Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW

NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia performed a big league first Saturday: consecutive regular season starts of at least five innings, no walks and no more than one hit.

Among Sabathia's more remarkable feats, considering what came between.

''That is classic CC right there,'' said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

Sabathia began his 19th and final big league season with five stellar innings, pinch-hitter Luke Voit came through with a broken-bat RBI single in the seventh and New York one-hit the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Saturday to end a four-game slide.

Sabathia allowed a hit and no other baserunners in his first start since having a stent inserted after blockage was found in an artery from his heart in December. He's the first pitcher ever with five innings, one hit and no walks over back-to-back starts, per the Elias Sports Bureau, although it didn't feel quite as smooth as it looked.

''I was out there the first inning, I was like, shaking,'' said Sabathia, who plans to retire after the season. ''Thinking from where I came from in December and actually being back on the mound, it's cool. I was able to kind of harness those nerves.''

Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Cincinnati in 1938, walking a total of 11 in those two games.

Jose Rondon had Chicago's only hit, a clean single in the third inning.

It was scoreless in the seventh when second baseman Yolmer Sanchez booted a likely double play grounder to set up Voit's RBI. With the bases loaded, New York's beefy, breakout slugger split his bat near the handle but still muscled a single to center against Ryan Burr for a 1-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right, and Tyler Wade brought in another run with a safety squeeze.

Aaron Judge narrowly homered into the short right field porch in the eighth, his fourth of the season.

White Sox starter Ivan Nova (0-2) dueled with Sabathia, pitching four-hit ball into the seventh. He was pulled after allowing Gleyber Torres' leadoff single, and the former Yankee right-hander was cheered by some Bronx fans as he walked off.

''I was blacked out,'' Nova said of the reaction. ''It was pretty cool.''

Domingo German (3-0) followed Sabathia by striking out four in two overpowering innings. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman closed things out with a perfect inning each for New York, a refreshingly clean showing for a struggling, short-handed bullpen. The Yankees have led in 13 of 14 games this season yet are just 6-8.

Chicago has lost six of seven and dropped to 4-9.

Boone kept the 38-year-old Sabathia on a short leash in his first start following offseason operations on his heart and right knee. The big left-hander worked effectively with his cut fastball and slider against a righty-heavy lineup. He struck out three, raising his career total to 2,989, and only threw 62 pitches.

''He's a craftsman out there,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''And he did a nice job of keeping us at bay.''

''It means a lot to the room that he came back,'' Boone said.

Sabathia had an almost identical line last September against Tampa Bay before he was ejected for plunking Jesus Sucre. This was his first regular season start since.

Players wore short sleeves and sunglasses a night after a swampy, rain-shortened win by the White Sox. Pitchers on both teams struggled to grip the ball in Chicago's 9-6 victory.

No such issues Saturday. Nova and Sabathia were all over the strike zone, allowing a combined five baserunners over the first five innings - two of those were erased by a pair of White Sox double plays. Time of game was a crisp 2:28.

It was a memorable day for those starters, who were tight as pinstriped teammates over parts of seven seasons. Nova refers to Sabathia as his mentor, and Sabathia considers Nova a little brother.

''I knew he was going to be good today,'' Sabathia said. ''He had been calling me all week, saying we were lining up and all that stuff. It was good to see him pitch well. Especially, I knew he wanted to pitch well at Yankee Stadium. ''

GOTTA GLOVE IT

Wade made a diving stop on Welington Castillo's grounder at second leading off the third. Sabathia pointed his glove toward Wade in appreciation. Two batters later, center fielder Brett Gardner covered a lot of ground to make a sliding catch on Adam Engel's flare. That got two arms up from Sabathia.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances received a cortisone shot to treat inflammation around a bone spur in his right shoulder. He plans to rest for three weeks before resuming throwing, with a goal of returning to the bullpen in six to seven weeks. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps) is hitting off a tee and soft toss, but not with 100% effort. He's still unsure if he'll need a minor league rehab assignment. ... 1B/DH Luke Voit was out of the lineup for a rest day.

UP NEXT

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.47) has been the only Yankees starter to reliably work late into games. He'll get the ball in the series finale against White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon.

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  • W: D. German (3-0)L: I. Nova (0-2)
  • HR: NYY - A. Judge (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Anderson SS40000020.444.457.6221.079-1.0
J. Abreu 1B30000000.192.250.404.6540.0
Y. Alonso DH30000010.150.320.300.620-0.5
Y. Moncada 3B30000011.296.333.556.889-0.5
E. Jimenez LF30000010.300.340.440.780-0.5
W. Castillo C30000010.083.333.083.417-0.5
J. Rondon 2B10100000.250.308.458.7661.0
b- Y. Sanchez PH-2B20000010.094.121.125.246-0.5
A. Engel CF30000011.150.190.400.590-0.5
  • b-grounded out for Rondon in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner CF40100011.204.295.407.7020.5
A. Judge RF41111011.275.406.529.9365.5
D. LeMahieu 3B-2B30100100.432.490.5451.0362.0
G. Torres SS41100023.296.356.537.8931.0
G. Bird 1B41000013.171.293.257.5500.5
C. Frazier DH31100010.333.351.606.9571.5
M. Tauchman LF20000010.143.200.286.486-0.5
a- L. Voit PH10110000.200.333.440.7732.0
G. Urshela 3B00000000.308.471.462.9320.0
K. Higashioka C20110000.500.333.500.8332.0
T. Wade 2B-LF20010001.176.222.176.3991.0
  • a-singled for Tauchman in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Judge (4)
  • SF - K. Higashioka
  • SH - T. Wade
  • RBI - A. Judge (9), L. Voit (13), K. Higashioka, T. Wade
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gardner (4), G. Bird (2)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Sanchez (4)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Wade
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 0-2)6.04111505.281.3012.5
J. Fry0.001000012.602.400.0
R. Burr2.03210215.401.203.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 0-2)6.0
J. Fry0.0
R. Burr2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sabathia5.01000300.000.2015.5
D. German (W, 3-0)2.00000401.380.7715.0
Z. Britton (H, 3)1.00000104.051.803.5
A. Chapman1.00000103.001.173.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Sabathia5.0
D. German (W, 3-0)2.0
Z. Britton (H, 3)1.0
A. Chapman1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 93-64, J. Fry 5-3, R. Burr 26-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 9-1, J. Fry 1-0, R. Burr 2-2
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 22, J. Fry, R. Burr 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 62-42, D. German 25-19, Z. Britton 9-6, A. Chapman 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 7-4, D. German 2-1, Z. Britton 2-0, A. Chapman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 16, D. German 7, Z. Britton 3, A. Chapman 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Garcia RF40000011.313.340.396.736-0.5
T. Anderson SS40000020.444.457.6221.079-1.0
J. Abreu 1B30000000.192.250.404.6540.0
Y. Alonso DH30000010.150.320.300.620-0.5
Y. Moncada 3B30000011.296.333.556.889-0.5
E. Jimenez LF30000010.300.340.440.780-0.5
W. Castillo C30000010.083.333.083.417-0.5
J. Rondon 2B10100000.250.308.458.7661.0
b- Y. Sanchez PH-2B20000010.094.121.125.246-0.5
A. Engel CF30000011.150.190.400.590-0.5
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  • b-grounded out for Rondon in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner CF40100011.204.295.407.7020.5
A. Judge RF41111011.275.406.529.9365.5
D. LeMahieu 3B-2B30100100.432.490.5451.0362.0
G. Torres SS41100023.296.356.537.8931.0
G. Bird 1B41000013.171.293.257.5500.5
C. Frazier DH31100010.333.351.606.9571.5
M. Tauchman LF20000010.143.200.286.486-0.5
a- L. Voit PH10110000.200.333.440.7732.0
G. Urshela 3B00000000.308.471.462.9320.0
K. Higashioka C20110000.500.333.500.8332.0
T. Wade 2B-LF20010001.176.222.176.3991.0
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  • a-singled for Tauchman in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Judge (4)
  • SF - K. Higashioka
  • SH - T. Wade
  • RBI - A. Judge (9), L. Voit (13), K. Higashioka, T. Wade
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gardner (4), G. Bird (2)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Sanchez (4)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Wade
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 0-2)6.04111505.281.3012.5
J. Fry0.001000012.602.400.0
R. Burr2.03210215.401.203.0
Total8.0742171---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 0-2)6.0
J. Fry0.0
R. Burr2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sabathia5.01000300.000.2015.5
D. German (W, 3-0)2.00000401.380.7715.0
Z. Britton (H, 3)1.00000104.051.803.5
A. Chapman1.00000103.001.173.5
Total9.0100090---
PITCHERSIP
C. Sabathia5.0
D. German (W, 3-0)2.0
Z. Britton (H, 3)1.0
A. Chapman1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 93-64, J. Fry 5-3, R. Burr 26-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 9-1, J. Fry 1-0, R. Burr 2-2
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 22, J. Fry, R. Burr 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 62-42, D. German 25-19, Z. Britton 9-6, A. Chapman 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 7-4, D. German 2-1, Z. Britton 2-0, A. Chapman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 16, D. German 7, Z. Britton 3, A. Chapman 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Judge homered to right04
  • 7TH INNING
    Wade hit sacrifice bunt to third, Frazier scored, Voit to second03
    Higashioka hit sacrifice fly to right, Bird scored, Frazier to third02
    Voit singled to shallow center, Torres scored, Bird to third, Frazier to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zack Britton
    • A. Engel: Strike looking, Engel grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Zack Britton relieved Domingo German
    • Gio Urshela at third base
    • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Jimenez struck out swinging
    • W. Castillo: Castillo grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Burr Pitching:
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge homered to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
    • G. Bird: Bird flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. German Pitching:
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Abreu flied out to center
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso safe at first on left fielder Wade throwing error
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Torres singled to right
    • Jace Fry relieved Ivan Nova
    • G. Bird: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bird reached on fielder's choice to second, Torres to second on 2nd baseman Sanchez fielding error
    • Ryan Burr relieved Jace Fry
    • C. Frazier: Strike swinging, Frazier singled to right, Torres to third, Bird to second
    • Luke Voit hit for Mike Tauchman
    • L. Voit: Voit singled to shallow center, Torres scored, Bird to third, Frazier to second
    • K. Higashioka: Ball, Ball, Foul, Higashioka hit sacrifice fly to right, Bird scored, Frazier to third
    • T. Wade: Ball, Foul, Wade hit sacrifice bunt to third, Frazier scored, Voit to second
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Domingo German relieved CC Sabathia
    • Yolmer Sanchez hit for Jose Rondon
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • A. Engel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Engel struck out looking
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Garcia grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to second
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Judge lined out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moncada grounded out to third
    • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jimenez flied out to center
    • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Frazier: Strike swinging, Frazier grounded out to third
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tauchman struck out swinging
    • K. Higashioka: Higashioka singled to left
    • T. Wade: Strike looking, Wade grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson flied out to right
    • J. Abreu: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu singled to shallow left
    • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Torres grounded out to second, LeMahieu out at second
    • G. Bird: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bird struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castillo grounded out to second
    • J. Rondon: Rondon singled to shallow center
    • A. Engel: Ball, Engel flied out to center
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • T. Wade: Wade grounded out to second
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner popped out to shortstop
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Moncada grounded out to first
    • E. Jimenez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jimenez popped out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike looking, Tauchman grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Higashioka: Ball, Higashioka lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Garcia lined out to left
    • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Judge flied out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked, Gardner to second
    • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
    • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bird grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)