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New York Yankees Win 6-1 in C.C. Sabathia’s Return to the Mound

July 18th, 2012 at 12:20 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 as C.C. Sabathia returned from the disabled list and took the mound for New York. Sabathia pitched six shutout innings with six strikeouts in his first start since June, improving his record to 10-3 this season. 

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Following Sabathia, Cody Eppley and Boone Logan combined to pitch a perfect seventh inning as they each recorded a hold. Chad Qualls pitched the eight and started the ninth, but allowed a run on two hits and a walk in an inning and a third. 

Clay Rapada also pitched in the ninth, giving up a hit to the only batter he faced. Rafael Soriano finished the game, retiring the final two batters of the ninth to pick up his 24th save of the season. 

In the second inning, Andruw Jones gave the Yankees an early lead with a three run home run. The Yankees would then hold that 3-0 lead until the seventh, when the team would rally for three more runs. 

Chris Stewart started the scoring with an RBI double, followed by an RBI double by Derek Jeter and then an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. 

The red-hot Yankees have picked up right where they left off after their impressive finish to the first half of the season. In five games since the All-Star break, the Yankees are 4-1 and have increased their lead in the AL East to nine and a half games ahead of the second place Tampa Bay Rays. 

The Yankees will attempt to sweep the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 PM ET for the final game of the three game series. 

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