CC Sabathia allowed one run in seven innings and won his eighth straight decision as the Yankees roughed up the Mariners, 8-2. The Bronx Bombers head into the All-Star break with a record of 56-32 – best in the Majors.

AP



Initial Reaction:

Sabathia, 12-3 on the year, joined Tampa Bay’s David Price as the only 12-game winners in the American League. With the win, CC became the first Yankee to win eight straight starts since Roger Clemens in 2001. After allowing back-to-back singles in the second inning, Sabathia set down the next 11 batters he faced. CC has been the dominating workhorse at the front of the rotation for the last two months, and it really doesn’t get any better than Sabathia when he’s on his game.

Meanwhile, the Yankees knocked around Ryan Rowland-Smith pretty hard – six hits and six runs through four innings. The offense was relentless: two runs scored in the 1st inning, one in the 3rd, three in the 4th, and two in the 5th. Mark Teixeira finished the day with four hits, Jorge Posada and Marcus Thames had two hits each, and Brett Gardner reached base twice on walks. Derek Jeter drove in two on a double to deep right; Thames hit a two-run home run; Teixeira had two doubles, drove in one and scored on a wild pitch; and Robinson Cano and Posada each had one RBI. Big night for the bats.

Positives From The Game:

Other than Alex Rodrigiez squaring around to bunt (Why!?!), there were positives all around. CC was dominant yet again, the offense was firing on all cylinders, and the Yankees are the best MLB team at the end of the first-half. Nothing to complain about.

Interesting Facts:

In each of his last eight starts, Sabathia has gone at least seven innings and given up three earned runs or less.

Heading into the All-Star break: 1.) baseball’s best record (56-32); 2.) three starters with at least 11 victories; and 3.) Mariano Rivera converting 20 of 22 save opportunities.

Sabathia has not lost since May 23.

Marcus Thames’ 5th inning home run was his first homer since his walk-off longball against Boston – back in May

Since June 8, Mark Teixeira is hitting .316, with 11 doubles, nine home runs, and 26 RBIs.

What’s Next?:

The Home Run Derby is Monday night at 8 PM on ESPN, and the All-Star Game is Tuesday at 8 PM on FOX. The Yankees get to enjoy a four-day All-Star break, and will begin the second half of the 2010 season at home against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, July 16. Game one of the three-game set will feature CC Sabathia against James Shields.

R.I.P. Bob Sheppard. Whether it be at a Giants game or Yankees game, your voice will resonate with all of us forever.