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CC, Robertson Shut Down Tigers

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You’ve gotta hand it to CC Sabathia – amid the turmoil that is currently the bottom of the Yankees’ rotation, he did exactly what he needed to in his start yesterday and gave the Yankees 8 strong innings. The Big Man isn’t the ace of the staff for nothing. CC threw a very economical 106 pitches over his 8 innings, 70 of which (66%) went for strikes. He allowed just 2 earned runs (including a solo home run to Prince Fielder), 4 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 8 along the way.

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David Robertson pitched a hitless, scoreless 9th inning and struck out 2. Robertson threw a total of 14 pitches and located a whopping 13 of them for strikes. D-Rob now has 15 K through 10.0 IP and is boasting a K/BB rate of 5.00. I’ve gotta say, I’m completely buying the idea of D-Rob as the Yankees’ future closer. Prepare to see him in the 9th inning on a regular basis once Mariano Rivera decides to hang ‘em up.

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Offensively the Yankees brought their power out with Curtis Granderson mashing his 8th home run of the season and Andruw Jones hitting his 3rd. I wonder if Granderson still views himself as “not a home run hitter,” because the rest of us have caught on to the fact that that’s exactly what he is now.

Alex Rodriguez came through with 2 RBI, pushing him to 1,904 career RBI and sending him past Willie Mays for the 9th spot on MLB’s list of all-time RBI leaders. For what it’s worth, A-Rod is now 393 RBI short of Hank Aaron’s 2,297 RBI and he should easily pass Eddie Murray, Jimmie Foxx, Ty Cobb, and Stan Musial this year. A-Rod’s RBI chase doesn’t yet have the impact of Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit or Mo’s 602nd save, but it is a story line that Yankees fans should keep an eye on in the next few seasons.

 

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