Yankees ace baffles Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — CC Sabathia was going to lose his no-hit bid one way or another.
Former batterymate Kelly Shoppach made Yankees manager Joe Girardi's decision a whole lot simpler, lining a sharp single to left with two outs in the eighth inning of New York's 10-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday.
"It makes it easy now, but there would have been fighting out there on the mound," Sabathia said after learning Girardi planned to remove him regardless of what Shoppach did because of a high pitch count (111).
With a large contingent of Yankees fans among the Tropicana Field crowd of 29,892 chanting "Let's go, CC!" Shoppach's hit on a 1-0 pitch fell cleanly in front of left fielder Brett Gardner and ended the closest call of the big lefty's career.
Girardi immediately bounced out of the dugout to remove Sabathia, who walked two and struck out five. The left-hander threw 69 of his 111 pitches for strikes.
But Girardi said he had no intentions of allowing Sabathia to pitch beyond Shoppach, who caught for Sabathia in Cleveland.
"Watching that pitch count go up and up and up, that was what was on my mind the most. Shoppach was his last hitter no matter what," Girardi said. "He did not know that going out. I told him when he came out. It's not something you want to do, but you have to think big picture."
David Robertson pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to complete a combined two-hitter.
Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer off Wade Davis in the fourth inning, and the Yankees scored two more in the fifth on Derek Jeter's run-scoring single and Mark Teixeira's RBI double.
BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 0
Dana Eveland pitched brilliantly into the eighth inning in his Toronto debut, and the visiting Blue Jays got two RBIs from No. 9 hitter Jose Molina. Eveland (1-0) allowed five hits in 7[0xb0] innings. The left-hander permitted only two runners to get past second base.
MARINERS 4, RANGERS 3
Franklin Gutierrez drove in the go-ahead run to cap a three-run ninth inning against Frank Francisco of host Texas. Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey Jr. and Gutierrez had consecutive RBI singles in the ninth for Seattle.
TWINS 2, WHITE SOX 1
Jason Kubel hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning and Scott Baker pitched seven sharp innings, leading visiting Minnesota over Chicago. Baker allowed one run on five hits.
TIGERS 4, INDIANS 2
Jeremy Bonderman gave up one hit in five innings and Magglio Ordonez had a two-run homer for host Detroit. Bonderman started for the first time at home in nearly two years since having surgery to break up a blood clot in his right shoulder.
RED SOX 8, ROYALS 3
Jeremy Hermida and Jason Varitek homered on consecutive pitches from Zack Greinke in the fifth and visiting Boston went deep five times. Varitek added a second homer, and Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia also connected for Boston.
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 3
Hideki Matsui singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning for host Los Angeles. With Bobby Abreu at second and Torii Hunter at first, Matsui hit a 2-0 pitch from Craig Breslow just inside the right-field line.
NATIONALS 4, METS 3
Willie Harris made a game-ending diving catch in left field, and Willy Taveras drove in a career-high four runs for visiting Washington. In the ninth, Washington closer Matt Capps loaded the bases with two outs. Rod Barajas lined a hard shot to left, but Harris came on and made a diving grab to end the game.
PADRES 5, ROCKIES 4
Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, sending visiting San Diego over Colorado. David Eckstein began the inning with a bloop single off Manuel Corpas. Gonzalez followed with a double that rolled to the right-field wall, allowing Eckstein to come around.
CUBS 4, REDS 3
Carlos Zambrano pitched seven solid innings, and pinch-hitter Jeff Baker hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning for visiting Chicago. Zambrano held the Reds to six hits, including Brandon Phillips' homer, and struck out nine.
CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 1
Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer and Jaime Garcia gave up one run in six innings for visiting St. Louis. Yovani Gallardo struggled in his first outing since signing a big contract extension with the Brewers, giving up six runs in five inning.
PHILLIES 9, ASTROS 6
Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth drove in three runs apiece, and visiting Philadelphia sent Houston to its worst start (0-5) in 27 years. Victorino, a St. Anthony alum from Maui, had an RBI single in the seventh and two-run homer in the ninth.
PIRATES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3
Aki Iwamura and Jeff Clement homered off Arizona ace Dan Haren, and Zach Duke allowed four hits in seven innings for visiting Pittsburgh. Duke threw six scoreless inning before Arizona's Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer some 476 feet to left.
BRAVES 7, GIANTS 2
Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs, and Derek Lowe won his second consecutive start for host Atlanta. Lowe scattered four hits over six innings. Peter Moylan, Takashi Saito and Jesse Chavez completed the six-hitter.
MARLINS 7, DODGERS 6
Jorge Cantu's sacrifice fly scored Chris Coghlan to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning for host Florida. Pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino's two-run double tied the game.