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Sabathia wins 18th, Yankees beat Mariners 10-1

Sep 20, 2009 - 6:38 AM By GREGG BELL AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE(AP) -- Good thing for the Yankees and CC Sabathia that the burly left-hander has the chest of an offensive lineman.

The $161 million ace ignored a scary comebacker just below his neck and collarbone for his 18th victory, Mark Teixeira homered twice and drove in a season-high five runs and New York resumed their cruise to the AL East title with a 10-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

"When you are that big, it takes more than a line drive to get you out of there," Teixeira said of Sabathia, whose first pitch after getting lined the chest in the fifth inning was a 96 mph fastball.

Sabathia (18-7), who was 1-3 in early May, allowed four hits and one run in seven innings to bolster his candidacy for the AL's Cy Young Award. He walked two, struck out eight and tied Adam Wainwright of St. Louis for the major league lead in wins.

He also kept New York six games ahead of second-place Boston for the division lead, with 13 games left in the regular season.

But the Yankees' playoff prospects flashed before their stunned eyes in the bottom of the fifth.

Sabathia was coasting while up 6-0, thanks to Teixeira's three-run homer in a four-run top of the fifth. Then Franklin Gutierrez hit a liner high off Sabathia's chest. Manager Joe Girardi and a trainer rushed to Sabathia from the dugout, captain Derek Jeter ran in from his shortstop position, as did Alex Rodriguez from third base.

Girardi thought the ball hit Sabathia in the face. Teixeira thought it was the neck. For a moment, the key to New York's postseason rotation seemed to be in jeopardy.

Nah. He simply winced, rubbed where the ball hit, talked for a minute, refused a test warmup pitch - and then shooed everyone away.

"There's sort of no treatment for getting hit in the chest," he said, smiling. "Just go get 'em.

"Alex startled me a little when he said, 'Oh, my God!' That's when I was scared," said Sabathia, who predicted a big bruise but vowed he'll start Friday against the Red Sox.

He finished the inning - and two more scoreless ones after it, retiring the last seven he faced. But he lost the shutout in that fifth when Rodriguez skipped a rushed, one-hop throw way past Teixeira at first base on a ball hit by Jose Lopez. Gutierrez scored from first on the error.

"He had the best changeup I've seen in a long time," Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said.

His teammates were impressed.

"He's a horse. That's why he gets paid the big bucks," said Johnny Damon, who had three hits and has six in eight at-bats in the series. "We hope he stays indestructible."

Girardi was still sighing more than an hour after it happened.

"Yeah, that's a scary moment. You lose one of your starters, that could be devastating down the stretch here," the manager said. "We caught a break there."

One night after closer Mariano Rivera was stunned by a game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, the Yankees reduced their magic number for clinching a 14th postseason appearance in 15 seasons to two games. They could make the playoffs as early as Sunday. Their magic number to clinch the division is nine.

Teixeira's five RBIs leaves the MVP candidate with 118, most in the AL. He is second in the AL with 37 home runs, two behind injured Carlos Pena.

His second home run, in the ninth off Luke French, just cleared the wall in left-center field. Had it gone off it, he likely would have hit for his second career cycle.

"Overachiever!" his teammates yelled at Teixeira when he returned to the dugout.

Hideki Matsui hit his 26th home run in the fourth, a towering drive off rookie starter Doug Fister that had the large crowd gasping. He passed Don Baylor for most homers by a Yankees' designated hitter in a season. It was also his 86th RBI. Matsui had arthroscopic surgery on his knee last Sept. 22 and has had his knee drained multiple times this season, and Girardi said before the game he may not have been able to predict such production this season for the 35-year-old.

Fister (2-3) allowed nine hits and six runs in four-plus innings. The 25-year-old allowed half that many runs when he beat New York on Aug. 16.

NOTES: Sabathia improved to 6-1 at Safeco Field. He also regained the AL lead in innings from Seattle's Felix Hernandez. Sabathia has thrown 220 1-3. ... Carlos Silva, Seattle's $48 million starter, allowed two hits, a walk and a run while getting two outs in the eighth. It was his first appearance since a start on May 6. He missed 114 games while on the disabled list with a bum shoulder. ... Teixeira's triple in the first inning was his third in the last five games. He had none in his first 139 games this season.






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    Yankees 10, Mariners 1  FinalSep 21 4:08 AM


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    R Pena ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
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  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY FREDDY GUZMAN SCORED BRETT GARDNER
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MIRANDA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 10
    SEATTLE 1 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.322, 3-FOR-4)

    Yankees 10, Mariners 1  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 20 1:04 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK TEIXEIRA (37) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF LUKE FRENCH.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 9, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J HAIRSTON JR. (.242, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Yankees 9, Mariners 1  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 20 12:58 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED ROBINSON CANO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 8
    SEATTLE 1 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: F CERVELLI (.282, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Yankees 8, Mariners 1  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 20 12:34 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FRANCISCO CERVELLI SCORED ROBINSON CANO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F CERVELLI ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7
    SEATTLE 1 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.329, 1-FOR-3)

    Yankees 7, Mariners 1  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 19 11:59 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ ALLOWED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ TO
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LOPEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: M SWEENEY (.279, 1-FOR-2)

    Yankees 6, Mariners 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 19 11:51 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MARK TEIXEIRA (36) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
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    JETER.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6, SEATTLE 0
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 6, Mariners 0  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 19 11:31 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED FRANCISCO CERVELLI
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DAMON ON FIRST, D JETER ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    SEATTLE 0 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M TEIXEIRA (.285, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Yankees 3, Mariners 0  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 19 11:29 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HIDEKI MATSUI (26) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF DOUG FISTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2, SEATTLE 0
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: N SWISHER (.256, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 2, Mariners 0  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 19 11:12 PM


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    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - CC SABATHIA
    SEA - DOUG FISTER

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    F GUTIERREZ (.277, 16 HR, 60 RBI)
    J LOPEZ (.270, 24 HR, 90 RBI)

    Yankees 1, Mariners 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 19 10:22 PM