Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Roll over Red Sox Behind 14-Hit Outburst, 'Gutty' Outing by CC

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Roll over Red Sox Behind 14-Hit Outburst, 'Gutty' Outing by CC

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A fired-up CC Sabathia came out roaring, shouting in the direction of the Red Sox dugout.

Angered at Eduardo Nunez's attempt to bunt for a hit against him - "I just feel like they tried to take the weak road, I guess" - the veteran lefty had just registered two strikeouts to end the first inning, stranding the bases loaded.

By punctuating those Ks with a few expletives on Thursday night, Sabathia showed there was life in the Yankees after a demoralizing three-game sweep by Cleveland.

And just maybe, there was a reason to believe in that fast-fading chance at an AL East title.

"This is fun man. These are big games," Sabathia said after the Yankees' 6-2 win before 43,309 fans at the Stadium.

Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird each belted home runs, boosting Sabathia's six gutty innings.

After David Robertson's two scoreless relief innings, the Yanks survived a turbulent ninth by Dellin Betances, who walked two batters and hit two batters, yielding a run without a hit before getting the final two outs with the bases loaded.

Boston's lead is still 4.5 games over the second-place Yanks (71-62), who out-hit the Red Sox (76-58) by a 14-4 count in taking the first of a four-game set.

And Sabathia is now 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in four starts this season against Boston, a club he chastised as "just kind of weak" for choosing to bunt on him in the first inning.

"Just shows what they got over there," said Sabathia, who alternated between being amused and annoyed at the Red Sox for trying to take advantage of a 37-year-old with an arthritic right knee.

"It just gets you fired up. It makes you want to beat them...just even more so after that," said Sabathia, who felt the Sox were giving him "too much respect" for his showing against them in 2017. "I mean, let's go. Swing the bat."

Batting second in the game, with one out, the ex-Yankee Nunez bunted toward Sabathia, who had time but threw the ball away for an error. …

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