When you look up ‘Big Stoppa’ in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of CC Sabathia. After dropping four of their last five games, the Yankees needed a big performance from Sabathia and he delivered. Sabathia gave the Yanks eight innings of two-run ball, earning his 150th career win. The Yankees used four straight two-out hits to plate two decisive runs in the fifth inning to pace the Yankees to a 5-2 victory.

However, the Yankees did not enjoy the win to the fullest extent. During batting practice, Lance Berkman hit a line drive at an unsuspecting Alex Rodriguez at third base. The line drive hit Rodriguez squarely in the knee. Rodriguez was in apparent pain and went to the hospital for X-Rays that came back negative. Close one..

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Initial Reaction:

First and foremost, man did this game go by quickly. Total game time checked in at roughly three hours which has to be some sort of record for a Yankee-Red Sox game.

Mentioned earlier, CC Sabathia’s start was the key to this game. Outside of the second inning when he gave up three extra base hits, Sabathia just cruised through the Red Sox lineup. Sabathia struck out the resurgent David Ortiz three-times, two of which Ortiz feverishly argued.

The Yankees only had one extra base hit tonight, a second inning Curtis Granderson triple, but they pieced together their runs and converted when they had to. Ramiro Pena’s second-inning RBI ground out was a prime example.

Positives From The Game:

If They Giveth, Taketh: Red Sox starter John Lackey did a horrible job at keeping runners close on-base. Granderson, Pena, and even Jorge Posada stole second against Lackey. It’s also a big plus that Victor Martinez is terrible defensively.

Robbie Keeps Cookin: Mentioned him last night, mention him again tonight. Robinson Cano had another multi-hit game today.

John Lackey: I’ve always hated the guy. He’s nothing special and his 4.60 ERA pretty much tells the whole story. His body language sucks and he’s just a poor excuse of a baseball player. Parents, keep your kids away from the TV when good ole John pitches.

Negatives From The Game:

Boo Birds: Lance Berkman has only notched two hits as a member of the Yankees. The boo-birds were out in full-force today as Lance kept rolling over Lackey fastballs. Berkman probably never heard boos in Houston, but if you hit Lance, we’ll love you ten times more than Houston ever did.

Pena’s defense: Pena looked a little lost in the field at times today, but hey, A-Rod should be back tomorrow.

Interesting Facts:

125 of 131: Mariano Rivera has converted 125 of his last 131 save opportunities. Wow. Just wow.

150: Tonight was Sabathia’s 150th career win. Half way to 300.

July 15, 2007: The last time Posada stole a base.

What’s Next?:

We get to enjoy more of our favorite commentators as we’ll have the pleasure of Joe Morgan and Co. broadcast the game tomorrow on ESPN.

Sunday, 8:05 PM, ESPN: Josh Beckett (3-1, 5.70 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (9-9, 4.93 ERA)

Last Start:
Beckett: Win, eight innings, one earned run, eight strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Burnett: Loss, 4 2/3 innings, eight earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Toronto)

**Beckett has given up 19 runs in 14 2/3 innings to the Yankees this season.
**Burnett has given up 11 runs in 11 2/3 innings to the Red Sox this season.