‘Clas­sic CC’ beats White Sox

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - BASEBALL -

NEW YORK — CC Sa­bathia per­formed a big league first Satur­day: con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar sea­son starts of at least five in­nings, no walks and no more than one hit.

Among Sa­bathia's more re­mark­able feats, con­sid­er­ing what came be­tween.

“That is clas­sic CC right there,” said Yankees man­ager Aaron Boone.

Sa­bathia be­gan his 19th and fi­nal big league sea­son with five stel­lar in­nings, pinch-hit­ter Luke Voit came through with a bro­ken-bat RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth and New York one-hit the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Satur­day to end a four-game slide.

Sa­bathia al­lowed a hit and no other baserun­ners in his first start since hav­ing a stent in­serted after block­age was found in an artery from his heart in De­cem­ber. He's the first pitcher ever with five in­nings, one hit and no walks over back-to-back starts, per the Elias Sports Bureau, al­though it didn't feel as smooth as it looked.

“I was out there the first in­ning, I was like, shak­ing,” said Sa­bathia, who plans to re­tire after the sea­son. “Think­ing from where I came from in De­cem­ber and ac­tu­ally be­ing back on the mound, it's cool. I was able to kind of har­ness those nerves.”

Johnny Van­der Meer pitched back-to-back no-hit­ters for Cincin­nati in 1938, walk­ing a to­tal of 11 in those two games.

White Sox starter Ivan Nova (0-2) du­eled with Sa­bathia, pitch­ing four-hit ball into the sev­enth. He was pulled after al­low­ing Gley­ber Tor­res' lead­off sin­gle, and the for­mer Yan­kee right-han­der was cheered by some Bronx fans as he walked off.

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Yankees starter CC Sa­bathia sur­ren­dered just one hit in five score­less in­nings Satur­day.

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