CC Sabathia was truly dominant for the first time this season, and that wasn’t the only good news. He went 8 innings of 2 run ball, and led the Yankees to a 6-2 win. The win gave the Yankees the series win, taking 2 0f 3 from the high powered Detroit Tigers. The game was pretty straightforward, but we have many things to talk about.
Milestones: Alex Rodriguez moved into 8th place on the all-time RBI leaders, passing Willie Mays after he drove in two more runners today. He still doesn’t look entirely comfortable at the plate, but he could break out at any moment. Curtis Granderson also had 2 RBI’s, and recorded the 500th of his career.
Swisher Day-to-Day: Nick Swisher tweaked his hamstring after a walk in the third inning, and an MRI showed a slight strain in his hamstring. Things could have been much worse, and Swisher is only expected to miss 3-5 games.
Best News Of The Day: After 4 painful starts, Freddy Garcia has been removed from the starting rotation, and will be replaced by David Phelps. Phelps has been strong in long-relief situations this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and showing the ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches. Garcia will now go into the bullpen in a long-relief role, which I don’t really understand. This move makes things even more interesting for when Andy Pettite returns to the Yankees. He has a minor league start tomorrow, and then he could be promoted to the big club, which would put Phil Hughes job security on high alert.
Look Ahead: The Yankees have a chance to take first place from the surprise Baltimore Orioles, as they face off in a 3 game series. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch, and he will look to feed off of CC’s great performance.