CC Sabathia has generally been good, his previous start against the Red Sox notwithstanding. But he finally turned in a dominant start, allowing just three hits and fanning 10 in this 6-3 win over the Mariners.
“CC’s a winner,” Joe Girardi said. “Very seldom I have ever got to worry about CC. I thought he pitched a heck of a game. He went right at the hitters like he always does, but his stuff was really effective.”
CC gave up at least nine hits six times in the final two months last season and then didn’t have a wonderful postseason. There were questions about his weight.
“Last year is last year,” Sabathia said. “I usually feel good at the end of the year. I had some problems last year. But I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited and feel pretty good.”
The Mariners don’t hit much to begin with, but after watching Sabathia’s dipping two-seamer and the rest of his assortment, manager Eric Wedge said: “I think he beats anybody tonight with what he was throwing out there.”
Sabathia is up to 11-3, becoming just the fourth pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to win 11 games in each of his first 12 seasons.
Eric Chavez came out after eight because the ankle he hurt in the Red Sox series was acting up. He came in to put ice on it.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Girardi said.
Chavez has been using an Andruw Jones bat for a few months. This time, Chavez hit the decisive two-run homer.
“It just feels comfortable,” Chavez said.
Before the game, Mark Teixeira met with a doctor and went through batting practice, and he found that he was good to go after missing two games. He had received a cortisone shot for left wrist inflammation. He went 1 for 4.
“Everything checked out pretty good,” Teixeira said. “Hopefully no more issues.”
Ichiro Suzuki went 1 for 4, giving him one hit in each of his first 10 games as a Yankee. That equals the longest hitting streak to start a Yankees career, matching Rey Sanchez in 1997.
Derek Jeter took sole possession of 10th on the all-time list for games played for those who spent their whole career with one team. This was game No. 2,529 for him.
The Yankees have homered in 21 straight home games.
There’s a good pitching matchup later today, Hiroki Kuroda and Felix Hernandez.