CC Sabathia is going to get a lot of money when he opts out of this contract at the end of this season. Five days after throwing 128 pitches against the Red Sox, Sabathia struck out 10 Blue Jays and worked into the eighth inning in a 9-3 win over Toronto. Sabathia now has 19 wins. The Yankees now lead the Red Sox by 1 1/2 games in the AL East. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez all homered. Jose Bautista, an MVP candidate, went 0-for-3 against Sabathia and is now 0-for-18 in his career against the lefty. Of course, he did hit a long home run off Rafael Soriano, but the Yankees' cushion proved too much to overcome.
The Mets ruined Livan Hernandez's final start in Washington this season and took a series from the Nats. Willie Harris had a go-ahead single after Hernandez left the Mets won, 6-3. Lucas Duda had a solo homer that tied the game and Ruben Tejada had a two-run single. Mike Pelfrey did not pitch well, but Ryota Igarashi got the win in relief.