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CC succeeds where others would fail

Without his 'A' game, Sabathia shows why he's the one Yankees starter you can trust

Updated: August 29, 2010, 2:20 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

CHICAGO -- As a ballgame it was an absolute mess, 3½ hours of utter chaos in which the Yankees held a six-run lead after five innings but still had to drag Mariano Rivera out of his rocking chair to get the final three outs.

They wound up beating the White Sox 12-9, remaining in a first-place tie with the Tampa Bay Rays, who beat the Red Sox, but one enormous question hung over the proceeding after all the euphoria had begun to fade away.

What if any pitcher on the Yankees staff ...

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