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Rapid Reaction: Yankees 8, Rockies 3

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WHAT IT MEANS: Major League Baseball has its first 10-game winner: Carsten Charles Sabathia.

The 30-year-old left-handed ace took a shutout bid into the eighth inning and struck out a season high-tying nine Rockies in the Yankees' 8-3 win on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia's final line: 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO

Sabathia (10-4), who also fanned nine Orioles on May 19, has now won seven of his past eight starts, and owns a 19-7 lifetime record in interleague play. He also improved to 25-7 at home as a Yankee.

Sabathia notched his 50th career win as a Yankee in his 85th start with the team on Saturday afternoon, matching Chien-Ming Wang as the fastest pitcher to record 50 wins as a Yankees starter over the past 30 years.

The Yankees, who snapped a two-game losing skid to move 13 games over the .500 mark, improved to an MLB-best 21-4 in day games. However, they are just 23-27 at night.

A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez had three RBIs on Saturday afternoon, and has driven in five runs in the past two games. Rodriguez has collected 50 RBIs on the season.

TEX: Mark Teixeira slugged his team-leading 22nd homer of the season -- a two-run shot -- in the eighth. He also tops the Yankees with 57 RBIs. Teixeira now trails Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, 23-22, for the most homers in baseball.

GRANDYMAN: Curtis Granderson snapped out of a 1-for-10 funk with a 2-for-5 afternoon at the plate, with two runs scored and an RBI. However, Granderson hasn't homered in his past 11 games.

SWISH: Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 with an RBI and is hitting .409 (9-for-22) in his past six games.

SADO: Jorge Posada had three hits and a run batted in to raise his average to .232.

UP NEXT: Joe Torre, Bernie Williams and Lou Piniella will make their Old-Timers' Day debuts on Sunday afternoon. Afterward, the Yankees and Rockies will complete their three-game set. Ivan Nova (7-4, 4.13) starts for New York against Colorado's Juan Nicascio (2-1, 4.71).