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CC Sabathia headlines battle of lefties today

       It will be lefties CC Sabathia and Dallas Braden on the mound this afternoon in Oakland as Yanks look to sweep the A’s and extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games.

        Sabathia -- who grew up not far from Oakland in Vallejo, Calif. – is off to a brilliant start. In his last outing, a rain-shortened performance against the Rangers, he gave up a run early but then retired 17 of the final 19 batters he faced. All told, he had nine strikeouts in the game including six in a row. Previously, he had a near no-hitter against the Rays.

       Sabathia, however doesn’t always have a lot of luck against his hometown team. In his career, Sabathia is 5-7 with a 5.80 ERA against Oakland. He is 2-4 with a 6.35 ERA in nine starts at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, but he did win in his one start there last season. The Athletics have hit a combined .213 against Sabathia.

        What's more, Braden has also been impressive so far. In his last start, Braden continued a string of dominating performances against the Baltimore Orioles. Braden allowed two runs over seven innings while improving to 5-1 lifetime with a 1.57 ERA against Baltimore. He struck out four and walked one, moving to 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA on the season.

      In four career games, including one start, against the Yankees, Braden has allowed 14 hits and eight runs in just 9 1/3 career innings. He's 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA versus the Yankees.

Barbara Barker, aka meanbarb on twitter   

 

 


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