His ERA through seven starts stands at 5.75, which goes with a 3-4 record.
“I think last year I got down on myself and made myself miserable,” Sabathia said. “This year, I’m going to stay positive. … I know I can get these guys out.”
He had trouble with that in the 5-1 loss to the Rays Sunday, giving up the five runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3. He heard the boos coming off.
“I would’ve booed myself today, too,” Sabathia said. “I wouldn’t want to come to the ballpark and watch that.”
It was his shortest outing since 2009.
“I still think he’s evolving into a different type of pitcher,” Joe Girardi said, “but today he didn’t have his normal type of stuff.”
Hiroki Kuroda is 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA in six starts. Then there are the injuries to Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda.
“Is it a concern? Sure,” Larry Rothschild said. “But I think Kuroda and CC have a chance to get things going here.”
Alfredo Aceves pitched well in long relief, allowing no runs and three hits over the final 5 1/3.
“He did a heck of a job today,” Girardi said. “He saved our bullpen.”
Aceves had a problem in the fifth in the right thigh area.
“The doctor checked it out and said it was OK,” Aceves said.
Alfonso Soriano had a double and now needs just three hits to become the seventh with 1,000 hits in the AL and the NL.
Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 in the game and 4 for 30 on the homestand. His average fell to .240. But he said he feels good.
“When you’re an older player, any time you go through a slump, the age thing is going to be brought up,” Girardi said. “… We have to get him back on track.”
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