Despite all of his struggles, the Yankees had actually won four of CC Sabathia’s past six starts. Didn’t win today, though, and after a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox, the Yankees supposed-to-be ace is a .500 pitcher with a career-high 13 losses. Tampa Bay plays tonight to determine whether the Yankees will lose another game in the wild card standings, but they’ve already suffered another blow with Alfonso Soriano scratched because of a sprained thumb. Should know more about his status shortly. As for Sabathia, there’s little mystery about him at this point. He allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks through six innings. The Red Sox scored at least one run in four straight innings, making this the sixth time in his past 11 starts that Sabathia allowed at least five runs. Curtis Granderson tripled and doubled, but he was the only Yankees base runner to reach scoring position. Otherwise, they had just one hit — Brendan Ryan’s fifth-inning single — and two walks. The Red Sox had more base runners in the first three innings than the Yankees had all game.
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