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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Alex Rodriguez #13 (Credit: Getty/Al Bello)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees is tagged out at home plate by Jeff Mathis #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

ALCS Game 1: Yankees 4, Angels 1

The Yankees opened the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels with a 4-1 win in Game 1 behind a strong pitching effort from CC Sabathia.

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New York Yankees' Robinson Cano, left, celebrates the
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New York Yankees' Robinson Cano, left, celebrates the Yankees victory with Jose Molina after Game 1 of the American League Championship baseball series Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in New York. The Yankees defeated the Angels 4-1 to lead the series 1-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New York Yankees' Jorge Posada (20) congratulates Mariano
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New York Yankees' Jorge Posada (20) congratulates Mariano Rivera after he closed out ALCS Game 1against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees beat the Angels 4-1. (Photo by John Dunn)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Jason Bulger #52
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Jason Bulger #52 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during Game One of the 2009 American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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New York Yankees' Jorge Posada, right, shakes hands
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New York Yankees' Jorge Posada, right, shakes hands with reliever Jose Molina after Game 1 of the American League Championship baseball series Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in New York. The Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 to lead the series 1-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Derek Jeter #2
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees singles on a line drive to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game One of the 2009 American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Alex Rodriguez #13
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees is tagged out at home plate by Jeff Mathis #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ninth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: The New York
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: The New York Yankees celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-1. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: The New York
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: The New York Yankees celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-1. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

New York Yankees fans hgang signs during game
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New York Yankees fans hgang signs during game 1 ALCS at Yankee Stadium, on the evening of October 16, 2009. (Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mike Napoli #44
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mike Napoli #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim retreives a wild pitch from under the feet of Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees in Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees shakes hands with Jorge Posada #20 after defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-1 in the ninth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui, left, celebrates with
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New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui, left, celebrates with Andy Pettitte after their victory over the Los Angeles Angels in Game 1 of the American League Championship baseball series Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in New York. The Yankees defeated the Angels 4-1 to lead the series 1-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New York Yankees celebrate their victory over the
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New York Yankees celebrate their victory over the angels in game 1 ALCS at Yankee Stadium, on the evening of October 16, 2009. (Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara)

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter warms his hand
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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter warms his hand before batting against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of Game 1. (October 16, 2009)

Opening ceremonies New York Yankees Angels game 1
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Opening ceremonies New York Yankees Angels game 1 ALCS at Yankee Stadium, on the evening of October 16, 2009. (Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara)

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Opening ceremonies New York Yankees Angels game 1 ALCS at Yankee Stadium, on the evening of October 16, 2009. (Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara)

New York Yankees johnny damon knocks adouble in
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New York Yankees johnny damon knocks adouble in the first inning against the Angels during game 1 ALCS at Yankee Stadium, on the evening of October 16, 2009. (Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara)

New York Yankees' CC Sabathia (52) blows on
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New York Yankees' CC Sabathia (52) blows on his hand after retiring the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano (24) throws out
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New York Yankees' Robinson Cano (24) throws out Los Angeles Angels' Chone Figgins (9) in the first inningf of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

New York Yankees' CC Sabathia (52) pitches to
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New York Yankees' CC Sabathia (52) pitches to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

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New York Yankees' CC Sabathia (52) pitches to
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New York Yankees' CC Sabathia (52) pitches to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

Los Angeles Angels' Juan Rivera (20) fields a
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Los Angeles Angels' Juan Rivera (20) fields a double by New York Yankees' Johnny Damon (18) in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a
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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a sacrifice fly driving in Derek Jeter in the first inning of ALCS Game 1. (October 16, 2009)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a
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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a sacrifice fly driving in Derek Jeter in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

A popup by New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui
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A popup by New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui (55) falls in front of Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar (2) in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) scores on
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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) scores on a sac fly by Alex Rodriguez in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

ALCS GAME 1: YANKEES 4, ANGELS 1 On
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ALCS GAME 1: YANKEES 4, ANGELS 1
On a cold windy night at Yankee Stadium, CC Sabathia was the only thing supplying heat -- high heat -- as he continued to pitch like a new man in the playoffs. He shut down the Angels on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings. The Yankees didn?t exactly rake at the plate, but they were able to knock John Lackey out of the game in the sixth. The Angels? defense was MIA as they committed three errors.
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CC Sabathia will take the mound on short
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CC Sabathia will take the mound on short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday. (October 16, 2009)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a
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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a sacrifice fly driving in Derek Jeter in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

CC Sabathia follows through in the 1st ining
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CC Sabathia follows through in the 1st ining as the Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels in game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday, October 16, 2009. Photo by David L. Pokress

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Derek Jeter is congratulated by Hdeki Matsui after
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Derek Jeter is congratulated by Hdeki Matsui after scoring in the 1st inning as the Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels in game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday, October 16, 2009. Ed Betz

New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui (55) hits a
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New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui (55) hits a popup that fell in scoring Johnny Damon in the first inning of ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by John Dunn)

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