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Sabathia hit hard as Yankees’ comeback rally falls short

CC Sabathia continued his up and down season, reaching a down point this time out as he allowed six runs on eight hits in six innings of work.

Sabathia gave up a leadoff home run to Coco Crisp before Derek Norris added a three run homer off Sabathia in the fourth. The Yankees wasted several early opportunities against A’s starter Bartolo Colon, including a bases loaded opportunity in the first.

The Yankees did not begin to chip away until Colon was out of the game, as Mark Teixeira and Vernon Wells had RBI singles in the eighth to make the score 6-2. The Yankees then staged a formidable rally in the ninth off of Ryan Cook.

A Chris Stewart single and a Robinson Cano double knocked Cook out of the game and forced the A’s to bring in their closer, Grant Balfour. Balfour proceeded to give up a two run single to Teixeira that brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Travis Hafner.

Balfour was able to retire Hafner who’s deep drive to left field fell just short of getting over Seth Smith’s head. The Yankees will play again at 10 pm on Wednesday with Phil Hughes looking to help the Bombers bounce back in Oakland.

 

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