CC Sabathia settled down after a high early pitch count and earned his ninth win. (AP)
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The Yanks made sure CC Sabathia's seven shutout innings didn't go to waste, as Alex Rodriguez homered in the seventh and Melky Cabrera added an RBI infield single for insurance. That proved key after Alfredo Aceves gave up a homer in the eighth, but Mariano Rivera shut the door in the ninth.
BATTING 2B: Polanco (21, Sabathia), Ordonez (11, Sabathia). HR: Thames, M (10, 8th inning off Aceves, A, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Polanco 2; Cabrera, M; Laird; Thames, M 5; Ordonez 2. RBI: Thames, M (23). 2-out RBI: Thames, M. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ordonez; Granderson 2; Inge 2. GIDP: Thames, M, Laird. Team RISP: 0-for-8. Team LOB: 7.