New York hitters waited out Justin Verlander for the second time in six days, this time for four runs over the first two innings. Mark Teixeira singled in a run in the opening inning, then drew a two-out walk that loaded the bases for Jorge Posada’s RBI pass in the second. Kevin Cash added an RBI single, and Nick Swisher had a sacrifice fly. That is all the Yankees would get.
Unfortunately, CC Sabathia wasn’t any better. Sabathia’s second start with the Yankees didn’t last through the second inning, thanks to five runs on six hits, including Sheffield’s homer and three straight singles. Solo shots from Sheffield and Ramirez comprised the bulk of the damage against Alfredo Aceves in his 3 1/3 innings. Brian Bruney fanned two in a scoreless frame.
The Yankees get an off-day Thursday before hitting the road for their first matchup against the Red Sox at 7:05 in Fort Myers, Fla. Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to make his third start, opposite knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
The box score can be found here.