Maybe CC Sabathia’s physique may be good after all.
The Yankees’ ace ignored a scary comebacker just below his neck and collarbone for his 18th victory, Mark Teixeira homered twice and drove in a season-high five runs and New York resumed their cruise to the AL East title with a 10-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.
CC’s first pitch after receiving that line drive was a 96 mph fastball.
Sabathia allowed four hits and one run in seven innings.
He also kept New York six games ahead of second-place Boston for the division lead, with 13 games left in the regular season.
After Sabathia got up from the comebacker, he finished the inning — and two more scoreless ones after it, retiring the last seven he faced.
Teixeira’s five RBIs leaves the MVP candidate with 118, most in the AL. He is second in the AL with 37 home runs, two behind injured Carlos Pena.
His second home run, in the ninth off Luke French, just cleared the wall in left-center field. Had it gone off it, he likely would have hit for his second career cycle.
Hideki Matsui hit his 26th home run in the fourth. He passed Don Baylor for most homers by a Yankees’ designated hitter in a season. It was also his 86th RBI. You know what’s funny? Matsui is 8th in the team in at-bats, yet he is second on the team with RBIs. Sad, but he won’t be signed to a new contract this winter.
The Yankees go for the rubber game today. It’ll be Joba Chamberlain on the mound for a 4:10pm EST start.