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CC shows stuff to win game No. 20 for Yankees

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BALTIMORE -- After reaching an elusive milestone, CC Sabathia sounded as if he wanted to postpone celebrating it.

Sabathia became a 20-game winner for the first time in his stellar career, pitching the New York Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 11-3 Saturday.

"Maybe after the season," Sabathia said. "But right now we're right in the middle of this thing -- trying to win a championship, trying to win a division first. ... Maybe after the season I can sit back and enjoy it a little more. Right now, I'm just looking five days ahead and who I'm pitching against next."

Sabathia (20-6) leads the majors in victories. He twice finished seasons with 19 wins, and succeeded this year in his third try at No. 20.

Postseason Chase

"He has been our ace all year, really since he's got here, and to get to 20 wins is quite an accomplishment," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Sabathia.

Sabathia already had a Cy Young Award, a World Series championship and several All-Star selections to his credit over 10 seasons. Winning 20 games was about the only thing missing on his pitching resume.

"I think it's meaningful to any pitcher," Girardi said. "I think as he gets older, he'll appreciate it more. I think CC realizes how difficult it is. As good as he's been, it's the first time he's done it."

The big lefty allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings for the AL East leaders. Sabathia, denied the big win in a home loss to the Orioles on Sept. 7, walked one and struck out four, improving to 14-2 all-time against Baltimore.

"We spoiled it once, but against a pitcher of his caliber, it's tough to do it twice," said Baltimore's Nolan Reimold.

Sabathia found one perk: "People will stop asking me about it now."

Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson homered for the Yankees, who spotted Sabathia a 2-0 lead before he took the mound and never trailed.

"These guys swung the bat, put some runs up on the board and took a lot of the pressure off," Sabathia said.

Cano's two-run shot in the fifth put the second baseman at 101 RBI. That gave the Yankees three infielders with 100 or more RBI in a single season for the first time in franchise history -- first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Alex Rodriguez previously reached the mark.

"It's big for [Cano]," Girardi said. "Everyone was concerned who was going to hit fifth for us [after] losing [Hideki] Matsui. Robbie has stepped in and been tremendous for us all year long."

Robert Andino homered and had three hits for Baltimore.

Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter each had two RBI for New York and Brett Gardner had three hits.

Jeter was hit in the ribs by Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (10-14) on the game's first pitch and came around to score on Posada's two-run single later in the first. It marked the 13th time in Jeter's 16-year career that he has scored 100 or more runs in a season.

Jeter's sacrifice fly scored Gardner, who led off with a triple, for a 3-0 lead in the second.

The Orioles loaded the bases in the second on singles by Adam Jones and Reimold and a walk to Craig Tatum before Cesar Izturis hit a sacrifice fly.

A sacrifice fly by Ty Wigginton made it 3-2 in the third.

An RBI groundout by Jeter restored the Yankees' two-run cushion in the fourth.

In the fifth, Rodriguez singled and Cano followed with a homer onto the right-field flag court, his 28th.

Andino homered for the second straight game in the fifth.

Nick Swisher added an RBI double in the sixth off Orioles reliever Mark Hendrickson. Jeter reached on an infield single -- a close play on which he spread his arms in a safe call as he crossed the bag ahead of shortstop Izturis' throw -- and Swisher then doubled into the left-field corner.

Gardner singled and later scored on Alfredo Simon's wild pitch in the eighth. Granderson added a three-run shot, his 19th, in the ninth.

Notes

  • The last club with three infielders with 100 or more RBI was the 2003 St. Louis Cardinals (1B Albert Pujols, 3B Scott Rolen, SS Edgar Renteria). The last American League club to turn the trick was the 2001 Oakland A's (SS Miguel Tejada, 1B Jason Giambi, 3B Eric Chavez).
  • Orioles manager Buck Showalter said LHP Brian Matusz, who left Monday's game after one inning with a bruised left triceps after being struck by a liner by Toronto's Yunel Escobar, will make his scheduled Monday start.
  • SS Manny Machado, the Orioles' first-round choice in the June amateur draft, was introduced to the sellout crowd of 48,775 in the middle of the third inning. The sellout was Baltimore's second of the season -- the first since opening day.
  • Girardi wasn't pleased that Guthrie plunked Jeter, the 10th time this year a Yankee has been hit by an Oriole pitcher. "Too many. Just too many," Girardi said. "I just really don't understand it and I know he likes to pitch inside, but it's too many. And that doesn't include the ones in spring training." Guthrie contended that his command deserted him as he tried to work inside.
 
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CC Sabathia allows three runs in seven innings to reach 20 wins for the first time in his career.  (AP)
CC Sabathia allows three runs in seven innings to reach 20 wins for the first time in his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

R. Andino
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS3222000 .263
Nick Swisher, DH5021022 .288
    Eduardo Nunez, PR-DH-SS0000000 .304
Lance Berkman, 1B5000014 .253
    Juan Miranda, 1B0000000 .226
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4220110 .273
    Kevin Russo, 3B0000000 .188
Robinson Cano, 2B4222101 .324
    Ramiro Pena, 2B0000000 .231
Jorge Posada, C4112111 .259
    Francisco Cervelli, C0000000 .253
Curtis Granderson, CF4213112 .247
Brett Gardner, LF5230020 .282
Colin Curtis, RF4000014 .190
    Greg Golson, RF1000000 .214
Totals3911131049  
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (32, Hendrickson), Brett Gardner (18, Guthrie)
3B - Brett Gardner (6, Guthrie)
HR - Robinson Cano (28, Guthrie), Curtis Granderson (19, VandenHurk)
SF - Derek Jeter (3)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (63), Nick Swisher (83), Robinson Cano 2 (101), Jorge Posada 2 (56), Curtis Granderson 3 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (32), Jorge Posada 2 (21)
SB - Brett Gardner (42, 2nd base off Simon/Tatum)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Cano-Berkman, Cano-Jeter-Berkman
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (W,20-6) 7733141 3.05
Joba Chamberlain 1100000 4.48
Chad Gaudin 1100000 5.28
WP - Chad Gaudin (3)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 104-68, Joba Chamberlain 7-5, Chad Gaudin 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 8-8, Joba Chamberlain 1-1, Chad Gaudin 1-2
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 28, Joba Chamberlain 3, Chad Gaudin 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B4000013 .279
Robert Andino, 3B4231000 .308
Nick Markakis, RF4010001 .290
Ty Wigginton, 1B3001002 .251
Jake Fox, DH4000020 .218
Adam Jones, CF3120000 .285
   a- Corey Patterson, PH1000000 .269
Nolan Reimold, LF4020011 .210
Craig Tatum, C3010102 .267
Cesar Izturis, SS2001001 .240
Totals3239314  
a-popped out for Jones in the 9th
Batting
2B - Robert Andino (3, Sabathia)
HR - Robert Andino (2, Sabathia)
SF - Ty Wigginton (7), Cesar Izturis (2)
RBI - Robert Andino (5), Ty Wigginton (68), Cesar Izturis (28)
2-OUT RBI - Robert Andino (2)
SB - Robert Andino (1, 2nd base off Sabathia/Posada)
Team LOB - 5
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (L,10-14) 5766251 3.92
Mark Hendrickson 1211010 5.01
David Hernandez 1000010 4.56
Alfredo Simon 1311000 4.96
Rick VandenHurk 1133221 4.97
HBP - Jeter (by Jeremy Guthrie)
WP - Alfredo Simon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 108-68, Mark Hendrickson 13-10, David Hernandez 11-9, Alfredo Simon 23-12, Rick VandenHurk 30-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 5-5, Mark Hendrickson 2-0, David Hernandez 2-0, Alfredo Simon 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 25, Mark Hendrickson 5, David Hernandez 3, Alfredo Simon 6, Rick VandenHurk 6
Game Information
Attendance - 48775
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Ted Barrett