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CC Sabathia Dominates as the Yankees Blank the Red Sox 5-0

Sports Betting News - August 9th, 2009 - Written by Bruce

After his teammate A.J. Burnett shut down the Yankees the night before, CC Sabathia was brilliant on Saturday as he dominated the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees held the Red Sox scoreless for the second straight game, winning last night's contest 5-0. Sabathia was in complete control as he held the Red Sox with a run pitching all the way into the eighth inning. The Yankees left hander was simply amazing as he didn't allow a single runner past second base. He was finally taken out of the game with two outs in the eighth inning. Philip Hughes came into the game and closed out the inning with a strikeout. Right handed reliever David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the shut out. New York has now won six straight games, while the Red Sox have struggled losing their last five games.

This is a very important four game series for both teams as the AL East division lead was on the line. The Yankees have won the first three games which has now given them a 5.5 game lead in the division. This is their largest lead of the season, with the Yankees starting to pull away from their bitter rivals. New York has now won seven of their last ten games, while Boston has lost six of their last ten games played. Sabathia held the Red Sox under control carrying a no hitter for much of the game. The Yankees got three hits from Robinson Cano, and a big two run home run from Derek Jeter in the eighth inning. This was more than enough run support for a New York team who has now held the Red Sox scoreless over the last 24 innings. This is the longest shut out streak for the Yankees against their rivals in 57 years.

Sabathia carried a perfect game into the fifth inning last night. He flirted with a no hitter for much of the game, until giving up a single to Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs in the sixth inning. After starting this season fairly slow, Sabathia has pitched extremely well of late winning four of his last five starts. For the season, Sabathia is now 12-7 with a 3.67 ERA. The Yankees spent a boat load of money to bring both Sabathia and A.J. Burnett to New York. Their remarkable performances over the last two games is exactly why the Yankees spent a whopping $243.5 million to acquire them. Boston will hope to prevent a sweep in a series of this magnitude when the two team's play again on Sunday. The Yankees will have veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte on the mound, while the Red Sox will counter with Jon Lester. Sunday's night game will be huge for both teams as New York tries to win all of four games of this pivotal series.

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