Update: Sabathia is done. He allowed a hit to Kelly Shoppach with two outs in the eighth.
Update: Pat Burrell continues to collect a pay check as he weakly popped up to center field. 2 outs in the 8th. 4 outs away.
Update: Another terrific defensive play to start the bottom of the 8th. Willy Aybar hit one back to the mound, CC tried to bare-hand it, but it deflected away right to Robinson Cano who made the play at first. Wow. 5 outs away.
I know some people might blast me for posting this, but I’m not overly superstitious and I know that nothing I do here in New York is going to change anything going on in Tampa.
But if you are not already doing so, you’d better tune your TV or radio into the Yankees game because CC Sabathia has already thrown seven innings and has yet to allow a hit to the Tampa Bay Rays. If you have the bad luck to be working on a Saturday and can’t tune in, stay put and I’ll keep you updated.
The problem may be that Sabathia has already passed the 100 pitch mark and it’s only April 10 so Joe Girardi may look to pull him, but my guess is he’ll pitch until he gives up a run.
Sabathia has gotten a great deal of help from his defense. Mark Teixeira saved him in the sixth inning on a line drive that nearly was a hit and Alex Rodriguez made an equally impressive play in the seventh when he dove to his left, got up, and threw the runner out to preserve the no-hit bid.