Saturday, April 27, 2013
Postgame notes: CC, Joba, Youk and Gardy
By Wallace Matthews
The story of the day was Travis Hafner's hitting -- a three-run homer and an RBI triple that knocked in the game-winner in the Yankees 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays -- but as always, there are subplots to every game story:
• CC Sabathia's V-lo was up -- to 92 on many of his fastballs -- but his location was off, resulting in a season-high nine hits, and long home runs by Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie. Sabathia has now allowed six home runs in his last three starts. But as he often does, Sabathia outlasted the opposition, working eight full innings to earn his fourth win of the season, the most he has had in any April as a Yankee.
"I was just kind of all over the place," he said. "Later in the game, I felt better with my fastball command and the changeup started working a little better. I feel good going into my next start."
• Kevin Youkilis went hitless in three at-bats in his first start after missing six games with lower back soreness, but he did demonstrate that he's feeling better with a nice play on Cabrera in the third, fielding a grounder in the hole and then sliding into the bag to nip Melky to end the inning with a runner on third. Joe Girardi said he's fine.
• Brett Gardner said he's fine, too, after making an excellent catch against the wall in center on Jose Bautista's drive, after which he seemed to whiplash his head and neck against the fence.
• Vernon Wells' RBI single, which tied the game at four two batters before Hafner's triple, now has 12 RBI, tied with Gardner for fourth on the tesam behind Cano (17) and Hafner (14).
• Phil Hughes goes for the rare four-game sweep on Sunday afternoon against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who won the NL Cy Young Award last year for the Mets but is off to a rough start (2-3, 4.66) for Toronto. Hughes (0-2, 5.14) is 5-5 lifetime against the Blue Jays with a 5.03 ERA. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.