Let The Playoff Games Begin

By Francis Walker
Updated: November 16, 2007

NEW YORK, NY. — The Minnesota Twins scored a 3-1 upset victory against the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. The Yankees, who defeated the Twins in 13 consecutive regular season games dating back to the 2002 season, sent 19-game winner Mike Mussina on the mound. Mussina, 20-2 lifetime against the Twins, allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched Mussina did not receive munch help from the Yankee offense. Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada went a combined 0 for 8, with 4 strikeouts and left 4 base runners on. The Yankees left 10 men on base overall.

The last two teams to have defeated the Yankees won the World Series (Arizona Diamondbacks, 2001, and Anaheim Angels, 2002). Last season the Yankees defeated the Angels in the series opener, but lost the series in four games.

Kerry Wood dominated the Atlanta Braves, as the Chicago Cubs came from behind for a 4-2 victory in Game 1 of their National League Division Series. Wood, who set a new Cubs record for most strikeouts in a game with 11, allowed two runs on two hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Wood also hit a game-winning 2-RBI double to left field in the bottom of the fourth.

The Braves sent 20-game winner Russ Ortiz on the mound. Ortiz allowed four runs, eight hits, three walks, but struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

The San Francisco Giants took a 1-0 series edge over the Florida Marlins. Jason Schmidt pitched a complete game shutout allowing only three hits. Barry Bonds, who finished the regular season two homers shy of catching his Godfather Willie Mays (660), drew three bases on balls (walks), scored a run, and stole a base.