New York Yankees defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 11-1

It's pretty hard to blame CC Sabathia for the fact that he and A.J. Burnett haven't posted wins in consecutive games for the Yankees since mid-July.

After all, the big lefty hasn't suffered a loss in any of his last eight starts.

Monday, the $243 million pitching duo teamed up to lead the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of Tampa Bay, even though the back-to-back wins drought continued as Sabathia didn't get the decision in the opener.

Sabathia was plenty strong in...

Taking the mound for the first time in nearly a week, Mariano Rivera raised a few eyebrows by issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth inning of Monday's day game, but the Yankees' closer ultimately erased any doubt about his left groin, which caused him to miss four games on the Yankees' most recent road trip.

After walking Pat Burrell on five pitches, Rivera struck out Evan Longoria with a 91-mph fastball, then broke Gabe Gross' bat with an 89-mph cutter, inducing a weak p...