Sabathia was exceptional for most of the night giving up three runs on three hits striking out 10 with one walk. CC had complete command of all his pitches working in and out keeping the young Mariners off balance including at one point retiring 12 in a row.
After the Mariners Dustin Ackley hit a two run homer in the ninth with no outs, Yankees' manager Joe Girardi popped out of the dugout to talk to his ace left-hander and after a few words allowed Sabathia to get his 35th career complete game.
Curtis Granderson started the scoring with a two run single in the third. The Mariners cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth with a solo shot by Casper Wells. Eric Chavez hit a two run shot in the sixth to extend the lead to 4-1 and with that jack the Yankees now have hit a home run in 21 consecutive home games.
The Yankees capped off their scoring with back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh by Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez.
Mark Teixeira returned to the line up and went 1-for-4 showing no ill effects from the wrist injury he sustained against Boston. Cano, Chavez and Russell Martin had two hits each in the 12 hit Yankees' attack which went 4-for-9 with RISP.
Kevin Millwood started for the Mariners and went six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits striking out three and walking one.
Tomorrow Hiroki Kuroda will take the hill against Felix Hernandez in a 1:05 p.m. start at the Stadium.
Eric Chavez in his last at-bat in the eighth seemed to tweak his left ankle and was lifted in the ninth. Manager Joe Girardi said he should be fine.
Russell Martin caught CC Sabathia tonight for the first time since April.
Curtis Granderson was lead-off hitter for only the fourth time this season.
Alex Rodriguez made an appearance in the Yankee clubhouse and it looks like the timetable for an early September return hasn't changed.
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