BOSTON — With an ocean of uncertainty behind CC Sabathia, the Yankees
are dancing with death when they don’t win games started by their ace.
Even though Sabathia
wasn’t sharp last night at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox and vintage Josh Beckett hung a 4-0 defeat on the Yankees
in front of 37,861, the big left-hander provided his mates with a strong chance at victory.
Yet the Yankees’ lineup that was without Alex Rodriguez
(flu-like symptoms), was dominated by Beckett, whose 2010 season was marred by back injury and ineffectiveness. In his second start this season, the former ace blanked the Yankees for eight innings. He struck out 10 and allowed two hits, singles by Eric Chavez
and Robinson Cano.
“[Beckett] was probably as good today as we have seen him in quite some time,” said Derek Jeter, who went 0-for-4. “He was at 94-95 mph and I don’t think he threw the ball straight. It was one of those days.”
Since winning Sabathia’s Opening Day start, when he didn’t figure in the decision, the Yankees are 0-2 in his last two starts.