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Byline: The Nation.
Sabathia steers New York Yankees past Tampa Bay Rays
St Petersburg, Florida
New York pitcher CC Sabathia came close to a no-hitter as he steered the Yankees to a 10-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League yesterday.
Sabathia had not yielded a hit for 7 2-3 innings when his former batterymate Kelly Shoppach got a hit. There was no visible reaction from the exhausted Yankees ace. Manager Joe Girardi immediately removed Sabathia, who struck out five. The left-hander threw 69 of his 111 pitches for strikes and benefitted from some spectacular defensive plays in the field.