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Angels' Palmer outpitches Yankees' high-priced Sabathia

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Matt Palmer's paycheck is no match for CC Sabathia. Take a look at their win totals, though.

Palmer outpitched Sabathia for his second major league victory, and the Los Angeles Angels broke open a tight game in the late innings to beat the New York Yankees 8-4 on Saturday.

Kendry Morales homered and drove in two runs, Torii Hunter chased Sabathia with a two-run double in a four-run seventh and the Angels ended New York's four-game winning streak.

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A 30-year-old rookie, Palmer (2-0) pitched three-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings before Los Angeles' struggling bullpen closed it out. Filling in for an Angels rotation decimated by injuries, he retired 14 straight batters between Hideki Matsui's RBI single in the first and Derek Jeter's leadoff double in the sixth.

"It's not about the guy that I was facing on the mound. He's not the guy I have to worry about," Palmer said. "I'm not surprising myself. I felt that I could always do it, just had to get the opportunity."

It was another disappointing outing for Sabathia (1-3), the free-agent prize who signed a $161 million, seven-year contract in the offseason.

The big lefty is winless in his last four starts since beating Kansas City on April 11.

"He's had some good games that he's pitched and hasn't won. I think CC has done OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We haven't scored a lot of runs for him."

Palmer spent seven seasons in the minors before making his big league debut with San Francisco last year, and he had an 11.74 ERA in two Triple-A starts this season before beating Detroit 10-5 in his Angels debut April 23.

Far from overpowering, the right-hander held the Yankees to one run after they totaled 36 during the winning streak.

"This afternoon was a case in point of him trusting the movement on his fastball," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We knew it was in him to do this. Hopefully, it's the start of the change in a guy's career, because he has good stuff."

The bottom two batters in Los Angeles' lineup, Brandon Wood and injury sub Maicer Izturis, singled to start the seventh.

Two outs later, Howie Kendrick snapped a 1-all tie when he grounded an RBI infield single up the middle. Hunter followed with a drive off the left-field fence on Sabathia's 119th pitch, and Mike Napoli's single off Jonathan Albaladejo made it 5-1.

"I've got to do a better job of keeping us in the game. I got two strikes and two outs and I just didn't make a pitch," Sabathia said. "I'm throwing the ball better than the first two or three starts. I'm throwing the ball better than I did at this time last year."

Jose Arredondo escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half by retiring Jeter on a comebacker, and Morales homered to right-center leading off the eighth against Jose Veras.

Juan Rivera added an RBI single in the ninth, and another run scored on an error by right fielder Melky Cabrera.

Fernando Rodriguez, making his major league debut, gave up Jorge Posada's two-run shot in the ninth. It was the 31st home run at the new Yankee Stadium -- at least one in each of the nine games.

Jeter's throwing error helped the Angels tie it at 1 in the sixth on Morales' groundout. The next inning, Los Angeles solved Sabathia.

"Later in the game for some reason it just seemed like he started throwing a little more fastballs and guys just kind of -- we made the adjustment a little bit," Kendrick said. "We had a couple key hits and it seemed like once we got that first run in, guys started swinging the bats a little more."

Izturis took over at shortstop in the first inning after Erick Aybar was hit in the mouth by a deflected throw. X-rays were negative and Aybar might be available to play Sunday.

Notes

  • Angels OF Bobby Abreu sat out with a tight lower back.
  • Scioscia said LHP Darren Oliver (strained left triceps) should be activated from the disabled list Monday.
  • Yankees OF Nick Swisher sat out while receiving treatment on his bruised right elbow.
  • New York's Robinson Cano went 0 for 4, ending his 18-game hitting streak.
 
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Matt Palmer retires 14 straight batters at one point en route to his second win in the major leagues.  (AP)
Matt Palmer retires 14 straight batters at one point en route to his second win in the major leagues. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

M. Palmer
IP 6.1
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
New York

J. Posada
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, DH3000101 .226
Gary Matthews Jr., RF5000025 .278
Howie Kendrick, 2B5121020 .264
Torii Hunter, CF5212011 .314
Mike Napoli, C2111200 .314
Kendry Morales, 1B4222101 .280
Juan Rivera, LF5021002 .304
Brandon Wood, 3B4120124 .333
Erick Aybar, SS0000000 .276
    Maicer Izturis, SS4110005 .286
Totals37811757  
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (7, Sabathia)
HR - Kendry Morales (4, Veras)
SH - Chone Figgins (1)
RBI - Howie Kendrick (17), Torii Hunter 2 (18), Mike Napoli (9), Kendry Morales 2 (16), Juan Rivera (7)
2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (5), Torii Hunter 2 (5), Mike Napoli (4), Juan Rivera (4)
SB - Torii Hunter (2, 3rd base off Sabathia/Molina), Mike Napoli (2, 2nd base off Sabathia/Molina), Maicer Izturis (3, 2nd base off Veras/Posada)
CS - Mike Napoli (2, 2nd base by Albaladejo/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Gary Matthews Jr. (1, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Angels
Matt Palmer (W,2-0) 6.1311220 3.65
Jose Arredondo (H,7) 0.2000110 6.35
Scot Shields 1000000 7.71
Fernando Rodriguez 0.2132211 27.00
Jason Bulger 0.1000010 11.25
HBP - Jeter (by Matt Palmer)
WP - Fernando Rodriguez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Palmer 101-57, Jose Arredondo 13-6, Scot Shields 6-4, Fernando Rodriguez 34-20, Jason Bulger 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Palmer 10-7, Jose Arredondo 1-0, Fernando Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Palmer 25, Jose Arredondo 3, Scot Shields 3, Fernando Rodriguez 6, Jason Bulger 1
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4110003 .275
Johnny Damon, LF5000013 .276
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000101 .182
Hideki Matsui, DH4011011 .288
Robinson Cano, 2B4000001 .363
Melky Cabrera, RF3110102 .321
Jose Molina, C2000100 .258
    Angel Berroa, 3B1000011 .222
Ramiro Pena, 3B2000010 .313
   a- Jorge Posada, PH-C2112012 .293
Brett Gardner, CF2100200 .222
Totals3244355  
a-struck out for Pena in the 7th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (5, Palmer)
HR - Jorge Posada (5, F. Rodriguez)
RBI - Hideki Matsui (11), Jorge Posada 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Posada 2 (11)
SB - Derek Jeter (5, 2nd base off Palmer/Napoli)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Melky Cabrera (1, Misplayed grounder), Derek Jeter (1, Throwing)
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia (L,1-3) 6.2854150 4.85
Jonathan Albaladejo 0.1100000 7.30
Jose Veras 1111201 8.03
David Robertson 1121220 5.40
HBP - Napoli (by CC Sabathia)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 119-78, Jonathan Albaladejo 1-1, Jose Veras 26-10, David Robertson 24-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 8-8, Jose Veras 1-2
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 31, Jonathan Albaladejo 1, Jose Veras 6, David Robertson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 44970
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt