Jeter four hits from 3,000
Published 12:51 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2011
CLEVELAND (AP) — CC Sabathia took out any anger for being snubbed as an All-Star by striking out 11 in seven shutout innings, Curtis Granderson homered twice and Derek Jeter moved closer to 3,000 career hits as the New York Yankees roughed up the Cleveland Indians 9-2 on Tuesday night.
Jeter went 2 for 6 and now has 2,996 hits, leaving him four shy of becoming the 28th major leaguer — and first Yankee — to reach 3,000.
Sabathia (12-4) allowed five hits, walked two and overpowered the team that drafted him in 1998 and traded him 10 years later. Despite leading the league in wins and going 9-1 in his last 10 starts, Sabathia was left off the AL roster for the July 12 All-Star game in Phoenix.
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Granderson hit a two-run homer in the second and solo shot in the fourth off Carlos Carrasco (8-5), who lasted just four innings.
Sabathia hasn’t publicly complained about his All-Star omission, but the left-hander has to wonder what else he has to do to make the squad. He dominated the Indians, who put two runners on to start the fifth before Sabathia struck out the side. He also struck out three in the fourth and seventh, and has 33 Ks in his last 22 2-3 innings.
Sabathia saved New York’s bullpen, which was without closer Mariano Rivera. He missed his second straight game because of a sore triceps muscle and hopes to be back for the series finale.
Indians All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left in the fourth with a sprained right ankle. The team said Cabrera, who rolled his ankle after making a leaping throw in the third, is day to day.