In re­turn, it’s ‘clas­sic’ Sa­bathia

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

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 the Yan­kees one-hit the White Sox 4-0 on Satur­day to end a fourgame 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, al­though it didn’t feel quite 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 and be­ing back on the mound, it’s cool.”

Johnny Van­der Meer pitched back-to-back no­hit­ters for the Reds in 1938, walk­ing a to­tal of 11 in those two games.

Boone kept Sa­bathia, 38, on a short leash in his first start fol­low­ing off­sea­son op­er­a­tions on his heart and right knee. The big left­hander struck out three, rais­ing his ca­reer to­tal to 2,989.

Sa­bathia had an al­most iden­ti­cal line last Septem­ber against the Rays. This was his first reg­u­lar sea­son start since.

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

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