CC Sabathia fired eight innings of one-run ball as the Yankees finally beat Ricky Romero and toppled the Blue Jays, 4-1. After two of the team’s ugliest games of the season, the Yankees needed this victory as much as they’ve needed any win all season, and Sabathia once again came up aces, scattering a mere three hits and striking out eight.
If anyone had any remaining concerns about the Yankees needing to pay Sabathia whatever he wants after he opts out at the end of the season, those doubts have been relinquished. Not re-signing Sabathia simply isn’t an option.
As important as this win was, it only represents a moment of calm before the team gets to see whether Phil Hughes has gotten any better tomorrow afternoon. If Hughes doesn’t have it, you can be sure the Jays will jump all over their favorite punching bag.