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CC Sabathia shuts down Blue Jays in return from disabled list

Jul 17, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

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Back from the disabled list, CC Sabathia didn’t look like he missed a beat. Then again, the Yankees hardly missed one while he was gone.

Sabathia pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-1 on Tuesday.

The AL East-leading Yankees went 12-6 while their ace was sidelined due to a groin strain.

Sabathia was sharp tonight even though he didn’t have the benefit of a rehab start. 66 of his 87 pitches were strikes. It couldn’t have hurt that Jose Bautista was nowhere to be found in the middle of the Toronto lineup. Bautista, though, is just 1-for-19 lifetime against Sabathia anyway.

With the victory, Sabathia improved to 10-3 on the season. His ERA is down to 3.27.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    CC comes off the DL and spins 6+ scoreless innings as the Yankees add another win to their MLB best total, defeating the Blue Jays 6 to 1, clinching this series. The Ibanez/Jones platoon with 24 home runs and 65 RBI this year. Blue Jays sure missed Bautista tonight.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      You are right Randy. The Jays did miss Bautista. They also missed having Morrow pitch in this series. Your initial guess that Morrow would be out until sometime in August is unfortunately proving to be accurate.The good news is that Bautista may just miss 15 days.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        And the Yanks missed having Gardner, Mo, Joba, ect. Need a crying towel there proudly? Injuries are part of the game, good teams overcome that stuff, your team was never good right from the start which is why they will finish Last, Last, Last!!!

  2. zidanevalor - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Sorry that this is off-topic, but has anyone else noticed that A-Rod leads the Yankees in steals this year with 10?

    • cdeangelus - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      A-Rod is going to be the leading stealer from the Yankees for another 5 years.

      • number42is1 - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM


      • protius - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        You are just so clever.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        Actually I thought that one was pretty good, and I’m pretty sick of all the lame A-Rod cracks.

  3. jon623 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    That’s pretty awful news for the rest of the league that the Yanks could go 12-6 without him, then when he comes back without a rehab start, throws a very solid outing…. Yanks/Angels in the AL ALCS would be AWESOME this year.

    • jon623 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      ALCS* Sorry fellas.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    The jays are now below .500, time to realize the season is over folks. You will not be buyers at the deadline and to be honest i dont think you could be sellers either. Expect it to get much worse and there will be no help provided by the most overrated farm system in MLB.

  5. randygnyc - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    As I see it, the rangers are the second strongest team in all of baseball. Whoever survives the ALCS, easily wins the world series this year.

  6. randygnyc - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Hey dirty- Yankee fans get a free pass as far as I’m concerned, and a spot on my team. That is until they otherwise show they don’t want any camaraderie. Gloating after winning a division, pennant or world series is great. Certain times, when I feel like gloating, I become empathetic. Why? Well after awful circumstances, gloating isn’t nice. The fact is I’m an intelligent person and I’m nice. I never want people to think I’m neither..

    • cur68 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:41 AM

      Forget that guy, Randy. He isn’t at all typical of Yankee fans on this site. He’s just a giant asshole who probably doesn’t live in New York anyways. More than that, if his parole officer gets wind of what he’s been up to on the interwebs his arse will be back behind bars faster than he can scratch his hairy ass.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Im sorry i forgot to introduce myself randy, i “hate” the bluejays and anything bad that happens to them im loving it. And really its hard not to feel that way when you see some of their fans like proudly and cur68 who write the same nonsense here time and time again. Well im the ANTI proudly and cur68 and thats how it is.

      • protius - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

        Harry, you have to forgive cur, he’s a little sensitive right now; his wife left him to be with a man.

  7. uyf1950 - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    CC looked even better last night then he has in most of his starts this season before going on the DL for 2 plus weeks. That’s a very good sign. And with Nova, Hughes, Kuroda and even Freddy pitching well the pitching staff looks to be in very good shape for the last 2 months or so of the regular season.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Agreed. I thought that he had been very ordinary in most of his starts this season. He sure wasn’t ordinary yesterday.

    • number42is1 - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      I believe that this is the only start this season where he did not give up a run.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        He didn’t allow an earned run against the Rays back on May 10th however the Rays did get 2 UNearned runs against him due to errors in that game.

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