This is one of those moments when it must feel good for the Yankees to have CC Sabathia at the front of their pitching staff.
The lineup has suddenly — and somewhat inexplicably — stopped hitting. Three days ago, Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game. Derek Jeter had eight hits in four days, Brett Gardner was getting on base again, Curtis Granderson’s new swing was paying immediate dividends and Mark Teixeira was hitting .305 with 11 home runs in his previous 30 games.
Things were actually looking pretty good until the Yankees stopped scoring for two days. Now Rodriguez is day-to-day, Nick Swisher is banged up and Lance Berkman has a bad ankle.
At least they’ve faced Justin Verlander before.
Sabathia has been back to his workhorse self. He was one out away from a complete game in his last start, and he went eight innings in the start before that. He has 15 wins this season — seven of them in his past 10 starts — and he has a 2.44 ERA since the end of May. It’s a good day to have the big man on the mound.
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