Yankees starter CC Sabathia continues to shine as he picked up his fifth straight win last night over the Red Sox.
The lefty didn't let up a run, allowing only three hits while striking out five and walking none. He now leads the Yankees in wins, and owns a 1.11 ERA over his streak.
While RHP Masahiro Tanaka struggles, Sabathia has been a bright spot in the rotation. He could have gone for the complete-game shutout last night, but given his age and value to the Yankees at this point in the season, manager Joe Girardi knows he must be cautious.
"There's always temptation (to leave him in there), but as a manager and a pitching coach, you're weighing the risk and reward there," Girardi said following the win. "We have a long way to go. He's had some minor cleanups the last few years on his knee. He's not 25. He's not even 30 anymore. We just thought it was best to get him out."