CC Sabathia has five starts this season. He’s pitched into the eighth inning in three of them. The only games when he pitched fewer than seven innings were Opening Day and the rain-shortened game against Texas when he pitched all six innings that were played.
“I was getting behind a lot early in the year last year,” Sabathia said. “So you just try to focus on being aggressive in the strike zone.”
Through his first five starts last season, Sabathia was 1-2 with a 4.73 ERA. This year he’s 3-1 with a 3.12. His command wasn’t especially sharp tonight, and he allowed 11 hits, but Sabathia walked only two batters, he stranded seven and the Orioles went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
“Even though he was struggling with his command, he was still finding a way to throw strikes and getting them to put the ball in play and not walking people,” Joe Girardi said. “To me, that’s why he won the game.”
Here’s Sabathia talking about his outing.
And here’s Posada talking about his banged up knee.
• Derek Jeter said he didn’t know his first-inning double tied him with Don Mattingly for the third most doubles in Yankees history. “Nobody told me that,” he said. “I had no idea.”
• Girardi on the possibility of adding a catcher from the minor leagues. “I’ll talk to Cash after the game and talk to him tomorrow and see if we have to do something.”
• Robinson Cano hit his sixth homer of the season and raised his average to .390.
• Nick Markakis hit a home run in the seventh. It was the first home run of the season for Markakis, and it was the first home run Sabathia had allowed in eight starts at Camden Yards.
• Nick Swisher has tied a career high with two triples this season.
• The bottom of the Yankees lineup — spots 6 through 9 — combined for nine hits, four runs and three RBI. All four had at least two hits, with Swisher getting three.
• Let Jeter have the final word: “We had some good at-bats and we scored some runs and CC was on the mound,” Jeter said. “So it was a good day for us.”
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