THE BRONX - (AP) - Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer, CC Sabathia wasthe ace the Yankees signed him to be and New York romped over thetired Minnesota Twins 7-2 Wednesday night in the opener of their ALplayoff series.

After Jeter's third-inning homer off loser Brian Duensing pulledNew York even at 2, Nick Swisher pulled a go-ahead double down theleft-field line in the fourth.

Alex Rodriguez had gone 0 for 29 in the postseason with runnerson base dating to Game 4 of the 2004 AL championship series, beforechasing Duensing with an RBI single that made it 4-2 in the fifth.

After beating Detroit in an AL Central tiebreaker Tuesday night,Minnesota didn't arrive at its hotel until nearly 4 a.m. andappeared to lack the energy that propelled the Twins during a 17-4 finish.