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CC Sabathia responds to 'bitter' Jim Rice

CC Sabathia responds to 'bitter' Jim Rice

Two somewhat-related items we took away from the Yankees' 6-2 victory over the Red Sox in Thursday night's opener of this four-game series in the Bronx.

The Yankees won the game 6-2 behind a strong pitching performance from CC Sabathia but Sabathia became incensed in the first inning when former his Yankees teammate Eduardo Nunez bunted and reached on a throwing error by Sabathia. Sabathia, who has had multiple knee surgeries, felt the move was disrespectful, because it jeopardized his health.

"I [said] 'I'm sorry, ' but I have to do it, that's my game", Nunez said. "If you tell him to leave some of that chicken, that donut and that burger weight - maybe his leg will be OK that he can field that baseball", Rice said. "I don't care if he's mad".

The Red Sox have used the small-ball strategy in Sabathia's last two starts against them. "They should want to go out and kick my butt". His anger stemmed from Eduardo Nunez's bunt that happened four batters earlier.

"Just kind of weak to me". With timely help from his defense, he improved to 8-0 in 10 starts this year following a Yankees loss.

"I don't think it's a coincidence".

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Sabathia left after six innings, allowing four hits and five walks but with six strikeouts and just one earned run in his 250th career start.

David Robertson worked two hitless innings and Dellin Betances walked home a run in the ninth before retiring Mookie Betts and pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland with the bases loaded to end a game that lasted 3 hours, 44 minutes. He was done after six, NY won 6-2, and Sabathia improved to 4-0 vs. Boston in 2017.

When the Yankees tied it a half inning later on Gary Sanchez' 28th home run of the season, the solo blast was very almost a three-run shot.

"Tonight, might have been his best power that he's had in quite some time", Boston manager John Farrell said.

"Just happens sometimes", Nunez said. Didi Gregorius added an RBI single, and Bird had a run-scoring single in the seventh.

They were still within a run in the middle of the sixth inning, but they ultimately gave up 14 hits, botched a costly pop-up and surrendered two pivotal home runs.


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