Indians spoil Yankee Stadium opener
Sizemore's grand slam highlights nine-run seventh inning
NEW YORK -- What a bunch of homewreckers.With a nine-run seventh inning Thursday afternoon, the Indians quelled the celebratory nature of the first game at the new Yankee Stadium and gave the Yanks and their fans a Bronx bummer. The Tribe's 10-2 win got Cliff Lee off the schnide and proved that, for $1.5 billion, the Yankees could buy a sparkling new facility but not a home-opening victory. "To take their opener away from them is a good feeling," said Grady Sizemore, whose grand slam highlighted that seventh-inning outburst and put this one on ice. While the final score was lopsided, this was actually a tense, tight one for six innings. Lee and former teammate and fellow Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia squared off in a pitchers' duel that lived up to the hype. Lee (1-2) went six innings, allowing just a run on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He ran his pitch count up while working out of some early jams, but the only major damage came when Jorge Posada hit a solo homer off him in the fifth. This was major progress for Lee, who was battered to the tune of 11 runs in his first 10 innings of work this season and had already been compared to his 2008 self ad nauseum. "I'm not comparing myself to last year," said Lee, who went 22-3 in 2008 and started the last All-Star Game in the old Yankee Stadium. "But I feel I'm locating my pitches the way I expect of myself." Lee and Sabathia had similar outings, in that they tamed the opposition but needed a lot of pitches to do so. Lee needed 115 pitches to get through six innings, and Sabathia burned 122 pitches to get through 5 2/3. "Both teams put up tough at-bats," manager Eric Wedge said. "And Cliff and CC were up to the task."
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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.