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What aces do

CC Sabathia has now had four straight starts in which he's gone at least eight innings, an impressive enough feat.

The most impressive aspect of his 8 2/3-inning outing Saturday night? 

What he did in the sixth and seventh innings, after Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth.

Sabathia put the Angels back in the dugout in just six pitches in the sixth, then did the same thing in the seventh.

"That’s something I was trying to be conscious of," Sabathia said. "It’s a 3-1 game so I just wanted to go out and shut the door, especially that next inning, get us back in the dugout. And they helped me out a lot by swinging early."

Joe Girardi said it's what the best starters do.

"That was a huge home run for us," Girardi said of A-Rod's shot, "and then CC, it seemed like after he got that lead he became more efficient. You talk about the aces and the great starters, when they get that lead they seem to really take charge.

 

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