• Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com shares a quote from Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira after Sunday night's game.
Considering the two-three format of this best-of-five series, it was imperative that the Yankees get at least one win in Baltimore to avoid returning to New York needing to sweep.
It was mission accomplished in Game 1, after their 7-2 victory over the Orioles.
"You want one, but now we are going to get greedy and ask for two," Mark Teixeira said.
• Robert Schlesinger of U.S. News and World Report has a different take on Jeffrey Maier and the 1996 American League Championship Series between the Orioles and the Yankees.
Don't overstate the importance of Jeffrey Maier. Yes, he likely cost the Orioles a playoff game in the 1996 American League Championship Series; but despite how many O's fans recall the incident, it wasn't a pivotal game -- the 1996 Orioles could blame themselves (and the eventual world champions, my beloved Yankees) more than the 12-year old in the right field stands.
Here's how many Orioles fans (judging by the arguments I've had with them over the years) remember the Maier incident: Baltimore, in their recollection, won the first game of the series, in New York (baseball still followed the quaint practice of playing the first game in a playoff series at the park of the team with home field advantage) and was leading in Game Two when in the bottom of the eighth rookie shortstop Derek Jeter arced a fly ball toward Yankee Stadium's short right field porch. Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco drifted back and as he bumped up against the padded blue wall, just to the right of the "Nobody Beats the Wiz" sign, he put his glove up to catch the downward racing ball. It would never reach him.
As if a microcosm of his season, Martin on Sunday was 0 for 2 in his first two plate appearances, but he soon made two essential plays in the fifth inning that kept the game tied.
Martin had made an acrobatic play in the field that very likely saved a run in the fifth inning and then blocked an erratic pitch by Sabathia in the same inning that certainly prevented another run.
• Speaking of Martin's home run, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan shares a comment on where Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was during the at-bat.
Because he has been here before, and because he might be the coolest human being in the world, Derek Jeter tends not to approach playoff games that are tied in the ninth inning with the white-knuckle anxiety of an average person. Take, for example, the AL Division Series opener here on Sunday night, a pearl of a ballgame. Nobody dared blink.
Except Derek Jeter, of course, because these are the Yankees, and there is a fundamental belief Derek Jeter never will abandon: The Yankees are going to win. He has a fistful of ostentatious rings that support his worldview, so not only did he blink, he went somewhere else entirely when Russell Martin's go-ahead home run in the ninth jump-started a blowout inning in the Yankees' 7-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.
"I was in the bathroom," Jeter said.
• ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews shares his quick analysis of Game 1.
One in the bank, two more to get to the American League Championship Series and 10 more to go for World Series title No. 28. That's where the New York Yankees stand after they turned a tense eight-inning game into a 7-2 rout with a big ninth inning off the hottest closer in baseball, the Baltimore Orioles' Jim Johnson.
• USA Today's Scott Boeck talked about Orioles right fielder Chris Davis' defense in Game 1, including his catch in the corner in right field to end the top of the sixth inning.
Baltimore Orioles right fielder Chris Davis did a disappearing act in the corner of Camden Yards tracking down a foul ball.
Tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Davis ran down a fly ball hit by New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson. He made the catch behind the stands in foul territory for the third out of the inning.
• Before Sunday's game, The New York Times' Zach Schonbrun and Bill Pennington talked about the difference between the Orioles and Yankees in regards to playoff experience.
"It's impossible to tell your players to take the emotion out of an at-bat or a pitch or a throw," [Orioles manager Buck] Showalter said.
Showalter acknowledged the possibility of the team's playing tight under the pressure of the game. The Yankees, whose roster includes 22 players with postseason experience, are accustomed to handling the increase in news media coverage, the changing game schedules, the harried traveling.
• The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi looks at the Orioles' season and wonders how long it will last.
Taking a quick look at their season record, some would call the Baltimore Orioles lucky.
They, on the other hand, would call themselves good -- and say that they have made their own luck.
Can it be both?
• The Staten Island Advance's Dean Balsamini gives 10 reasons why the Yankees will knock the Orioles out of the playoffs, including this one about most successful team at Camden Yards.
1. The team with the all-time best winning percentage at Camden Yards? Nope, not the O's. It's the Yankees.
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