Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cc Does Enough to Win

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cc Does Enough to Win

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NEW YORK -- Without a win in more than a month, CC Sabathia didn't need perfection as much as he simply needed to find a way to get back in the win column.

So Sabathia wouldn't sweat the six walks or the long home run he'd surrendered in his six-plus innings of work. He would happily take the run support and the win as the Yankees beat the Angels, 14- 7, Tuesday night at the Stadium.

"I think [the win] matters more than anything else to me," Sabathia said. "Not that I get the win, but if the team wins the game I'm pitching."

The Yankees broke open a tight game with four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Alfonso Soriano provided a spark with a pair of homers and six RBI on the night. Even Alex Rodriguez quieted the boos for a moment with a two-run double in the sixth.

There was little other than the win for Sabathia to take from this performance -- the three hits allowed not hiding his struggles to find the strike zone against the Angels' struggling offense. Sabathia threw 110 pitches -- just 63 for strikes -- as he nibbled around the edges of the plate. But he got a win for the first time since July 3 and evened his record at 10-10.

Hours before he would take the mound, Sabathia stood in the doorway to the Yankee locker room, just a few feet from his locker, while waiting for the crowd to clear out -- not with questions for him, but for Derek Jeter, who was about to take the field for a bit of rehabilitation work.

For Sabathia, the questions didn't come in the pregame as part of a starting pitcher's ritual, but then the answers to the questions for him are perhaps harder to come by than they are for Jeter's simple prognosis of a strained calf.

There is no injury to blame, instead just age and wear and tear on his 33-year-old left arm. The Yankees look for small signs, some hint that Sabathia will return to the form that he carried for his first four seasons in New York.

Since earning his 200th win July 3, Sabathia was 0-4 with a pair of no-decisions, having given up 28 earned runs (and 33 overall) in 36 innings going into the night.

This start didn't seem bound to be much better as, after striking out the first two batters, Sabathia surrendered a walk and a two- run homer, then a single before finally striking out Josh Hamilton to retire the side. …

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