It wasn't as easy as those numbers would indicate, though. Elvis Andrus led off the game with a sharply-hit single to center field before the Yankees fans were even able to finish their roll call. That gave the Rangers just another leadoff runner, continuing a playoff trend.
Michael Young then followed with a double play grounder to Derek Jeter at short, erasing Andrus off the basepaths. Suddenly freed from a minor jam, Sabathia faced Josh Hamilton, got ahead 0-1, and threw an inside fastball that Hamilton ripped into right field for the Rangers' second hit of the game.
But the inning ended with Vladimir Guerrero, who Sabathia caught looking with a 1-2 fastball. Going into the bottom half of the first, it's scoreless.