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Sabathia, Headley Right The Ship in KC

Chase Headley crushes a three-run home run to left field, his fifth of the season, giving the Yankees a three-run lead on May 16. 2015 in Kansas City

Game 38 : Just when the club needed it most in this young season, Carsten Charles Sabathia, the pride of Vallejo, California reclaimed the role of stopper. After four straight losses the Yankees needed to stem the tide, especially after last night’s 12-1 beatdown. Sabathia answered the call and then some in New York’s 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
The Big Man scattered six hits over seven full innings, sticking out 5 and allowing only one earned run. After an 0-5 start to the season, Sabathia improved to 2-5 and completing back-to-back 7 inning outings, giving the overtaxed bullpen a good measure of relief.

Here’s the game wrap, box score and video highlights.

Yankees 5, Royals 1

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  • CC Sabathia   The Big Man made another huge step in getting back on track, and the timing could not have been better. With the all too familiar injury issues in the starting rotation there is little room for a continued string of poor starts — especially not putting a 12-out plus onus on the bullpen every night. Tonight’s outing by Sabathia was beneficial on both fronts.

    “Hopefully I can just keep this going. I feel good, I’ve got no problems. Hopefully I can just keep going out there and give us a chance to win.” ‐ CC Sabathia  (h/t:

  • Chase Headley   A huge three-run shot from the third-baseman. Headley’s blast provided the Yanks with a 3-run cushion that CC and the ‘pen made stand.

    “You’re facing a club that has an extremely strong bullpen, you don’t want to get behind to this club, and he gets a huge hit. It’s something he’s done since he got here, he’s come up with some big plays defensively and some big plays offensively.” ‐ Joe Girardi on Headley’s blast  (h/t:

  • Alex Rodriguez   For a little icing on the cake, A-Rod banged his 10th home run of the season in the 9th inning.

FOOTNOTES : By virtue of their 5-run outburst, the Yankees avoided being kept to two runs or less for four straight games for the first time since July 1991! (h/t: Jeffery Flanagan / @FlannyMLB)

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