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Yankees 5, Red Sox 0: Brilliant

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How good was CC Sabathia today?

2 hits, 2 walks, 9Ks over 7.2IP.

He was dominant.  He threw 66% of his pitches for strikes.

He brought his heater in the upper nineties.  He brought vicious break on the curve and slider, as well as a nice change of pace on his change-up.

It wasn't until the 7th inning that Boston put two runners on base, and a quick 4-6-3 alleviated the problem.

Give credit where it's due: Clay Buchholz was pretty lucky.  He worked out of the trouble his 5 walks and 6 hits got him into.

The Yankees missed an early opportunity to blow it open in the 3rd.  Melky hit an infield single and Jose Molina drew a  rare walk.  Derek Jeter came to the plate to bunt (why why why?) before working the count full; then, he ground into a 5-4-3.  Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira followed the twin killing with a walk and a single before Arod ground out.  If Jeter could have gotten around on that pitch, Buchholz wouldn't have made it through the 6th inning.

After going meekly in the 4th and 5th, the Yankees manufactured a run in the 6th.  I wish I'd had the radio on to hear Jon Sterling croon.  Robbie Cano fouled off a few pitches before doubling in the gap.  Swisher successfully bunted the first pitch he saw, sacrificing Cano to third.  After an intentional walk to Walk-Off King Melky Cabrera, Molina hit a sac fly to center to plate Cano.

The Red Sox pen did not bring it like yesterday, and the Yanks tacked on 3 runs before David Robertson made things a little too interesting in the top of the 9th.  Thankfully, he worked in and out of trouble.

As I watched Phil Hughes pitch another 0.1 inning it occurred to me: Girardi is protecting Hughes' arm, either from overuse, overexposure, or an innings cap less publicized than Joba's.  He's a lock to throw a career high number of innings this season (his high was 72.2 in 2007, he's thrown 65.2 through today).  It's a sound strategy. While Joe G. would have gotten criticized if Mariano Rivera had needed to fire it up to save a 5-0 game, I whole-heartedly support caring for the young arms.

By the way, the Red Sox have now scored 6 runs in 33 innings in the Bronx.

We've taken the first 3.  Bring your brooms tomorrow.