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MINNEAPOLIS -- This hasnt been the smoothest of seasons for C.C. Sabathia. Hes still coming through when it counts for the New York Yankees. Sabathia struck out 10 batters over eight innings and New York beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 on Wednesday to remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East. The Orioles beat Toronto 12-2 on Wednesday night. The Yankees visit the Blue Jays for four games starting Thursday. Baltimore, after an off day, plays Boston at home this weekend. Sabathia will pitch again next week when the Yankees host the Red Sox. "This is what he can do. He can string a bunch of good ones together. And if theres a time, nows the time," manager Joe Girardi said. Sabathia (14-6) threw 89 of his 118 pitches for strikes, including three straight to Twins All-Star Joe Mauer for the second of his three strikeouts in the fourth inning. Mauer, who began the day three points in the batting race behind Detroits Triple Crown chaser Miguel Cabrera with a .326 average, went 0 for 4. "Thats the best Ive seen him, and Ive been watching him for a long time," Mauer said. "When I was up there he was both sides of the plate: fastball, slider, sinker. He threw me everything, and everything was working." Sabathia spent two stints on the disabled list this summer, for a strained left groin and an inflamed left elbow. This was his first win in six starts, and he credited impeccable command of his fastball to set up his other pitches. "Were in a race. We know its going to be tough. So you want to go out and do well every time out," Sabathia said, adding: "Hopefully, I can go out and pitch well again the next time. Ill take what I can out of this one and be ready to go five days from now." Robinson Cano hit a two-run double and Curtis Granderson added a two-run triple during a six-run third inning against Brian Duensing (4-11), and Sabathia took care of the rest. The burly lefty gave up six hits, two runs and one walk. Sabathia improved to 10-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last 11 appearances against the Twins, including the 2009 and 2010 post-season. He threw eight scoreless innings in his last start against Oakland, striking out 11, but didnt get the victory because the Yankees won in the 10th. Matt Carson and Pedro Florimon had RBI singles, but that was about the only solid contact Sabathia allowed. Chris Dickerson also hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, who lost to the Twins on Tuesday night and played without third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has a bruised left foot. Derek Jeters 19-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4 afternoon, but he walked and scored in the third. The Yankees enjoyed a tension-free afternoon while winning for the 12th time in their last 16 games. Even the bad plays turned out all right. Granderson was picked off first base in the second inning, but he scored on a wild pitch in the third. Eric Chavez, thinking there were two outs instead of one in the fifth inning, casually fielded a grounder at third and stepped on the base for the force as he jogged toward the dugout before stopping and realizing his mistake. Sabathia shouted assurance to Chavez, whose embarrassed "oops" expression was frozen on the jumbo video screen above left-centre field to the crowds amusement. "Im glad they were entertained," Chavez said, smiling. But after a passed ball by Chris Stewart put runners at second and third and threatened to exploit Chavezs blunder, Sabathia calmly retired Denard Span on a groundout to first to keep the lead at 6-1. If Chavez had tried to turn the double play, he mightve only got one out anyway, Girardi said, which wouldve led to a run on the passed ball. "Sometimes things work out right," Girardi said. After a leadoff double by Raul Ibanez in the sixth, Dickerson circled the bases with his drive off Anthony Swarzak, who was the second long reliever called on by the Twins. Starter Samuel Deduno struck out two without a hit or a run despite two walks. After the second one, though, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and assistant athletic trainer Dave Pruemer came to the mound for a long talk with the right-hander with two outs in the second inning. The diagnosis was irritation in his left eye, and Deduno was removed for Duensing. He put seven straight runners on, including two walks, before finishing the inning. Duensing, who started a post-season game against the Yankees in 2009 and 2010, let his ERA rise from 4.68 to 5.15. "I feel like were playing our best ball now, and this is the perfect time to be doing that," said Nick Swisher, who had an RBI single. NOTES: RH Ivan Nova (12-7, 4.94 ERA) pitches for the Yankees on Thursday against RH Brandon Morrow (8-7, 3.28 ERA) of the Blue Jays. The Twins are off on Thursday before hosting Detroit this weekend. Theyll send LH Scott Diamond (12-8, 3.64 ERA) to the mound on Friday, opposite RH Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.82 ERA) of the Tigers. ... The Yankees have homered in each of their last 12 games against the Twins, totalling 25 in that span. ... The Yankees notched their 90th win for the 15th time in the last 17 seasons. ... Swisher made a nifty scoop and throw to get Ben Revere out on a slow roller in the first inning. Hes been playing 1B with Mark Teixeira rehabilitating his strained right calf. "Im just trying to keep it warm until my boy Tex gets back," Swisher said. Girardi left open the possibility of Teixeira returning to the team this weekend in Toronto. 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He has always tried to fight through them. Unfortunately for the Miami Marlins, he had no such luck Saturday night. Zambrano (4-4) allowed seven runs in 2 1-3 innings before leaving with lower back stiffness in a 13-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. "I came in with some discomfort," Zambrano said. "I had it stretched by the trainers. During the game it was aggravated to the point that I couldnt pitch anymore. I should have said something before." Manager Ozzie Guillen and a trainer tended to Zambrano after he issued a one-out walk in the third. Zambrano was convincing enough to stay in the game despite a 5-0 deficit. Following the visit to the mound, Zambrano immediately surrendered a two-run homer to Ben Zobrist that ended his outing. Zobrists homer, estimated at 379 feet, hit off the facade of the upper deck in right field. "He had a stiff back," Guillen said. "He couldnt get loose. A tough situation. I appreciate what Carlos did. He wanted to pitch, he wanted to stay in the game. I appreciate that. Id rather he be more honest. Id rather lose a game than lose a player. I dont want heroes." Zobrist went 3 for 3 with two home runs, two walks, scored four runs, drove in four runs, and raised his batting average from .206 to .218. "Its been a long couple of months for me trying to get things going and hopefully this is a sign of good things to come," Zobrist said. Jose Molina and Elliot Johnson had three RBIs each for the Rays, who have won three straight. Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (3-5) struck out nine and allowed four runs in six innings. "We did an unbelievable job of when we had someone on they were getting in," Moore said. "It was a lot of fun pitching behind stuff like that." The Marlins have lost the first five games of a nine-game homestand. "We played terrible," Guilleen said.dddddddddddd Zobrist connected again to right field in the fifth -- another two-run shot for a 9-0 lead. It was the second multi-home run game of his career. He hit two at Detroit on Sept. 25, 2008. "He obviously had a great game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Tampa Bay scored five runs in the second as the first five batters reached base including Johnson with a two-run single. Desmond Jennings, Molina, and Moore also drove in runs in the inning. "During the course of a baseball season youre going to do it right sometimes and sometimes youre going to mess it up," Maddon said. "Tonight we didnt mess it up. We got it right." Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer for Miami. NOTES: After the game the Marlins designated 3B Donnie Murphy for assignment. ... It was Zambranos shortest start since June 30, 2011 while with the Cubs when he left after an inning due to back soreness against the Giants. ... Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) successfully ran the bases before the game and is hopeful to begin a rehab assignment soon. "He did fine," Maddon said. "Hes improving all of the time. I guess we will run him again on Tuesday and make a determination. If everything goes well he should be out probably immediately after that." ... There were loud cheers during the game from fans watching the Heat-Celtics Game 7 on TVs throughout the stadium. ... Before the game, the wives of Marlins and Rays players met in a charity softball game to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami and Autism Speaks, Tampa Bay Charter with the Rays winning 14-2. "We have a very athletic group of young ladies here," Maddon said. ... Tampa Bay will send RHP James Shields (6-4, 4.27 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the series finale against RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19 ERA), who is coming off his worst outing of the season allowing seven runs in an 11-0 loss to the Braves on June 5. ' ' '






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