In a matchup of aces, CC Sabathia outpitched (arguably) the best in the American League and led the Yankees to their second and most-impressive win of the year. Sabathia delivered seven scoreless innings, letting the Yankees avoid a series sweep with a 7-0 win against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. The Yankees did all of their early offensive damage in the second inning when — of all people — Francisco Cervelli had an RBI double and Jayson Nix had a two-out, two-run home run. Sabathia took it from there, showing improved fastball velocity while allowing only four hits, none of which went for extra-bases. The Yankees tacked on four runs off the Tigers bullpen — another RBI for Cervelli, two for Kevin Youkilis — and let Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera close out the win. A lot has gone wrong for the Yankees in this first week of the season, but for at least one day, a lot went right.
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