Sabathia (12-5) threw six innings of two-run ball to get the win Tuesday against the Twins, allowing six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Sabathia allowed a run after loading the bases in the first inning and allowed a solo home run in the third. He limited baserunners to great effect after the early stages and received the run support necessary to nab his first victory of September. Sabathia bounced back after a shortened outing in his previous start and has now allowed two runs or fewer five times in his last six starts ahead of Monday's turn against the Royals.
Sabathia will have his next start pushed back to Tuesday against the Twins, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. The Yankees want to keep Sabathia off Toronto's turf next weekend, so they'll push his spot in the rotation back by a couple of days, moving Sonny Gray up to pitch in his place Sunday. The 37-year-old lefty owns a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 131 innings this season.
Sabathia allowed one run on six hits and two walks across 4.2 innings in a no-decision Monday against the Rays. He struck out two. Sabathia threw 68 percent of his pitches for strikes as he battled through a couple of minor jams in the early frames, but he put two men on before his removal with one out in the fifth. He was once again victimized by some infield hits, but good strikeout stuff and five groundball outs helped him mitigate the damage. Though the lefty surely would've liked to go deeper into the game, he's now allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts to lower his ERA to 3.85. Sabathia will look to do just that Saturday against the Orioles.
Sabathia didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against the Orioles, after allowing five runs on eight hits (three home runs) and a walk while striking out three over 5.1 innings. The Yankee offense staked Sabathia out to a 6-1 lead early in the contest, and though the lefty allowed a trio of homers after that time he still left in line for the win. The 37-year-old has mostly had a solid bounceback campaign and still boasts an ERA under 4.00 for the season, but he's allowed at least four runs in four of his last seven starts and has only made it past the sixth inning once during that stretch. He'll look to turn things around when he takes the hill Sunday against the Rangers.
Sabathia (11-5) allowed a single run on four hits and five walks while striking out six batters through six innings during Thursday's win over Boston. The veteran southpaw has now turned in three consecutive solid outings with just four runs allowed through 19 innings. Sabathia sports a serviceable 3.71 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.1 K/9 for the campaign, and with the Yankees chasing down a playoff berth, he's in line for a solid September. A date with the Orioles at Camden Yards is up next for Sabathia.
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