CC Sabathia did his part to put his team back in the win column, coming up with a performance worthy of his ace status. Sabathia carried a shutout into the ninth inning before putting a pair of runners on base, then watched his bullpen hang on for a 6-5 win.
"We've been struggling a little bit, so it feels good to get a win and go home and have the off-day and try to start fresh on Tuesday," Sabathia said. "I told myself just to keep pitching and stay aggressive and keep attacking."
Sabathia allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over eight-plus innings, striking out six. This was the third time this season that Sabathia delivered a big performance to lift his ailing team. He beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers in April after the Yankees opened the season 1-4, then beat the Red Sox on May 31 to snap a five-game losing streak.
"It feels good," Sabathia said. "It's just one of those things. I've gotten to start after we've had some tough times, so I want to go out and put a good one together, and I was able to do that today."
The start against Boston may have been a turning point for Sabathia, who has now won three of four starts since that date.
"I think it was important, because we've talked about him getting on a roll," Joe Girardi said. "We really felt that after he had the two really good games, he would do it. Just to bounce back, you're starting to see him put back-to-backs and three out of four. That's a really good sign."
NEXT: Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 6-2, 2.85) at Yankees (Phil Hughes, 3-5, 4.89)
1B Mark Teixeira is headed back to the disabled list, general manager Brian Cashman said Monday. Teixeira took two at-bats Saturday at Los Angeles before he asked to be pulled from the game against the Angels by manager Joe Girardi. Less than two hours later, Teixeira was on a flight headed to New York, where he saw the Yankees' team physician Sunday. Teixeira was diagnosed with inflammation in his right wrist—not directly related to the torn tendon sheath in the wrist that kept him on the disabled list for the first two months of the season. He received a cortisone injection and he'll be re-evaluated early this week.
RHP Mariano Rivera got the final two outs for his 24th save of the season Sunday against the Angels. It didn't come easily, though, as he gave up one run on three hits and a walk before striking out Albert Pujols with the bases loaded to finish off a 6-5 win.
LF Vernon Wells has not hit a home run since May 15, when he hit his 10th of the year. Since then, Wells is hitting .130 (13-for-100) with three doubles and four RBIs.
LHP C.C. Sabathia gave up two runs and five hits in eight-plus innings to earn the victory Sunday against the Angels. Sabathia took a shutout into the ninth inning before allowing the first two hitters of the inning to reach base, and he was removed from the game, having made 107 pitches.
RHP Phil Hughes will make his 14th start of the season for the Yankees Tuesday against the Dodgers. Hughes has never faced the Dodgers, but is 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in 13 career interleague games, including eight starts.
"You've got the greatest closer of all time on the mound, so you feel pretty good about it. It's not the situation you want to get to, 6-5, bases loaded, Albert Pujols up, but … we did, and we got him out."—Manager Joe Girardi, after RHP Mariano Rivera survived the ninth inning to get the save in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Angels.
1B Mark Teixeira (right wrist inflammation) was removed from the June 15 game after aggravating the wrist injury that kept him out for the first two months of the season. Teixeira was sent back to New York to be examined by the Yankees' team doctor, where an MRI revealed inflammation and he was given a cortisone shot. He won't return before June 19 at the earliest.
3B Kevin Youkilis (lumbar back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 14. It's his second trip to the DL this season because of the same injury. Youkilis, who missed 30 games in April and May, experienced numbness in his foot and calf when he woke up June 14, likely the result of a nerve issue.
SS Derek Jeter (left ankle surgery in October 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 27. He was shut down from his rehab program in late April after a CT scan revealed a small fracture in his left ankle area. He had his walking boot removed May 24 and was given clearance to resume running and full baseball activities June 13. He took part in baseball activities June 14 for the first time. He hit balls off a tee, fielded grounders and played catch but did not run the bases at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. Jeter is not expected back until after the All-Star break.
INF Eduardo Nunez (left ribcage tightness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 14. He fielded grounders May 20. He began taking batting practice before suffering another setback May 25, and he was shut down again. He suffered another setback in his rehab June 4 when he tried to swing a bat at the minor league facility in Tampa.
RHP Michael Pineda (right shoulder surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 16. He began a rehab assignment June 9 with Class A Tampa. He is expected to be ready in late June or early July.
OF Curtis Granderson (left hand fracture) went on the 15-day disabled list May 25. He underwent surgery May 29 and is expected to be out until late June or early July.
C Francisco Cervelli (fractured right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list April 27 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 1. He had his cast taken off and the pins removed from his hand on May 24. He is expected to be ready to resume baseball activity in mid-June.
3B Alex Rodriguez (left hip surgery in January 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 13. He began baseball activities May 6, and the Yankees expect to have him back after the All-Star break.
LHP Cesar Cabral (stress fracture in left elbow) went on the 60-day disabled list March 26. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on May 14.
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
RHP Phil Hughes
LHP Andy Pettitte
RHP Mariano Rivera (closer)
RHP David Robertson
RHP Joba Chamberlain
LHP Boone Logan
RHP David Phelps
RHP Chris Bootcheck
RHP Preston Claiborne
RHP Shawn Kelley
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
SS Reid Brignac
3B Jayson Nix
DH Travis Hafner
INF David Adams
INF/OF Lyle Overbay
LF Vernon Wells
CF Brett Gardner
RF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Thomas Neal