July 7, 2009

Yankees rout Twins

CC Sabathia pitched like he should, and the Yankees (49-34) gave him run support like they should, and they beat the Twins (43-41) 10-2, like they should.

Quick ‘Cap:
The Yankees had a 5-1 lead after four innings and then beat up the Twins’ bullpen for five more runs in the sixth. Robinson Cano snapped an 0-for-21 streak with runners in scoring position when he drove in the first two runs of the sixth. Brett Gardner tripled Cano and Nick Swisher home, and then Francisco Cervelli doubled in Gardner.

Sabathia tossed seven innings of one-run ball, and only allowed three hits. He walked one and struck out just three. Brett Tomko pitched the final two innings without blowing the nine-run lead, so it was a good outing. Full box score here.

There was no doubt about this one from the start. Not with the way CC was pitching, and certainly not with the way the Yankees hit the baseball. They totaled 16 hits (13 singles, two doubles and one triple). The margin of victory could have been ridiculous if Carlos Gomez didn’t rob Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam in the fourth.

Line of the Night:
Mark Teixeira: 4-for-6, RBI, R. He’s been a little cold recently, and a breakout game was overdue. He still hasn’t homered since June 12.

Up Next:
A.J. Burnett (7-4, 3.83) will take on Glen Perkins (4-4, 4.38) in game two of the series Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m. EST.

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