Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cc Wins 200th

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cc Wins 200th

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MINNEAPOLIS - Who else but Robinson Cano sparked the Yankees' latest comeback against the Twins, and this time CC Sabathia - as promised - made sure the lead wouldn't slip away.

The scorching Cano delivered a two-run double in a three-run sixth that pushed the Yankees to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night at Target Field while Sabathia picked up career victory No. 200.

"It was definitely important to me. It just felt good to get this," Sabathia said of the victory.

Manager Joe Girardi said: "He had to really grind this one out. I don't think his slider was as good as it's been, but he found a way. He always believes he can make a pitch."

On his 200th win, Sabathia said: "It's hard not to be aware of it. I don't know if it means anything right now. Maybe one day I can look back but right now we're in the middle of a season and we just have to grind it."

It was a stark contrast from Friday at Baltimore, when Sabathia was furious with himself for handing back a three-run lead in a 4-3 Orioles win.

"To not be able to hold [a lead] late in the game is extremely frustrating. I have to get better," Sabathia said that evening.

Before 38,457 fans Wednesday, Sabathia yielded two runs in seven innings and recorded nine strikeouts - tossing a season-high 121 pitches.

The Yankees (45-39) have won the first three games of this four- game set and they've trailed in each game.

Sabathia (9-6) fell behind 2-0 on a third-inning RBI double by Joe Mauer and a fifth-inning solo homer by Trevor Plouffe that bounced off the top of the center field fence.

But Sabathia also limited more damage in the third, pitching around a throwing error by newly acquired shortstop Luis Cruz and stranding runners at the corners with none out.

Twins right-handed starter P.J. Walters (2-5) had limited the Yankees to one hit until the sixth, when Brett Gardner opened with a walk and Ichiro Suzuki doubled off the right field wall, putting runners at second and third for Cano.

On a 1-2 slider by Walters, Cano ripped a game-tying double to right. …

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