Mark Teixeira blasted a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning for the New York Yankees to rally past the Minnesota Twins 6-4 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series last night at Target Field. Minnesota was up 3-0 in the sixth when the Yanks produced a string of base hits for four runs, the final two brought in by Curtis Granderson’s triple to deep right. Teixeira and Granderson were the only Bronx Bombers to notch multiple hits and RBI’s.
“Our lineup is so deep, there’s never a reason to give up,” said Teixeira. “There’s some teams where maybe two or three guys carry the team and, if you’re in a big hole, it’s tough to get out of. But with our lineup, we can be down four, five, six runs and still have a chance to score seven or eight. We just haven’t given up all year.”
CC Sabathia struggled during his six innings of work, letting up four runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. New York’s bullpen was lights out through three innings with the trusted Mariano Rivera setting up the four remaining outs. “I think Game 1 is the most important game, no matter what,” said Granderson. “It sets the tone, at least for a few hours.” Game 2 is set for tonight in Minnesota before the series shifts to Yankee Stadium starting Saturday, October 9th. ALDS tickets are now available!