Sabathia finally stopped the losing streak with an impressive start as he pitched 8.0 innings, scattering 7 hits and 2 earned runs. Both the Yankee and Royal offenses were shut down after scoring 2 runs each in the first inning. No further scoring until the top of the 7th and with 2 outs:
KANSAS CITY — Hours after Mariano Rivera stood before his teammates and promised his return, the Yankees made good on the closer’s demand to get their season back on track.
CC Sabathia was the right man to have on the mound for such an occasion, hurling eight strong innings to win his fourth straight start as the Yankees defeated the Royals, 6-2, on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
“I’m glad CC was pitching tonight,” said Mark Teixeira, who homered to help New York break a three-game losing streak. “When you have a little bit of a skid, it’s always good to have that ace. That’s why an ace is so important.”
Eduardo Nunez’s go-ahead RBI triple opened the floodgates in a four-run seventh inning that also featured a two-run homer from Derek Jeter, capping an emotional 24 hours after Rivera was lost for the season with a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee.
“You’ve got to have a short memory here,” said Jeter, who is batting .404 and leads the Majors with 44 hits. “Every time you go out, you have to forget about what’s happened, and we played well tonight. CC pitched well; he deserves a lot of credit, and Nuney came up with a big hit.”
David Robertson was summoned for the ninth inning in a non-save situation as the Yankees’ bullpen went into operation for the first time without Rivera since 2003, the closer’s last trip to the disabled list. Rafael Soriano warmed up for the eighth but did not enter.
“I wouldn’t say I really thought about it, but I knew I had to get three outs and finish the game,” Robertson said. “It’s going to be like that, I guess, from now until the end of the season.”
The Yankees gave Sabathia a first-inning lead facing Bruce Chen, as Teixeira continued his dominance against the journeyman left-hander with a two-run homer. It was Teixeira’s seventh homer in just the 20th at-bat of his career against Chen…..Read More
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