New York Yankees defeat New York Mets, 9-1

No matter how many times CC Sabathia said he felt fine and no matter that he threw a clean bullpen session earlier in the week, Joe Girardi wasn't going to be convinced his ace's arm was sound until he had more proof.

Early in Friday night's game against the Mets, the Yankee manager got it when he peered up at the Citi Field scoreboard and saw the velocity readings as Sabathia throttled the Mets.

Sabathia consistently threw 95 miles per hour - he even hit 98 at least on...

So maybe CC Sabathia is something of a bionic pitcher, able to shake off biceps soreness as if it were a mosquito that landed on his pitching arm, and go out and throw 96 mph en route to shutting down the Mets in a 9-1 victory Friday night.

Certainly he qualifies as the iron man of modern pitchers these days, on track to lead the majors in innings pitched for a third straight season. At a time when pitchers are babied to the point of absurdity at times, it's as refreshi...

The Mets have no margin for error if they are to win games while three of their four core players are on the DL. They knew that coming into the opening game of the Subway Series at Citi Field Friday night.

So when they committed three errors in the second inning and the Yankees staked ace CC Sabathia to an early 4-0 lead, the Mets were pretty much toast. It was Exhibit A for what happens when small ball runs into a flame-thrower.

The Yankees torched the Mets, 9-1, be...

Luis Castillo's flubbed pop-up with two outs in the ninth inning handed the Yankees a last-gasp win in the Bronx on June 12. But the second baseman was the only Mets infielder not to commit an error in the second inning of Friday night's 9-1 loss to the Bombers.

Castillo even was caught smiling when the fans good-naturedly cheered him loudly later in the game, for catching two straight pop-ups with the bases loaded to end the seventh inning.

"The last four games I pl...

So maybe CC Sabathia is something of a bionic pitcher, able to shake off biceps soreness as if it were a mosquito that landed on his pitching arm, and go out and throw 96 mph en route to shutting down the Mets in a 9-1 victory Friday night.

Certainly he qualifies as the iron man of modern pitchers these days, on track to lead the majors in innings pitched for a third straight season. At a time when pitchers are babied to the point of absurdity at times, it's as refreshi...

No matter how many times CC Sabathia said he felt fine and no matter that he threw a clean bullpen session earlier in the week, Joe Girardi wasn't going to be convinced his ace's arm was sound until he had more proof. Early in Friday night's game against the Mets, the Yankee manager got it when he peered up at the Citi Field scoreboard and saw the velocity readings as Sabathia throttled the Mets.

Sabathia consistently threw 95 miles per hour - he even hit 98 at least on...

The Mets already were in uniform and between the lines at Citi Field shortly after 3 p.m. Friday for early fielding practice. Not as punishment, Jerry Manuel insisted, but just to make sure his team was "paying attention to the little things."

But the extra glove work hardly paid off as three Met infielders committed errors in a four-run second inning of a 9-1 loss to the Yankees Friday night to open the Subway Series.

"We've played pretty good baseball lately, and i...

Nothing beats a hunch paying off.

Joe Girardi knows the feeling. He went with Brett Gardner in the leadoff spot over Johnny Damon when Derek Jeter was too sick to play Friday night.

Gardner went 5-for-6, hit a home run, stole a base, scored three runs and drove in two as the Bombers rolled, 9-1, over the Mets in Flushing. Not bad for finding out you're the leadoff man 40 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

"He has the ability to do that because he can beat y...