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Yanks' Sabathia first in AL to win 16 games; A-Rod sits

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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are going to need several more performances like CC Sabathia's on Tuesday night to help compensate for the loss of Alex Rodriguez's big bat.

Sabathia was dominant again at home for seven innings, helping offset the loss of A-Rod to a left calf strain, and Nick Swisher had a two-run single in a 6-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers.

"CC knows how to shut the door," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "When he needs to make an adjustment he's able to do it."

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Rodriguez hurt his calf Monday and left the Yankees' loss to Detroit after four innings. He had an MRI on Tuesday night and it showed a low-grade strain. He is day to day, and the slugger is not sure how long he will be out.

"I feel surprisingly better than I thought," Rodriguez said. "Hopefully it'll just be a day-to-day thing."

Rodriguez said he will not give it a try Wednesday against the Tigers.

"I anticipate it will be a few days, including today," Girardi said.

Said general manager Brian Cashman: "It's not a serious situation but it's obviously serious for the fact that we don't have him for a period of time. ... We'll give him a couple of days of rest now, that he'll have to have."

Curtis Granderson hit a home run against his former team and Robinson Cano connected from the cleanup spot for New York. Cano moved up a spot in the order with Rodriguez out.

Brett Gardner had two hits, scored twice and stole a base from the leadoff spot a night after making an aggressive slide into second base in an attempt to break up a game-ending double play. Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen injured his knee on the play and sat out Tuesday -- and had an MRI. There was no retaliation, though.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said the "MRI was clean, and right now we're saying he's day to day."

Sabathia (16-5) became the AL's first 16-game winner and improved to 14-0 in his past 19 regular-season starts at home, a streak that began with seven scoreless innings against his opponent Tuesday, Justin Verlander, on July 18, 2009.

The big lefty started Tuesday by giving up a home run to former Yankees prospect Austin Jackson on the first pitch but settled down to mow through the Tigers' lineup until Brandon Inge led off the seventh with a home run.

Sabathia gave up five hits over seven innings. He helped end the Tigers' first three-game winning streak since they won five straight from July 5-10. Sabathia struck out nine and walked three after giving up six runs in six innings against Verlander (13-8) and the Tigers on May 13.

David Robertson pitched the eighth to run his scoreless streak to 16 2/3 innings over 17 appearances. Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth.

The Yankees hoped to take advantage of Verlander's habit of struggling in the first inning, and they did. Verlander's opponents have a .293 batting average in the first and are hitting only .222 the rest of the way.

Gardner led off with a single and Derek Jeter walked. After an out and a walk, Swisher, batting lefty, lined a single to the opposite field for two runs.

"It was nice to get out there, especially against Verlander, their ace, to put some runs on the board," Swisher said. "CC, our horse, took care of the rest."

New York broke form a bit in the second, when Granderson led off with a home run to right-center, his 12th this season. Ramiro Pena then singled, but the Yankees did not get another hit in Verlander's five innings.

Verlander matched a season high with five walks and struck out five, four in his last two innings.

"The only thing I can say is that this is probably the worst I've felt on the mound as a professional baseball player," Verlander said. "Nothing was any good."

The Yankees added a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh against Daniel Schlereth. Jeter had a run-scoring single after Gardner hit a bloop double down the right-field line in the sixth, and Cano led off the seventh with his 22nd home run. Pena hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.

Notes

  • Tigers catcher Gerald Laird was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh because he broke a blood vessel in his arm and it swelled up, preventing him from straightening it, Leyland said. Laird is day to day.
  • Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte threw 40 pitches before going for a precautionary MRI on his injured left groin. The test showed a "small persistent strain" and he will only throw on flat ground for a week. Girardi doesn't expect Pettitte back now until September.
  • Tigers RF Brennan Boesch struck out his first three times up.
 
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Yankees ace CC Sabathia becomes the AL's first 16-game winner and moves to 14-0 in his past 19 regular-season starts at home.  (AP)
Yankees ace CC Sabathia becomes the AL's first 16-game winner and moves to 14-0 in his past 19 regular-season starts at home. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

N. Swisher
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4111032 .302
Ramon Santiago, 2B4010001 .274
Johnny Damon, DH3010101 .277
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3000103 .337
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000004 .236
Ryan Raburn, LF3000110 .234
Brandon Inge, 3B4121012 .255
Brennan Boesch, RF4000030 .270
Gerald Laird, C2010010 .195
   a- Alex Avila, PH-C2010001 .219
Totals3327239  
a-singled for Laird in the 7th
Batting
HR - Austin Jackson (2, Sabathia), Brandon Inge (8, Sabathia)
RBI - Austin Jackson (26), Brandon Inge (45)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Verlander-Laird-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (L,13-8) 5533551 3.77
Daniel Schlereth 1.1333041 7.20
Robbie Weinhardt0100000 7.79
Brad Thomas 0.2000100 4.35
Enrique Gonzalez 1000020 4.01
HBP - Posada (by Justin Verlander), Swisher (by Daniel Schlereth)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 114-66, Daniel Schlereth 31-21, Robbie Weinhardt 2-2, Brad Thomas 14-6, Enrique Gonzalez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 4-5, Enrique Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 25, Daniel Schlereth 8, Robbie Weinhardt 1, Brad Thomas 3, Enrique Gonzalez 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF3220102 .287
Derek Jeter, SS3111221 .279
Mark Teixeira, 1B5000035 .252
Robinson Cano, 2B4111112 .322
Nick Swisher, RF3112000 .293
Jorge Posada, C2010111 .253
Marcus Thames, DH4010023 .314
Curtis Granderson, CF3111111 .248
Ramiro Pena, 3B3011010 .208
Totals30696611  
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner (13, Schlereth)
HR - Robinson Cano (22, Schlereth), Curtis Granderson (12, Verlander)
SF - Ramiro Pena (2)
SH - Brett Gardner (4)
RBI - Derek Jeter (53), Robinson Cano (74), Nick Swisher 2 (69), Curtis Granderson (36), Ramiro Pena (14)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (21)
SB - Brett Gardner (34, 2nd base off Verlander/Laird), Derek Jeter (14, 2nd base off Schlereth/Laird), Jorge Posada (3, 2nd base off Verlander/Laird)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (W,16-5) 7522392 3.12
David Robertson 1100000 3.77
Mariano Rivera 1100000 1.04
WP - CC Sabathia (8)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 115-71, David Robertson 14-9, Mariano Rivera 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 5-6, Mariano Rivera 3-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 28, David Robertson 4, Mariano Rivera 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46906
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Todd Tichenor