Sabathia ejected, Yanks rout Rays, near home field vs A's

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) CC Sabathia protected his teammates, not his wallet.

The 38-year-old left-hander got his 246th win and moved the New York Yankees closer to hosting next week's AL wild-card game but may have cost himself a $500,000 bonus.

Sabathia was ejected from Thursday's 12-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning for hitting Jesus Sucre on a leg in retaliation for Tampa Bay reliever Andrew Kittredge throwing a pitch behind Austin Romine.

Making his final regular-season start, Sabathia had thrown 55 pitches over five innings to raise his season innings total to 153 - two shy of a $500,000 performance bonus in his contract.

''I don't really make decisions based on money, I guess,'' Sabathia said. ''I just felt like it was the right thing to do.''

Yankees manager Aaron Boone didn't rule out Sabathia (9-7) getting into a game this weekend in Boston.

''That's definitely above my pay grade,'' Boone said when asked whether New York should still pay the bonus.

New York (98-61) ensured its winningest season since going 103-59 en route to the 2009 World Series title and moved two games ahead of Oakland (96-63) for hosting the Oct. 3 wild-card game. The Yankees hold the tiebreaker, which means one more Yankees win or Athletics loss ensures the winner-take-all game would be in the Bronx. The wild-card winner advances to a Division Series against AL East champion Boston.

''We know what's at stake, and we took a good step toward it,'' Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton said after homering twice to raise his season total to 37.

Miguel Andujar and Luke Voit also went deep for the Yankees. New York's 260 homers tied the 2005 Texas Rangers for the second-most in major league history, four behind the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

With New York ahead 7-0, Sabathia hit Jake Bauers on the knuckles of his right hand with an 88 mph two-seam fastball with two outs in the fifth.

Kittredge threw a 93 mph fastball behind Romine's neck with his initial pitch in the sixth, and plate umpire Vic Carapazza issued a warning to both benches.

''I think there's no question there was intent. You throw one over the head, I hated it,'' Boone said.

Sabathia started out of the Yankees dugout and had to be intercepted by Boone.

''I think we all took exception to that, I think, anytime you feel a player's safety is in jeopardy,'' Sabathia said.

Romine turned to the catcher and asked Sucre, ''Why?''

''You can't throw balls at people's head, plain and simple,'' Romine said.

After New York opened an 11-0 lead, Sabathia hit Sucre the lower left leg with a 93 cutter on his first pitch in the bottom half, causing Carapazza to eject the pitcher and Boone.

Sucre declined to comment, while Kittredge said it's ''just baseball.''

''Obviously that was a high-and-tight pitch,'' Kittredge said. ''That's not a comfortable feeling for him. It is what it is, I guess.''

Sabathia stared and pointed toward the Tampa Bay bench while walking to the Yankees dugout after being tossed. Relievers in both bullpens stood up but the other players remained in the dugouts.

''You don't throw at someone's head. He did what he felt he needed to do,'' Stanton said of Sabathia.

Sabathia, likely the Yankees' fourth starter during the postseason, allowed one hit, lowered his season ERA to 3.65 and struck out five to increase his career total to 2,986. He has a $10 million base salary in his one-year contract.

Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga completed a two-hitter, giving New York its third straight series win. Cessa gave up C.J Cron's homer in the seventh.

Andujar hit a three-run homer during a four-run first off Jaime Schultz (2-2). Aaron Judge had a sacrifice fly and Voit hit an RBI double in a three-run fourth.

New York's four-run sixth included back-to-back solo homers by Voit and Stanton, who had his 32nd multihomer game.

Tampa Bay's Tommy Pham walked in the ninth to extend his on-base streak to 29 games, the longest active run in the AL.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks (left hamstring) should start Friday night and SS Didi Gregorius (right wrist) also could also return during the final regular-season series. Both ran the bases and took batting practice, while Gregorius took grounders. ''Looking good for both of them,'' Boone said. ... Neil Walker started at third base, one day after getting hit by a pitch on the left shin.

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (right quadriceps) will have his status evaluated Friday.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (16-6, including 6-0 with Yankees) is scheduled to start Friday night at Boston, which lines him up to pitch against Oakland on regular rest. RHP Luis Severino starts Sunday, which lines him up for a Division Series opener at Fenway Park on Oct. 5. RHP Rick Porcello (17-7) starts Friday for the Red Sox.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-7) starts Friday for the Rays and LHP Thomas Pannone (4-1) for Toronto.

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  • W: C. Sabathia (9-7)L: J. Schultz (2-2)
  • HR: NYY - G. Stanton 2 (37), M. Andujar (27), L. Voit (13), TB - C. Cron (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Judge RF20020011.278.392.525.9161.5
G. Bird 1B10000001.195.284.382.6660.0
L. Voit 1B32321100.319.395.6441.03912.0
R. Torreyes 3B10000001.286.300.378.6780.0
G. Stanton LF33222211.262.341.502.84214.5
N. Walker 3B40000024.217.306.354.660-1.0
T. Wade RF10000010.175.224.286.510-0.5
M. Andujar DH41231002.296.328.525.8539.0
a- K. Higashioka PH-DH10000000.171.247.329.5750.0
G. Torres 2B51100011.274.342.479.8201.5
A. Romine C41110030.244.296.420.7161.5
A. Hechavarria SS41200010.250.280.349.6302.5
  • a-flied out for Andujar in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF40000001.291.361.397.7590.0
T. Pham LF30000131.273.363.461.824-0.5
J. Wendle 3B30100011.300.354.435.7890.5
A. Velazquez 3B10000011.286.375.286.661-0.5
C. Cron DH41111022.255.322.493.8155.0
B. Lowe 2B40000011.239.336.479.814-0.5
W. Adames SS30000010.268.340.402.742-0.5
J. Bauers 1B20000010.197.313.381.6940.5
C. Gomez RF30000011.210.299.339.637-0.5
J. Sucre C20000010.212.251.257.5080.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Gardner (20), L. Voit (5)
    • 3B - B. Gardner (7)
    • HR - L. Voit (13), G. Stanton 2 (37), M. Andujar (27)
    • SF - A. Judge 2 (5)
    • RBI - B. Gardner (45), A. Judge 2 (66), L. Voit 2 (33), G. Stanton 2 (97), M. Andujar 3 (90), A. Romine (41)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Voit 2 (12), G. Stanton (46), M. Andujar 3 (34)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Torreyes, G. Stanton, M. Andujar 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Cron (29)
    • RBI - C. Cron (72)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle, C. Cron, B. Lowe, C. Gomez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Gardner (16)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Wendle-Lowe-Bauers)
    • PB - J. Sucre (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia (W, 9-7)5.01000503.651.3123.5
    L. Cessa3.01110514.671.339.5
    J. Loaisiga1.00001205.561.503.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia (W, 9-7)5.0
    L. Cessa3.0
    J. Loaisiga1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Schultz (L, 2-2)0.22442215.641.15-12.0
    A. Pruitt3.15331204.751.271.0
    A. Kittredge2.05440227.751.85-2.0
    C. Hu1.00000104.150.773.5
    H. Wood1.00001103.571.442.5
    H. Milner1.01110217.712.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Schultz (L, 2-2)0.2
    A. Pruitt3.1
    A. Kittredge2.0
    C. Hu1.0
    H. Wood1.0
    H. Milner1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Cessa (7)
    • HBP - C. Sabathia 2 (11)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 55-39, L. Cessa 42-27, J. Loaisiga 21-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 4-6, L. Cessa 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 18, L. Cessa 10, J. Loaisiga 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Schultz
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Schultz 32-19, A. Pruitt 50-35, A. Kittredge 35-21, C. Hu 14-9, H. Wood 21-10, H. Milner 20-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 5-3, A. Kittredge 1-2, C. Hu 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Schultz 6, A. Pruitt 16, A. Kittredge 10, C. Hu 3, H. Wood 4, H. Milner 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF43210102.239.326.374.69912.0
    A. Judge RF20020011.278.392.525.9161.5
    G. Bird 1B10000001.195.284.382.6660.0
    L. Voit 1B32321100.319.395.6441.03912.0
    R. Torreyes 3B10000001.286.300.378.6780.0
    G. Stanton LF33222211.262.341.502.84214.5
    N. Walker 3B40000024.217.306.354.660-1.0
    T. Wade RF10000010.175.224.286.510-0.5
    M. Andujar DH41231002.296.328.525.8539.0
    a- K. Higashioka PH-DH10000000.171.247.329.5750.0
    G. Torres 2B51100011.274.342.479.8201.5
    A. Romine C41110030.244.296.420.7161.5
    A. Hechavarria SS41200010.250.280.349.6302.5
    Total37121311441013-----
    • a-flied out for Andujar in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith CF40000001.291.361.397.7590.0
    T. Pham LF30000131.273.363.461.824-0.5
    J. Wendle 3B30100011.300.354.435.7890.5
    A. Velazquez 3B10000011.286.375.286.661-0.5
    C. Cron DH41111022.255.322.493.8155.0
    B. Lowe 2B40000011.239.336.479.814-0.5
    W. Adames SS30000010.268.340.402.742-0.5
    J. Bauers 1B20000010.197.313.381.6940.5
    C. Gomez RF30000011.210.299.339.637-0.5
    J. Sucre C20000010.212.251.257.5080.5
    Total2912111128-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gardner (20), L. Voit (5)
      • 3B - B. Gardner (7)
      • HR - L. Voit (13), G. Stanton 2 (37), M. Andujar (27)
      • SF - A. Judge 2 (5)
      • RBI - B. Gardner (45), A. Judge 2 (66), L. Voit 2 (33), G. Stanton 2 (97), M. Andujar 3 (90), A. Romine (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Voit 2 (12), G. Stanton (46), M. Andujar 3 (34)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Torreyes, G. Stanton, M. Andujar 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Cron (29)
      • RBI - C. Cron (72)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle, C. Cron, B. Lowe, C. Gomez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Gardner (16)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wendle-Lowe-Bauers)
      • PB - J. Sucre (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (W, 9-7)5.01000503.651.3123.5
      L. Cessa3.01110514.671.339.5
      J. Loaisiga1.00001205.561.503.0
      Total9.02111121---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (W, 9-7)5.0
      L. Cessa3.0
      J. Loaisiga1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Schultz (L, 2-2)0.22442215.641.15-12.0
      A. Pruitt3.15331204.751.271.0
      A. Kittredge2.05440227.751.85-2.0
      C. Hu1.00000104.150.773.5
      H. Wood1.00001103.571.442.5
      H. Milner1.01110217.712.002.0
      Total9.01312124104---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Schultz (L, 2-2)0.2
      A. Pruitt3.1
      A. Kittredge2.0
      C. Hu1.0
      H. Wood1.0
      H. Milner1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Cessa (7)
      • HBP - C. Sabathia 2 (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 55-39, L. Cessa 42-27, J. Loaisiga 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 4-6, L. Cessa 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 18, L. Cessa 10, J. Loaisiga 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Schultz
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Schultz 32-19, A. Pruitt 50-35, A. Kittredge 35-21, C. Hu 14-9, H. Wood 21-10, H. Milner 20-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Pruitt 5-3, A. Kittredge 1-2, C. Hu 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Schultz 6, A. Pruitt 16, A. Kittredge 10, C. Hu 3, H. Wood 4, H. Milner 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Stanton homered to right center121
      • 7TH INNING
        Cron homered to center111
      • 6TH INNING
        Stanton homered to right center110
        Voit homered to left center100
        Judge hit sacrifice fly to right, Gardner scored90
        Gardner tripled to deep right center, Hechavarria scored80
      • 4TH INNING
        Voit doubled to left center, Gardner scored70
        Judge hit sacrifice fly to center, Romine scored60
        Romine singled to left center, Torres scored50
      • 1ST INNING
        Andujar homered to left, Voit and Stanton scored40
        Gardner scored, Voit to third, Stanton to second on wild pitch10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hoby Milner relieved Hunter Wood
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton homered to right center
        • T. Wade: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wade struck out looking
        • Kyle Higashioka hit for Miguel Andujar
        • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Higashioka flied out to right
        • G. Torres: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jonathan Loaisiga relieved Luis Cessa
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pham walked
        • A. Velazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowe flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Hunter Wood relieved Chih-Wei Hu
        • R. Torreyes: Ronald Torreyes facing Hunter Wood
        • Andrew Velazquez at third base
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • T. Wade: Foul, Ball, Ball, Wade lined out to left, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Torreyes lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Cessa Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez lined out to shortstop
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chih-Wei Hu relieved Andrew Kittredge
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar flied out to center
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torres grounded out to third
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Wade in right field
        • Greg Bird at first base
        • Ronald Torreyes at third base
        • C. Cron: Cron homered to center
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adames lined out to center
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Kittredge Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Gardner: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gardner tripled to deep right center, Hechavarria scored
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Judge hit sacrifice fly to right, Gardner scored
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Voit homered to left center
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton homered to right center
        • N. Walker: Walker flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Sucre hit by pitch
        • Luis Cessa relieved CC Sabathia
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sucre out at second
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging, Smith to second on wild pitch
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Andrew Kittredge relieved Austin Pruitt
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • M. Andujar: Andujar singled to right center
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Torres grounded out to second, Andujar out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Lowe grounded out to second
        • W. Adames: Ball, Adames grounded out to third
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers hit by pitch
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez fouled out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Strike (foul tip), Torres singled to center
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Torres to second on passed ball, Foul, Foul, Romine singled to left center, Torres scored
        • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria reached on an infield single to shortstop, Romine to second
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner reached on fielder's choice to second, Romine to third, Hechavarria out at second
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Judge hit sacrifice fly to center, Romine scored
        • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gardner stole second, Voit doubled to left center, Gardner scored
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smith lined out to center
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Wendle singled to left
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to third
        • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Voit singled to right center
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked, Voit to second
        • N. Walker: Walker grounded out to first, Voit to third, Stanton to second
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bauers flied out to right
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Gomez struck out on foul tip
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Sucre popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Hechavarria flied out to right
        • B. Gardner: Gardner grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron popped out to second
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Lowe grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Schultz Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gardner doubled to deep right
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Voit walked
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked, Gardner to third, Voit to second
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gardner scored, Voit to third, Stanton to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar homered to left, Voit and Stanton scored
        • Austin Pruitt relieved Jaime Schultz
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Torres lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Smith flied out to deep left
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)