YANKEES 10, RAYS 0
CC Sabathia’s date with no-hit destiny will have to wait for another day, but the big left-hander threw a masterpiece on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays just the same.
Sabathia pitched 7 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball and settled for a combined two-hit shutout with David Robertson while the New York Yankees’ hitters were carving up the Rays for a 10-0 victory at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
Robinson Cano led the air assault on the Rays with a two-run home run to ignite the scoring in the fourth and an RBI single in the ninth for three RBIs.
Sabathia (1-0) earned his first victory of the season. Rookie right-hander Wade Davis (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season.
Both teams are now 3-2 on the young season.
Kelly Shoppach’s hit on Sabathia’s 111th pitch actually saved manager Joe Girardi some criticism. Girardi revealed after the game that he was taking Sabathia out after eight innings whether he had the no-hitter or not. Girardi said he had reached his pitch limit. . . . The last no-hitter in Yankee history was David Cone’s perfect game on July 18, 1999. Girardi was the catcher in that game. . . . The last major-league no-hitter was Mark Buerhle’s perfect game on July 23, 2009. The opponent that dat was the Tampa Bay Rays. . . . Though the 29,892 in attendance harbored a huge contingent of Yankee fans, if you listen carefully to the soundtrack of the ovation Sabathia received as he left the mound in the eighth, you can actually hear a lot of boos from Rays fans. This shows that the cowbell-ringing brethren represent one of the least mature and enlightened baseball crowds you ever will experience at a game. These are the fans who come more to boo the Yankees than to cheer for the Rays. . . . Rodriguez’s single in the second inning was his 1,000th hit as a Yankee. He is the 39th player in team history to reach that plateau. . . . If the Rays hope to compete in the AL East they better do something about their bullpen. Former Yankee left Randy Choate and Mike Ekstrom combined to pitch 1 2/3 innings of relief and gave up six runs on seven hits and four walks. That is a combined ERA of 32.39. Ouch!
THE NEXT GAME
Now that the Yankees have handed the upstart Rays a bitter dose of Yankee reality on Saturday, the 2010 World Champions will go for the series win on Sunday. Right-hander A.J. Burnett will pitch for the Yankees. He will be opposed by Rays’ ace James Shields.
Last season, Burnett was 4-0 with 1.97 ERA against the Rays. Shields is 1-7 with a 6.00 ERA in his career against the Yankees.
Game-time is 1:40 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast locally on the YES Network and nationally by TBS.