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N.Y. Yankees (56-51)020000000271
San Diego (50-59) «20020111x7140

Cabrera's four hits help Padres beat Yankees

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- If this is Everth Cabrera's last weekend of the season, he's heading out on a strong note.

Cabrera, facing a 50-game suspension in baseball's latest drug scandal, tied his career high with four hits and Logan Forsythe hit one of San Diego's three solo homers to lead the Padres to a 7-2 victory over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Cabrera, the Padres' All-Star shortstop, is among 14 players facing discipline. Monday appears to be the deadline for the players to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

"I can't say anything about that," Cabrera said.

Cabrera had an RBI triple among his hits and scored a run.

"That kind of game with four hits is special because we won the game," he said. "We have been better the last two weeks, competing a lot and everyone puts something to help the team to win the games. We have to keep doing this."

The Yankees are playing for the first time at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. Prior to that, they took two of three against the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium from June 21-23, 2002. The Yankees also wrapped up their 1998 World Series sweep of the Padres at Qualcomm with victories in Games 3 and 4.

Andrew Cashner (8-5) held the Yankees to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked none.

"There were a lot of Yankees fans and Padres fans," Cashner said. "It was electric from the first pitch."

Sabathia (9-10) is 0-4 in his last five starts. The left-hander allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked three. It's the second-longest losing streak of his career, behind a five-game skid from July 6-30, 2005, while with Cleveland.

The Yankees are fourth in the AL East, 8 games behind Boston, and are four games back in the wild-card race.

"It obviously makes it more difficult," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the bottom line. We need him to be CC if we're going to make a run."

Sabathia agreed.

"I'm not saying that I'm better than anybody else, but I feel like I need to be strong," he said. "We're battling, and I'm not helping us. I've expressed that. We've been through a lot this year. And me not being able to help is killing us."

Forsythe's homer to left on a changeup from Sabathia put the Padres ahead 3-2 with one out in the fourth. It was his fourth.

With two outs, a brain cramp by Sabathia led to another Padres run. Sabathia didn't cover first on Cashner's grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, allowing him to reach on a single. Cabrera then tripled to center field to bring in Cashner and make it 4-2.

Chris Denorfia singled with two outs in the sixth to chase Sabathia. The hit scored Nick Hundley, who drew a one-out walk and advanced on Cabrera's single to center.

"The key today was our ability to lay off the low pitch," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Going in we wanted CC to get the ball up, especially the slider. And we laid off a lot of borderline low pitches. We had some very good opposite-field swings that resulted in singles. We put the pressure on him."

Rookie Jedd Gyorko homered to straightaway center off Joba Chamberlain with one out in the seventh, his ninth. It was Gyorko's sixth hit in 54 at-bats in 14 games since coming off the disabled list on July 12.

Will Venable homered to right off Adam Warren with two outs in the eighth, his 13th.

Sabathia was shaky from the start, allowing two singles and walking two in the first inning as San Diego took a 2-0 lead. Sabathia walked Jesus Guzman on four pitches to load the bases with one out and then walked Yonder Alonso on a 3-2 pitch to bring in Cabrera with the first run. Cabrera was aboard on a leadoff single. Gyorko's groundout brought in Chase Headley to make it 2-0.

The Yankees tied it in the second. Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on Eduardo Nunez's double down the right-field line. Nunez advanced on Chris Stewart's groundout and scored on Sabathia's groundout.

Notes

  • Former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman presented retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a beach cruiser at home plate. Rivera has been honored around the big leagues this year. "I'm humbled. I definitely appreciate it," Rivera said before the game. The Padres also gave a beach cruiser to each member of Rivera's family.
  • Rivera and Hoffman are 1-2 on the career saves list. Rivera has 642 saves and Hoffman has 601.
  • Rivera had three saves during the Yankees' sweep of the Padres in the 1998 World Series, including a four-out save in the clincher at Qualcomm Stadium.
  • Graig Nettles and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, who each played for the Padres and Yankees, threw the ceremonial first pitches.
  • Yankees OF Curtis Granderson was activated from his second stint on the DL this season. He started in LF and batted fifth.
  • Cabrera has had four hits four times previously, most recently on May 15 at Baltimore.
 
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Everth Cabrera could be facing a big suspension, but it doesn't affect him on Friday with a four-hit peformance.  (USATSI)
Everth Cabrera could be facing a big suspension, but it doesn't affect him on Friday with a four-hit peformance. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

A. Cashner
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 2
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF4000011 .275
Derek Jeter, SS4010001 .211
Robinson Cano, 2B4010000 .293
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010012 .250
Curtis Granderson, LF4000023 .219
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4110000 .279
Eduardo Nunez, 3B3111000 .228
Chris Stewart, C3020001 .232
CC Sabathia, P2001001 .000
   a-Alfonso Soriano, PH1000001 .255
Totals3327204  
a-flied out for Claiborne in the 7th
Batting
2B - Eduardo Nunez (8, Cashner)
RBI - Eduardo Nunez (11), CC Sabathia (1)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (16, 2nd base off Cashner/Hundley)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brett Gardner 1, Curtis Granderson 1
E - Derek Jeter (1, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (L,9-10) 5.21155341 4.78
Preston Claiborne 0.1000110 2.04
Joba Chamberlain 1111101 5.13
Adam Warren 1211001 3.65
IBB - Headley by Preston Claiborne
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 105-66, Preston Claiborne 9-3, Joba Chamberlain 21-12, Adam Warren 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 6-5, Joba Chamberlain 4-0, Adam Warren 2-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 29, Preston Claiborne 2, Joba Chamberlain 6, Adam Warren 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS5141002 .285
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF5021001 .267
Chase Headley, 3B4110101 .235
Jesus Guzman, LF3010114 .238
   Will Venable, CF1111000 .245
Yonder Alonso, 1B4021112 .299
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4112011 .252
Logan Forsythe, RF-LF3111112 .214
Nick Hundley, C3100100 .242
Andrew Cashner, P3110011 .303
   a-Mark Kotsay, PH1000001 .200
Totals36714755  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Cashner in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (23, Sabathia)
3B - Everth Cabrera (5, Sabathia)
HR - Will Venable (13, Warren), Jedd Gyorko (9, Chamberlain), Logan Forsythe (4, Sabathia)
RBI - Everth Cabrera (29), Chris Denorfia (34), Will Venable (35), Yonder Alonso (39), Jedd Gyorko 2 (28), Logan Forsythe (13)
2-OUT RBI - Everth Cabrera (17), Chris Denorfia (16), Will Venable (11)
CS - Everth Cabrera (11, 3rd base by Sabathia/Stewart)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Alonso
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner (W,8-5) 7722020 3.80
Luke Gregerson 1000010 2.84
Tim Stauffer 1000010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 97-64, Luke Gregerson 10-6, Tim Stauffer 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 9-9, Tim Stauffer 1-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 27, Luke Gregerson 3, Tim Stauffer 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44124
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ted Barrett