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Notes from Game 1

When the Yankees and Red Sox meet there are always plenty of fireworks.
When the Yankees and Red Sox meet there are always plenty of fireworks.

CC Sabathia was not happy after letting a four-run lead slip away Sunday night.

"I think I had good stuff, I just nibbled too much," Sabathia said. "Early in the game I was still strike one, right there. Later in the game I’m trying to throw down and away and I’m missing down. I just think I nibbled a little too much and got behind and got in hitters counts. It’s a tough lineup to try to pitch to when you’re in hitters counts.

"It’s a fine line and today I definitely screwed it up,"

My take: The big lefty historically struggles early in the season. There are 161 games to go, and I'm not going to worry about it.

  • I'm sure the Jorge Posada bashers will be out in force today after his key 7th inning passed ball. Jorge has never been a great defensive catcher, and we are just going to have to live with him having more and more difficulty handling pitches that are not where he expects them to be. We don't have to like it. I think we do have to get used to it.
  • Curtis Granderson homered in first at-bat and made a nice catch in center field. Still, he left four runners on base and was not happy with his Yankee debut.
  • Interesting to note that the double steal which resulted in Brett Gardner stealing home was not a called play. Gardner said he just reacted when he saw Derek Jeter take off for second base.