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Sabathia notches 100th; Royals’ free fall continues

September 29, 2007

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Kansas City's Mike Sweeney (29) slides into home past Cleveland's Victor Martinez. Sweeney scored on the play, but the Royals lost, 5-3, Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City's Mike Sweeney (29) slides into home past Cleveland's Victor Martinez. Sweeney scored on the play, but the Royals lost, 5-3, Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

— C.C. Sabathia is ready to get a fresh look at the New York Yankees.

Sabathia survived line drives off each wrist - both hit by Mark Grudzielanek - and earned his 100th career victory, pitching the Cleveland Indians past Kansas City, 5-3, Friday night to wrap up home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

The Indians claimed their 95th victory, tying them with the Boston Red Sox for the most victories in the American League. The Red Sox, however, hold the tiebreaker by taking five of seven from Cleveland.

The AL Central champions will open the playoffs at home against the Yankees, while the Red Sox start at home against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I haven't faced them since '04," Sabathia said. "I don't remember the last time I faced them. I'll have to look at some tape and see. Their hitters are probably a little different and I'm a little different since 2004.

"I'm just looking forward to playing in the postseason and give us a chance to go out and try to win a ring," he said. "Bring them on. We're excited."

The Yankees went 6-0 against the Indians this year.

"In regard to who we're going to play, I haven't put any thought or time into it just yet," manager Eric Wedge said. "It looks like we're going to be at home. That was one of the goals we were shooting for."

Sabathia (19-7) won his 100th game at the age of 27 years, 100 days, the youngest pitcher since Greg Maddux in 1993 to reach the mark.

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