New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: Team Grades from ALDS Game 1

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New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: Team Grades from ALDS Game 1
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Russell Martin's lead-off HR in the top of the ninth proved to be the game-winning run

The Baltimore Orioles were able to keep the game close for eight innings, but when it mattered the most, the New York Yankees' playoff-seasoned bats were able to rouse a rally off All-Star closer Jim Johnson.

New York exploded for five runs in the top of the ninth and head into Monday night's contest with a 1-0 lead, and a guarantee that they'll head back to New York at least even in the series.

Although the five runs in the ninth were what won the contest for the Yankees, the two that CC Sabathia held the O's to was most impressive.

He put not only his dismal performance against Baltimore this season behind him, but also a raucous crowd that showed no letdown after a two-hour rain delay.

Without further ado, let's assign some grades for each squad.

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