CC Sabathia threw strikes today in Detroit, but they weren’t all quality strikes, and when he left pitches in the middle of the plate, the Tigers took advantage.
“I felt pretty good, actually, Sabathia said. “Just hung a couple of balls. When my pitches were right they were swinging early in the count, getting ground balls. Just one of those days today where I kind of lost it.”
This was the second start in a row in which Sabathia allowed two damaging home runs. It was the back-to-back home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch that gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the fourth. It was a two-seamer in a bad spot to Cabrera and a breaking ball to Boesch.
“Just have to try to make better pitches,” Sabathia said.
Here’s Sabathia talking to the media after the game.
• Sabathia came out after just 79 pitches, but that was strictly because Joe Girardi decided to get him out of the game. “I just got him out,” Girardi said. “Physically he’s fine.”
• Derek Jeter was hit by a Justin Verlander pitch in the left pinky. “I’m alright,” he said. As if you expected him to say anything else.
• This morning, Joe Girardi indicated that there was no change of either Phil Hughes or Javier Vazquez coming back on short rest to start Sunday’s game. This afternoon he hedged a little bit, saying he doesn’t expect to do that but that he’s not sure what he’ll do for a starter that game. Sergio Mitre seems to be the most logical candidate — it will almost surely be him — but Girardi wants to make sure he doesn’t need Mitre in relief between now and then. He might wait until after Saturday’s game to make an announcement.
• Girardi expects Nick Swisher to be able to play tomorrow. He said Swisher could have hit right-handed tonight but Girardi wanted to stay away from him if he could.
• Like Romulo Sanchez before him, Ivan Nova (that’s him in the picture) made a strong debut, pitching two scoreless innings of long relief for the Yankees.
• Brett Gardner has reached base in 15 straight games.
• The Yankees have been shutout twice in one season by the same team for the first time since 2007 against Baltimore.
• Rookie Brennan Boesch was awfully good this series. He’s hit safely 10 of his past 11 games. “Maybe once a year comes a hitter that really stands out to me, a rookie hitter,” Mark Teixeira said. “And this guy is impressive.”
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