Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Red-Eyed Yankees Stumble

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Red-Eyed Yankees Stumble

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CHICAGO -- CC Sabathia's renaissance had provided the Yankees a reason to hope.

If the veteran left-hander could dial up something close to one of his vintage seasons, maybe the younger members of the rotation might begin delivering on their promise -- kick-starting an actual pennant chase.

Only now, Sabathia is part of a sputtering staff that can't spark a winning streak.

"It's just incredibly frustrating," Sabathia said after the White Sox completed an 8-2 victory Monday afternoon before a Fourth of July crowd of 30,955 at U.S. Cellular Field. "We came out and had the lead early and I couldn't hold it."

After Chase Headley's second-inning, two-run homer off James Shields (4-9), Sabathia gave up five runs in his six innings - the damage punctuated with two-run homers by Tim Anderson and Dioner Navarro.

Sabathia (5-6) still racked up nine strikeouts, making Monday's start all the more baffling.

"The stuff is good, the stuff is there," Sabathia said. "I'm just not executing pitches when I need to."

And that's evidence enough to explain Sabathia's 0-2 record and 8.31 ERA over his past three starts; he'd gone 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA over his first 11 starts.

"You put together streaks with your rotation," said Joe Girardi, whose club has lost six of its past nine games. But the manager didn't put Monday's loss on Sabathia. "I thought he did a really good job of overcoming some of our mistakes around him."

Other than Headley's homer and a 4-for-4 day with two doubles by Starlin Castro, on the ex-Cub's return to the Windy City, Girardi's club displayed little holiday sparkle.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius went 0-for-4 and made three fielding errors while the Yankees (40-42) went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, stranding 11 men all told.

"It was a tough day, a quick turnaround with the day game and the time change and all of that," Brett Gardner said of the Yankees' travel from San Diego on Sunday for Monday's 1:11 p.m. start. "But that's part of it. …

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