Sabathia wins 4th straight, Hicks 6 RBIs, Yanks roll 12-2

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

"His sinker was pretty good and his changeup and slider were good, too". On Friday, he will most likely be where he is best, behind the plate.

The New York Yankees were in town on Thursday night to begin a four-game set against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, to mark Toronto's first meaningful series of an arduous season that has only just rolled into June.

For one night, at least, Sabathia cooled off the Blue Jays (26-28), coming off an 18-10 May. His second of the game two innings later came with a runner on to give NY a 7-0 lead.

Toronto has some big hitters as well. "Of course, we figured we'd be there and stay there all season long. We just felt it was time to move him again".

The Yankees might have something to say about that.

And with hefty-lefty CC Sabathia on the mound for NY and having little trouble against the Toronto batting lineup, en route to his fourth straight win, it made for a trying night for the home side.

That was before Sanchez clubbed two no-doubter home runs, Brett Gardner notched his 1,000th career hit and Aaron Hicks continued to serve as a stellar fill-in for the hurt Jacoby Ellsbury, collecting four hits (two doubles) and six RBI. He worked a 1-2-3 first inning, worked around a pair of leadoff singles in the second, and retired his next nine before Kendrys Morales rocked a solo homer in a full count to centerfield to leadoff the seventh inning. Ezequiel Carrera also homered in the eighth, his fourth.

Campos should only be with the team as extra relief help for one night, with Liriano to be activated Friday.

Travis is a little banged up, explained Gibbons, with knee and hamstring issues, and could use the rest. Sabathia has 2,779 career strikeouts, well behind Randy Johnson's leading total of 4,875.

No. 1 catcher Russell Martin is also a little "beat up" according to the manager and gave way to Luke Maile.

Liriano is 3-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 11 career games (nine starts) against the Yankees. Aaron Judge started it off by plating Gardner from second base with a single - his 38th RBI of the season - before a bases-clearing double from Hicks added three more runs.

New York Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday runs past Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) as he scores on a three-run double by Aaron Hicks during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Toronto.

"If we get him hot, this lineup is going to be tough to deal with", said NY left-hander CC Sabathia, who earned the win Thursday with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

"He's so strong he can mis-hit a ball and still hit a home run", Gibbons said of Judge, who already has 17 homers this season.

Meanwhile, New York starter CC Sabathia continued his spell on the Jays, holding the Jays off the board until the seventh inning.

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