Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knee Forces Early Exit in Yankees' Loss

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knee Forces Early Exit in Yankees' Loss

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Sabathia's been trending downward since June 13, averaging just below 4.2 innings over his last seven starts. And in his last three starts, Sabathia is 0-2, pitching to an 8.10 ERA against the Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays.

TORONTO - CC Sabathia's nights have been getting shorter lately, a trend that continued Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run homers off Sabathia, lifted after just three innings in the Blue Jays' 4-2 win against the Yankees before 41,596 fans.

After the game, manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia was having discomfort in his arthritic right knee and that's why he was pulled. A stint on the DL is possible.

"It's been healthy all year," Sabathia said. "To go out [Tuesday] and not have it [healthy]? It's frustrating."

Sabathia said he's flying back to N.Y. to be examined today.

Under the opened roof, Donaldson took advantage of a 2-and-0 pitch and a 3-and-0 pitch by Sabathia, punishing homers in the first and third innings as the last-place Blue Jays (53-59) improved to 16-8 at home against the Yankees (59-52) over the past three seasons.

Sabathia (9-5) had entered the game with the AL's lowest road ERA (2.29) this year in 10 starts, and he hadn't yielded a homer to Donaldson in 35 career at-bats until Tuesday night.

And despite a shaky season overall, Toronto lefty J.A. Happ maintained his run of solid performances against the Yankees.

By limiting the Yanks to one run over 5.2 innings, Happ (5-8) improved to 6-0 with a 2.23 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Bronx Bombers dating to 2014.

Sabathia's been trending downward since June 13, averaging just below 4.2 innings over his last seven starts. And in his last three starts, Sabathia is 0-2, pitching to an 8.10 ERA against the Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays.

Tuesday night's trouble began with leadoff hitter Jose Bautista, who drove an opposite-field double and was - somewhat surprisingly - pure sacrifice to third by ex-Yankee Russell Martin's bunt to Sabathia. Donaldson followed by launching a rocket over the center field fence for a 2-0 lead. …

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