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Yankees Big Bats too Much for Minnesota in ALDS
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees used a combination of long ball hitting and power pitching to take a 1-0 series lead with a 7-2 victory Wednesday night over the road-weary Minnesota Twins.

Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui both hit two run home runs in support of CC Sabathia, who hurled 6 2/3 overpowering innings. Sabathia struck out a career postseason-high eight and allowed just one earned run on eight hits. Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Coke and Mariano Riviera pitched two-hit scoreless relief the rest of the way.

The Twins took an early 2-0 lead but faded. The Twins didn't arrive in New York until the wee hours following their 12-inning 6-5 win over Detroit in the one-game playoff they needed to win the AL Central race.

The clubs get a day off before the series resumes in New York Friday night with A.J. Burnett on the mound for the Yanks against Nick Blackburn. Both are making their first postseason start.

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