On a hot, steamy May evening, the big man was dealing. CC Sabathia threw eight dominant innings, yielding only six hits and one home run to Oriole catcher, Matt Wieters. Sabathia improved to 4-1 on the season with a 2.74 ERA. Yankees took the game, 4-1.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Initial Reaction:

Great teams are defined by clutch players. This includes the first man on the roster all the way down to the 25th. With Curtis Granderson on the disabled list, Randy Winn got the start in left field and came up huge. He had a 4th inning, three-run home run that won the game for the Yankees. CC Sabathia had another great start and has been worth every penny so far. Joba Chamberlain recorded the save (more on that below).

Positives From The Game:

Big Poppa: Sabathia has been an absolute work horse for the Yankees.

Swish Hawk: Nick Swisher has been on a tear. He is 8 for 16 during this home stand so far with two home runs and five RBIs.

Yankee Defense: The Yankees turned three double plays tonight.

Negatives From The Game:

A Crazy Calf?: Yankee catcher, Jorge Posada left the 5th inning tonight due to a tight calf. He was taken to the hospital for x-rays and is considered to be day-to-day.

Interesting Facts:

Joba Rules #2: The Yankees opted to close the game with Joba Chamberlain instead of Mariano Rivera. Rivera has not pitched since Friday, so it was a little strange that he didn’t close out the win. Chamberlain picked up his second career save tonight.

Update 10:23 PM: Via Lo Hud Yankees blog: “The reason Joba closed was because Rivera was unavailable. It was revealed that he had tightness in his left side since Saturday. He played catch today, felt good but didn’t want to push it. He will try to throw tomorrow to see if he can go. He said he wasn’t worried, that if this were October, he would’ve been out there.”

494: Yankee left fielder Randy Winn went 494 at-bats between home runs.

Gold Standard: Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira received their 2009 Gold Glove awards prior to the game.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will look to take their eighth series in nine chances tomorrow night.

Tuesday, 7:05PM, YES: AJ Burnett (3-0, 2.43 ERA) vs. Brian Matusz (2-1, 4.40 ERA)

Career Stats:
Burnett: 10-2, 4.76 ERA
Matusz: 1-1, 2.77 ERA