MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH
CC Sabathia was hoping to build on his last start when he took the mound Tuesday night. It wasn't easy, but the big left-hander did enough to win for the first time since July 3, leading the Yankees to a 14-7 victory over the Angels.
Sabathia allowed three runs -- two earned -- on three hits over six-plus innings, though he issued a season-high six walks, twice as many as he had issued in any of his previous 24 outings.
"I felt like I was just missing," Sabathia said. "I felt pretty good. I didn't feel tired, I didn't feel anything. I was just missing with the fastball."
Sabathia gave up a two-run homer in the first by Mark Trumbo, the 26th long ball allowed by the starter this season, a career high.
Sabathia allowed two hits in the first, then didn't give up another until a leadoff single in the seventh. He was hurt by some poor fielding by his own infield, but he worked around the errors to minimize the damage.
"I got into some tough spots tonight, but was able to make some pitches, get some outs, and that's the biggest thing," Sabathia said. "I would get some runners on base earlier in the year and wasn't able to make pitches, and it was a merry-go-round. Being able to hold these guys off and let these guys come back and score runs felt good."
Joe Girardi loved seeing his offense score 14 runs, but he said Sabathia's outing -- which followed a 7 1/3-inning, three-run no-decision last week -- was the most encouraging thing for him as the Yankees try to get back into the postseason mix.
"I thought CC was excellent," Girardi said. "He probably should've pitched about eight innings with as many outs as he got. But we gave him a lot of extra outs. He kept them in check."
MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won three
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Angels (Jered Weaver, 7-5, 2.87) at Yankees (Ivan Nova, 5-4, 2.93)
--LF Alfonso Soriano had seven games with at least five RBIs before Tuesday night when he homered twice and had a career-best six RBIs. Soriano had his 34th career multi-home run game, seventh as a Yankee and first with them since Sept. 22, 2003. Soriano's big night also raised his batting average from .193 to .250.
--RHP Ivan Nova was one strike away from his sixth victory after holding the Tigers to one run despite allowing eight hits in seven innings. Nova did not get a decision as the Yankees won in 10 innings Friday and will try again for his 35th career victory Wednesday against the Angels. Since returning to the rotation on June 23, Nova is 3-3 with a 1.92 ERA in seven starts. Nova is 3-2 with a 5.87 ERA in five career starts against the Angels.
--SS Derek Jeter would like to be activated from the DL when he is eligible on Sunday in Boston. That decision is not up to him but Jeter slightly increased his baseball activities Tuesday by taking live batting practice on the field, fielding ground balls at shortstop and doing some light running in the outfield. He will head to Tampa Thursday and continue recovering at the team's minor league facility.
--LHP CC Sabathia avoided a career-high seventh straight winless start with an interesting final line. In six-plus innings, he allowed three runs (two earned) and three hits. He also struck out seven but tied a career worst with six walks. That marked the fourth time he walked six and first since April 22, 2010 at Oakland.
--RF Vernon Wells got the start Tuesday and had two hits in his first two at-bats before getting pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth. His first hit was his first home run since May 15, a span of 208 at-bats. Wells could get another start Thursday against LHP C.J. Wilson. He has 11 hits in his last 35 at-bats.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just see a lot of video because I just come from the National League. So I don't know those guys. I just had to get comfortable with some of those guys I never see before. I just saw a lot of video to get something in my mind to feel comfortable at home plate." -- DH Alfonso Soriano, after hitting two homers and rolling up six RBIs in Tuesday's 14-7 win over the Angels.
MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - ROSTER REPORT
--SS Derek Jeter (strained right quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 3. He missed the first half of the season due to a broken left ankle, got hurt in his first game back, and now is on the DL for the third time this year. He likely will head to the team's complex in Tampa after their current homestand ends Aug. 15 to continue his rehab. Jeter is eligible to be activated from the DL on Aug. 17 but that doesn't appear likely to happen. He took live batting practice on the field Aug. 13, fielding ground balls at shortstop and doing some light running in the outfield. He will head to Tampa Aug. 15 and continue recovering at the team's minor league facility.
--3B Kevin Youkilis (lumbar back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 14, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 7. It's his second trip to the DL this season because of the same injury. Youkilis, who missed 30 games in April and May, experienced numbness in his foot and calf when he woke up June 14, likely the result of a nerve issue. He had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back on June 20, and he will be out of action until late August or early September. He said Aug. 11 he was approximately at week seven of his recovery and his surgeon told him the fastest anyone has returned from the same operation is 12 weeks.
--RHP David Phelps (strained right forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He made rehab starts July 23 and July 30 for Double-A Trenton, but he was scratched from his Aug. 4 start with soreness in the forearm. A new minor strain was revealed, prompting the Yankees to shut him down for 14 more days.
--C Francisco Cervelli (fractured right hand, stress reaction in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 1. He was diagnosed with the elbow injury July 3. He was moved to the restricted list Aug. 5 when he received a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis probe. Cervelli visited Dr. James Andrews on Aug. 5 and was told he would not require surgery.
--DH Travis Hafner (strained right rotator cuff) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 27.
--3B Luis Cruz (sprained right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 23.
--OF Zoilo Almonte (left ankle sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 20. He was sent to the Yankees' complex in Tampa.
--1B Mark Teixeira (right wrist inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 16, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 6. He had season-ending surgery July 2 since the torn tendon sheath suffered in March never healed. He is wearing a wrist cast. He said he hopes to start his rehab at the end of August. Teixeira said he will take it slow since he won't play this year.
LHP CC Sabathia
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
RHP Phil Hughes
LHP Andy Pettitte
RHP Ivan Nova
RHP Mariano Rivera (closer)
RHP David Robertson
RHP Joba Chamberlain
LHP Boone Logan
RHP Preston Claiborne
RHP Shawn Kelley
RHP Adam Warren
RHP Dellin Betances
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Robinson Cano
SS Eduardo Nunez
3B Alex Rodriguez
INF Jayson Nix
LF Vernon Wells
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Alfonso Soriano
OF Brett Gardner