Stewart and Sabathia help Yankees win 8-3 over Twins
The New York Yankees evened up their series with the Minnesota Twins with an 8-3 victory. Yankees starter CC Sabathia went 7 1/3 innings and striking out seven. Sabathia earned his first win of the young season.
He was helped by the Yankees lineup that was switched around right before game time. Mark Teixeria was scratched with flu-like symptoms. Chris Stewart was in the lineup to give Russell Martin a day off and contributed majorly to the win. Stewart hit a two RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. According to MLB.com, Stewart’s three RBI was his career high for a single game.
The Yankees would never trail again in the game. Andruw Jones hit a solo home run in the fourth and Derek Jeter added an RBI in the fifth to make it 7-3. Stewart would add another run on his RBI single in the seventh.
After a shaky start Sabathia settled in and retired the Twins in order for the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. He needed to go deep into this game to give the bullpen a much needed rest.
According to the Associated Press, Twins starter Francisco Liriano has not won since Aug. 20 and has an 11.91 ERA this season.
The four-game series continues tonight in the Bronx as Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound for the Yankees against Jason Marquis, making his 2012 season debut.