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Rocky 1st Inning Hurts Sabathia; Yankees Recover
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- CC Sabathia was so bad in the first inning of the AL championship series Friday night that his best pitch might have been one that bounced off the backstop.

It sure wasn't the one that Josh Hamilton put over the wall. Or the four in a row that walked the No. 8 hitter.

Pitching nine days after his last outing, Sabathia opened the ALCS looking like anything but the ace who led the New York Yankees to the World Series title last year.

The Yankees found a way to win anyway, turning a 5-0 deficit when Sabathia left into a 6-5 victory in Game 1.

Sabathia allowed five runs in four innings, by far his worst start in six postseason games since joining the Yankees. It also was the shortest of his 36 starts in the regular season and playoffs in 2010.

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