With more than 150 family and friends in the stands, CC Sabathia heard the cheers when he walked to the bullpen and even more when he was introduced to the crowd in the stadium he used to come to as a kid.
Sabathia pitched eight sharp innings to win in Oakland, leading the Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Athletics.
Derek Jeter had his third straight three-hit game and also knocked in the go-ahead run in a five-run sixth inning.
Sabathia gave up solo homers in the first two innings to Kurt Suzuki and Tommy Everidge. CC got into some trouble again, but got rid of Ryan Sweeney with the bases loaded to get out of a fourth-inning jam and cruised the rest of the way.
He allowed five hits and struck out seven in eight innings in a crisp 94-pitch performance, with 62 strikes thrown.
The game was tied at 2 when the Yankees broke it open in the sixth. Jeter followed with his RBI single that gave the Yankees the lead and the captain his third straight three-hit game. Johnny Damon added an RBI double, Rodriguez drove in a run when he walked with the bases loaded, Hideki Matsui hit an RBI single and Jorge Posada capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Jeter is in the middle of quite a stretch, batting (20-for-36) over his past nine games. MVP, anyone?
Chad Gaudin has his first start as a Yankee today. He’s had one good outing and one bad outing. Who knows which one will show up.