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CC Sabathia earns win No. 13 with 1-0 shutout of Rays

Jul 10, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

CC Sabathia, A. J. Burnett AP

A top-notch pitching duel brought the first half to a close in the Bronx on Sunday, as the Yankees beat the Rays 1-0, with both CC Sabathia and James Shields going the distance.

It was Sabathia’s first shutout since 2009 and second as a Yankee, and he became the first pitcher to 13 victories this season.

Shields, who has three shutouts this season, had to settle for his seventh complete game in 19 starts.  He fell to 8-7 despite the strong effort.

Both pitchers allowed four hits.

Earlier in the day, Shields was removed from the All-Star roster, a consequence of him pitching today, and replaced by Sabathia, who was automatically scratched as well.

The game’s one run was unearned, and it took two pretty crazy errors to score it.  Robinson Cano singled to open the bottom of the seventh.  After a Jorge Posada fly to shallow center, B.J. Upton tried to double Cano off first, only to throw wildly and allow Cano to advance to third.  Cano then scored on a wild pickoff attempt from Shields.

(It was actually a great move from Shields; Cano had no idea it was coming and would have been out easy if the throw hadn’t sailed over Evan Longoria‘s head).

The Rays’ were denied their 50th victory for the second straight day, so they’ll enter the break 49-41.  The Yankees are 53-35.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Great, great outing by CC. Complete game shutout, 9 K’s, 1 Walk over a very good Rays team. He also has his seasons ERA down to 2.72. He’s only given up 1 earned run in his last 4 games (31 2/3 innings). The dude must love the hot weather. That’s just my opinion, the rest of the stuff are facts.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      You are right. Coming from a guy who isn’t a Yankee or a CC fan, I don’t know who he didn’t make the initial all-start team. Mind boggling.

      • Old Gator - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        I suspect that while he’s sitting on a chaise in the Bahamas this week, listening to steel drum bands, sipping rum punch and noshing on conch fritters – all of which he has lushly earned – he’s not really going to give a flying shit about it.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:24 PM

        Old Gator, I suspect you’re right. But that still doesn’t justify the snub.

  2. Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Good thing that East Coast Bias didn’t make yet another Yankee an All Star.

    • nixonotis - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      You’re embarrassing yourself.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

        The only embarrassment was CC having to be a replacement.

  3. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Being a sox fan , it is easy for me to admit that CC is great , he is a fun pitcher to watch , after Derek Jeter , CC is probably one of the classiest guys on the team , for how good he is , he never seems to be very cocky.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      I agree (fellow Red Sox fan).

      CC is a fun pitcher to watch…strong as an ox…I love watching him throw. He just makes it look effortless. His build ensures that he’ll be durable for years to come.

  4. Ick McWang - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Shields really worked on that pickoff move in the offseason. In a lot of his complete games he had at least one pickoff. A good pickoff is money for a starter, saves pitches

  5. uyf1950 - Jul 10, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    I think if the players are going to continue with the “pie” thing. It should be mandated that someone on the team that actually contributes to the teams success do the “pie” thing. That would eliminate AJ.

  6. reptar24 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    Must be tough getting so many wins with 6-7 runs behind him every start. Hell of a pitcher, none the less.

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