CC Sabathia came eight outs away from a perfect game tonight. He settled for a career-high 14 strikeouts and a 4-1 Yankees win. Perfection ended with Brendan Ryan’s seventh-inning single to left field, and Sabathia responded by striking out the next two batters. The weather was a bigger problem than the Mariners, and after the game’s second rain delay, Sabathia walked the bases loaded with no outs in the eighth — his only walks of the night — only to have Dave Robertson come out of the bullpen to get out of the jam with only one run coming around to score. Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira each hit their 28th home runs of the season.
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