- Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork.com
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NEW YORK -- Former ace CC Sabathia was smoked again as the Rays beat the Yankees. Tampa moved into first place in the AL East with the Red Sox's loss to the Orioles. The fourth-place Yankees are seven games out.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees have a big problem with Sabathia. He's not pitching like an ace, and he's not very good.
CC STRUGGLES AGAIN: Two starts into the second half and two nearly identical clunkers. Just like in against Boston last Sunday, Sabathia went five innings and gave up seven earned runs on nine hits. On Friday, there was an ugly six-run second inning.
Over his past three starts, Sabathia has given up 22 runs (five of which were unearned).
Sabathia could never make a big pitch when he needed one. In the second, an Austin Romine throwing error didn't help, but Sabathia still could have kept the deficit to three runs. With two out and runners on second and third, Sabathia needed to find a way to retire Evan Longoria. Instead, Longoria laced a two-run double. It was the third double Sabathia allowed in the inning.
Wil Myers added an RBI single, and the inning ended after Romine took the throw to home on the play and nailed Myers trying to take second.
Sabathia's record is 9-9 with a 4.65 ERA. The only good news for him from Friday? He didn't add to his career-worst 23 homers allowed.
SORI MOMENT: With the Yankees down five runs in the third, Alfonso Soriano had a chance to return in style. Instead, with two out and the bases loaded, Soriano hit a high pop fly to medium-right field to end the inning. Soriano finished the night 0-5 with an RBI.
COMEBACK CITY:Joe Girardi basically had given up on the game when he took out Robinson Cano in the eighth, but the Yankees rallied a bit. Down 10-1 in the eighth, they added two runs. In the ninth, they added two more when Soriano came to the plate with the bases loaded and the tying run potentially in the on-deck circle. Soriano hit into a near double play that scored a run. Chris Stewart, who was playing first base by the end of the night, came up against Fernando Rodney and tried to bunt for a hit. He eventually grounded out to end the game.
ATTENDANCE: 44,486. They would have had a more exciting night if the Yankees had listened to Dr. Gross.
TIME OF GAME: Three hours, 44 minutes
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: What is wrong with CC?
NEW YORK -- Former ace CC Sabathia was smoked again as the Rays beat the Yankees. Tampa moved into first place in the AL East with the Red Sox's loss to the Orioles.