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JULY 10: YANKEES 1, RAYS 0 Game story (Credit: AP )

JULY 10: YANKEES 1, RAYS 0
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Recap: CC Sabathia and James Shields matched zeros all game in a classic pitchers' duel. In the seventh inning the Yankees broke through when Shields tried to pick off Robinson Cano at third base, but threw the ball to give the Yankees the only run of the game. That's all Sabathia would need as he pitched a complete game shutout and struck out nine batters for his 13th win of the year.
Key stat: Sabathia is 10-1 with a 2.20 ERA in his last 11 starts.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4. Has 3,004 career hits. Needs eight more to pass Al Kaline for 26th all-time.
2011 record: 53-35
2010 record: 56-32

Take 5: Pick the Yankees' rotation

At left are the six starters in the Yankees' rotation right now and a synopsis of their seasons thus far. Above right is a tab marked "Poll" where you vote on which pitcher to remove from the rotation.

CC SABATHIA Stats: 16-6, 2.81 ERA, 182.2 IP
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CC SABATHIA
Stats: 16-6, 2.81 ERA, 182.2 IP
Sabathia is the ace of the staff and among the top three pitchers in the American League this season. From June 14-July 16, Sabathia won seven straight starts. He's not going anywhere this season, the only question is how many more starts he'll get if manager Joe Girardi sticks with the six-man rotation for another round or two.

BARTOLO COLON Stats: 8-6, 3.33 ERA, 113.2 IP
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BARTOLO COLON
Stats: 8-6, 3.33 ERA, 113.2 IP
Signed to a minor-league deal in the offseason, Colon has outpitched his contract. Out of MLB since mid-2009, Colon has life and movement on his fastball again. Other than back-to-back bad starts in mid-July, Colon has been one of the best restoration projects in the Bronx.

A.J. BURNETT Stats: 8-9, 4.60 ERA, 148.2 IP
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A.J. BURNETT
Stats: 8-9, 4.60 ERA, 148.2 IP
Burnett is 0-3 with four no-decisions in his last seven starts and hasn't won a game since June 29. One of those no-decisions was the bullpen's failure. With Burnett's ample contract (year three of a five-year, $82.5 million deal), it's hard to imagine manager Joe Girardi putting Burnett in the bullpen anytime soon. He's a "stuff" guy, meaning he has a dominant fastball and sick movement on his breaking pitches, but command is often the issue. And those 15 wild pitches don't help matters much either.

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IVAN NOVA Stats: 11-4, 3.85 ERA, 112.1 IP
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IVAN NOVA
Stats: 11-4, 3.85 ERA, 112.1 IP
Nova was sent down earlier this season when there was another surplus of starters. But his 11 wins as of Aug. 11 is top in the major leagues for rookies. He continues to impress and has the look of a solid starter in both the regular season and playoffs. Nova has a 2.85 ERA on the road and a 4.62 ERA at home. The 11 home runs he has surrendered have all been solo shots. A No. 5 starter to start the season, Nova has proved he's worthy of a higher spot.

FREDDY GARCIA Stats: 10-7, 3.16 ERA, 122.1 IP
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FREDDY GARCIA
Stats: 10-7, 3.16 ERA, 122.1 IP
At times this season, Garcia has looked brilliant. Other times, not so much. He was considered a placeholder in the rotation when he signed a minor-league deal in the offseason, but Garcia has proved he still knows how to pitch. In his 20 starts so far, Garcia has pitched seven or more innings seven times and five or more innings 19 times.

PHIL HUGHES Stats: 2-4, 7.11 ERA, 38 IP
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PHIL HUGHES
Stats: 2-4, 7.11 ERA, 38 IP
Hughes struggled mightily in the beginning of the season (0-3, 14.26 ERA) and spent nearly three months in rehab and the minors trying to find his fastball again. Hughes has pitched well in four of his five starts since coming back to the big leagues.

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