time -- then ripped a two-run single to center but Peralta rounded second too far and was caught off the bag for the third out. It's 3-1 Tribe after one. Wang threw 29 pitches. The inning took 39 minutes. We're in for a long night!
Top-1st: Johnny Damon just led off the game with a homer to right on a 3-1 pitch -- or did he? His drive by the foul pole was ruled foul by RF umpire Jim Wolf but that call was reversed by crew chief Froemming (left) after Joe Torre came out and the umps had a conference. How can other umpires reverse a call from the guy closest to the play? And if the RF ump can't make that call, what's he doing out there anyway? Nice job on the replays by postseason newbie TBS. We saw the umpires, Damon swinging, Damon running the bases. Hey guys: SHOW US THE BALL.
Sabathia walked Abreu and A-Rod but recovered to fan Jorge Posada and get Matsui on a grounder. Only one run but a classic Yankees at-bat -- they forced Sabathia to make 33 pitches and had him on the mound for 18 minutes.
(Photos: Associated Press)
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