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Thursday, April 24, 2014
How Lackey dominated the Yankees

By ESPN Stats & Information

John Lackey had his second career start with 11 strikeouts and no walks against the Yankees on Wednesday night. He joins Pedro Martinez as the only players in major league history with multiple games against the Yankees with 11 strikeouts and no walks.

How he beat the Yankees:

• 75.7 percent of his pitches were strikes, his highest rate in the past 6 seasons.

• He threw 60.4 percent of his pitches in the strike zone, his second-highest rate in the past 6 seasons.

• One batter reached a 3-ball count, tied for his fewest in any start in the past 6 seasons (Brian McCann in first inning -- flew out to center).

• The Yankees went 4-for-20 with 7 strikeouts in at bats ending with his fastball, tied for his second-most strikeouts with his fastball in the past 6 seasons

A note on tonight’s Yankees starter: CC Sabathia has not thrown as hard this season as he has in years past. Fifty-six of his 410 pitches have traveled 90 mph or faster this season (13.7 percent). Last season, 49.6 percent of his pitches were thrown 90 mph or faster.