Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher got off to strong starts in hopes of eradicating past postseason failures in the Yankees' 7-2 win over Baltimore in Game 1 of the AL division series.

The two switch-hitters batted one behind the other in the fifth and sixth spots in the lineup and reached base a combined six times, while driving in a run apiece.

"You guys don't have to worry about me, man, we just have to pick up the W's," said Swisher, who walked twice, singled and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Yanks' final run in the ninth. "We feel like we have a great lineup, top to bottom. We have our two magicians up at the top and nothing but thunder all the way down. For me, I'm having the most fun I've had in a while. But with the matchups, having us two (switch-hitters) back-to-back makes it tough."

Swisher came in with just 16 hits and five RBI in his first 100 at-bats in postseason play since joining the Yanks in 2009. Teixeira, who entered this series batting .170 (18-for-106) as a Yank over three Octobers, had two singles and a walk over five plate appearances.

Alex Rodriguez was not as successful in Game 1, going 0-for-4 and striking out three times with runners in scoring position, including against ex-Met Darren O'Day with two runners on to end the seventh inning.