Philadelphia Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee took the mound to begin Game 1 as Yankees stadium bustled, anticipating the start of the World Series. The relaxed 31-year old looked in at catcher Carlos Ruiz, nodded his head yes, and pumped in a fastball that New York Yankees captain and leadoff hitter Derek Jeter fouled off. His outing was underway, and what an outing it would be for Lee. Jeter fouled off a tumbling curveball and then swung through a filthy slider for strike-three; three pitches, one out. Johnny Damon watched Jeter go down easily and, judging by LeeÆs command of the first three offerings, knew he would be tough to beat. So, the Yankees left-fielder bunted. Lee gobbled it up and fired to first. It was an odd decision by Damon. Usually, a bunt would come out of desperation, in ...
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