Game One: 09 Yankees 3, 09 Indians 1
WP: Sabathia (3-0)
LP: C Lee (0-3)
Save: Rivera (3)
HR: DeRosa (1)
Game Two: 09 Yankees 2, 09 Indians 1
WP: Burnett (2-0)
LP: Laffey (1-1)
Save: Rivera (4)
Game Three: 09 Yankees 8, 09 Indians 2
WP: Pettitte (2-0)
LP: Masterson (0-2)
HR: Posada (2)
Game Four: 09 Yankees 3, 09 Indians 0
WP: Chamberlain (1-1)
LP: Sowers (0-1)
New York pitchers dominated the Cleveland lineup throughout the series, allowing just four runs in all.
CC Sabathia set the tone in the first game in Yankee Stadium. He allowed one run in 7.1 innings, that on a homer by Mark DeRosa, while striking out 11. The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the sixth when Derek Jeter reached on an error and Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez followed with doubles off Cliff Lee. Cano added another RBI in the eighth with a sac fly. The Indians turned a triple play in the seventh off the bat of Melky Cabrera.
A.J. Burnett followed suit in Game Two, allowing one run in six innings while fanning seven. The Yankees got their two runs in the sixth with a double by Mark Teixeira, a single by Hideki Matsui, a groundout by Jorge Posada, and a single by Nick Swisher. Phil Coke, Phil Robertson and Marino Rivera combined for three hitless innings of relief.
The series moved to Cleveland for Game Three, and the Yankees enjoyed the one offensive outburst of the series. Jeter had three RBIs and Posada hit a two-run homer off Justin Masterson. Andy Pettitte was in and out of jams for six innings; Jhonny Peralta came up twice with the bases loaded in the first three innings and made three outs to end both frames.
Joba Chamberlain capped the series with a four-hit shutout in Game Four. He struck out nine and walked four. The Yankees picked up single runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings. Jeter was 3-for-4 with a walk, a run, a RBI and a steal.
Player of the series: Could go to Jeter, who was 7-for-17 with four runs and four RBIs, but we'll go with Chamberlain for his complete-game shutout.
Player availability: All will be fully available for Round Three.
Projected rotation: Sabathia-Burnett-Pettitte-Chamberlain-(Sabathia)-(Burnett)-(Pettitte)