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Sabathia Bests Dice-K in Tense Pitcher’s Duel

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If you can call any game where the Sox lose to the Yankees a good one, this was it.

Though the Yankees rode a devastating outing from C.C. Sabathia to beat the Red Sox 3-0 to clinch the final regular season series between the arch-rivals, there was an abundance of silver lining in this dark cloud. Dice-K pitched well for the third start in a row since his return from a lengthy stint on the DL, and was mightily unlucky to come up against Sabathia dealing such all-conquering stuff from the outset. The Sox managed just one hit against the Yankee lefty who won his 19th game of the year.

And who doesn’t like seeing A-Rod do stupid stuff? The Yankee third baseman was called out for interfering with Victor Martinez’s throw when he turned to argue a call with the home plate umpire, apparently oblivious to Mark Teixeira all alone between first and second. As they say on the internet, LMAO.

Dice-K did some of his trademark wriggling out of trouble in the fifth, escaping a bases-loaded jam with no outs and A-Rod at the plate. The Japanese righty gave up just one run, a solo shot to Robinson Cano. (New York got their other two runs off Billy Wagner in the eighth.)

And wouldn’t you know it, Rodriguez brushed a little dribbler just in front of the plate, V-Mart pounced on it like a jaguar, and dove athletically back to tag out a sliding Derek Jeter. It was a brilliant play, and should quiet some of the anxiety about Victor’s defensive skills.

Sox Stud of the Game:

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Even though he took the loss, he looked pretty sharp. Though he may not challenge Buchholz for the third spot in a playoff rotation, it’ll sure be nice to have the option there.

Sox Dud of the Game:

Every piece of lumber from the visitor’s dugout.

It’s not quite fair to blame the Sox for looking hapless against a pitcher like Sabathia when he’s throwing that well, so we’ll blame it on the bats.

Game Notes

WP: CC Sabathia
LP: Daisuke Matsuzaka

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