Yankees on a Roll…

April 17, 2010

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Bronx, NY CC Sabathia turned in another dominant performance as the New York Yankees took a 5-1 decision over the Texas Rangers in a game called after six innings.

Coming off a 7 2/3 innings, one-hit performance against the Rays last Saturday, Sabathia (2-0) was again stellar on the mound as he fought through the raindrops and gave up just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts over six innings to start this three-game set. He had a string of striking out six consecutive hitters.

“I felt pretty good out there tonight,” said Sabathia. “I was just trying to get my pitches across and get ahead in the count and I was able to do that. I feel pretty good and want to keep it going.”

Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Francisco Cervelli had two hits and drove in a run for the Yankees, who have won five of their last six games.

Vladimir Guerrero drove in the only run while Michael Young scored for the Rangers, who have dropped their past two games. C.J. Wilson (0-1) was charged with five runs — three earned — on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts over six innings.

“They got some hits that had funny bounces and weird spins, there was nothing I could do,” said Wilson. “I just wanted to give my team a good performance, but Sabathia was out of his mind tonight, not much you can do when he’s throwing like that.”

Texas got to Sabathia in the first inning. With one out, Young hit a ball back to short that Derek Jeter was unable to field for a single. Josh Hamilton followed with a double and Guerrero’s sacrifice fly plated Young.

The Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the frame. Jeter led off with a single and Nick Johnson walked. Mark Teixeira then hit into a double play, but a passed ball allowed Jeter to score.

The Yankees took the lead in the fourth as the rain began. The first three batters reached base and, after Marcus Thames struck out, Curtis Granderson hit a sharp grounder to first. Chris Davis made a nice play on the ball, but his throw to second hit off the back of Nick Swisher and went into the outfield, allowing two runners to score. Cervelli followed with a bloop single to left to plate Swisher for a 4-1 lead.

The sacrifice fly in the first was the start of Sabathia retiring the next 12 batters before a one-out single by Joaquin Arias in the fifth. That included the surge of six consecutive strikeouts.

In the sixth, the Yanks tacked on another run to make it a 5-1 game. With one out, Thames singled and was replaced on the basepaths by Brett Gardner. After Granderson struck out, Gardner stole second and moved to third on Cervelli’s infield single. Jeter then hit a single off the glove of Wilson that allowed Gardner to score.

After the inning, the game was delayed for one hour and five minutes before finally being stopped for good.

Game Notes

Jeter and Robinson Cano, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored, have both hit safely in all 10 New York games this season. It’s the first time a Yankee duo have had a hit in each of the first 10 games of the season…Before the game, the Yankees placed reliever Chan Ho Park on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. To take his spot, the team recalled lefty Boone Logan from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


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