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O's Chase Sabathia

New York pitcher CC Sabathia failed to make it out of the fifth inning in his Yankees debut. The final nail in the coffin for Sabathia was a bases-loaded walk to Baltimore left fielder Luke Scott that gave the Orioles a 6-1 lead.

Sabathia leaves after 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits without recording a strikeout. Sabathia struggled with his command all day, issuing five walks on the day and throwing two wild pitches in the same inning.

The Orioles also gave the Yankees ace fits on the base paths as second baseman Brian Roberts and shortstop Cesar Izturis each recorded stolen bases.

Sabathia was given a seven-year, $161 million contract in the offseason after a stunning stretch stint in Milwaukee but actually started slowly in 2008 while with Cleveland where he gave up 27 runs in his first four outings.

By CJ Holley  |  April 6, 2009; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles , Yankees  
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This is one of the reasons I stayed as far away from CC in my fantasy baseball drafts this year. The guy was absolutely burned out last year by the Brewers. And who could blame them? They knew there was a 95% chance he was just a rental and if they rode him hard he'd get them to the postseason and make himself a lot of money. Win-win.

Now the Yankees have a guy who's thrown over 500 innings in the last 2 years and was #2 in pitchers abuse points (behind only Lincecum). He's due for a dropoff or a dead arm.

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 7, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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