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Sabathia stops Orioles again

But injuries taking a toll on Yankees

Associated Press / May 4, 2010

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Jorge Posada was long gone by the end of the game, sent away for an MRI on his tight right calf. When the ninth inning started, Joba Chamberlain emerged from New York’s bullpen because Mariano Rivera was unavailable because of stiffness in his left side.

It didn’t cost them on this night, but injuries are beginning to pile up for the Yankees.

CC Sabathia pitched eight strong innings in another sterling start against Baltimore, Randy Winn hit a three-run homer, and banged-up New York beat the Orioles, 4-1, last night at Yankee Stadium.

“I think any time you start seeing guys get a little bit nicked up it’s a concern,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Sabathia gave up one run — Matt Wieters’s second-inning homer — and six hits while improving to 11-1 in 16 career starts against Baltimore. He also beat the Birds last Wednesday.

“I was trying to find it a little earlier in the game,’’ Sabathia said. “After we scored some runs, I was able to settle down and try to throw the ball over the plate and make them swing early in the count.’’

Girardi said Posada’s calf started bothering him during his second at-bat, as if someone hit him in the leg. An MRI revealed a mild strain, and the Yankees said he was day to day.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 1 — Brett Cecil took a perfect game into the seventh inning for visiting Toronto and settled for the victory with a career-high 10 strikeouts. The lefthander gave up one hit over eight innings. “Baseball-wise, it was a great night, just awesome,’’ Cecil said. “I feel like [garbage]. I woke up with a headache and I’m all stuffed up. Papi [pitching coach Bruce Walton] said I should get sick before every game.’’

Rockies 5, Padres 2 — Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a career-high 13, becoming the first six-game winner in the majors, to lead visiting Colorado. Jimenez held the Padres to one run and four hits in seven innings.

Twins 10, Tigers 4 — Wilson Ramos had another three hits in Joe Mauer’s place, and Michael Cuddyer added a three-run homer to help host Minnesota snap Detroit’s five-game winning streak. Mauer missed his third straight game because of a bruised left heel.

Cardinals 6, Phillies 3 — Jaime Garcia (3-1) gave up one run in six innings and David Freese had three RBIs to lead visiting St. Louis.

Diamondbacks 9, Astros 1 — Cesar Valdez won his major league debut and Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer as visiting Arizona handed Houston its seventh straight defeat.

Reds 3, Mets 2 — Laynce Nix hit a solo, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to keep host Cincinnati perfect (3-0) in extra innings.

White Sox 5, Royals 1 — Jake Peavy (1-2) pitched seven-plus shutout innings to lead host Chicago.

Rangers 4, Athletics 2 — Rich Harden (2-1) struck out a season-high nine in seven scoreless innings as first-place Texas won its season-best fourth straight game. The dismal crowd of 8,874 was the A’s lowest since they drew 6,295 against Seattle April 3, 2003.

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