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CC Sabathia costs himself $500K by getting ejected

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CC Sabathia has a contract incentive for 2018 which would pay him $500,000 if he completed 155 innings. Coming in to today’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays he had 148 innings under his belt. It’s been nearly three months since he’s gone seven innings in a game and he’s only done it three times all year, but he had a shot.

A really good shot as the game developed, actually, as the Yankees built up an 11-0 lead through the top of the sixth and Sabathia took the mound in the bottom of the sixth having thrown only 55 pitches while twirling a one-hit shutout. A half a million bucks was basically in the bag.

Then Rays catcher Jesus Sucre came up to the plate to start the bottom half of the sixth. And this happened:

I didn’t have the game on, but from what I can gather, Sabathia was throwing at Sucre in retaliation for the Rays throwing at Austin Romine earlier in the game.

We will obviously have more on this once people talk about it after the game — and if MLB has the guts to post video of it, we’ll have that too — but I think it’s safe to say that CC Sabathia broke every Does Not Give a Flying Crap-o-Meter present in Tropicana Field today.

I’m in awe. I’m sitting here slack-jawed right now.

Yankees pound Hyun-Jin Ryu, beat Dodgers 10-2

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“We haven’t had many games like this,” Dodgers manager Dave Robert said after last night’s loss to the Yankees. That’s for sure.

There were no wild walkoff hits. There were no home runs by Dodger batters. There were two, including a grand slam, from Didi Gregorius, however, and he and New York batters pounded Hyun-Jin Ryu, perhaps the stingiest pitcher in baseball this year, for seven runs on nine hits in four and a third as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 10-2 in Dodger Stadium.

Aaron Judge, who has been slumping something terrible, opened up the scoring with a solo home run in the third. Two batters later Gary Sánchez matched him with a blast of his own. An A.J. Pollock RBI single in the bottom half of the inning made it a 2-1 game but after that the Yankees stepped on the gas with a five-run fifth highlighted by a Didi Gregorius grand slam. Gleber Torres would homer in the sixth, Judge would single home a run in the eighth and Gregorius would strike again in the ninth with a solo homer for his second blast of the night. That one gave the Yankees 57 bombs in the month of August, which sets a team record. There’s still a week left in August too.

As for the Dodgers, Ryu was uncharacteristically rusty, though it probably should be noted that this was his second poor outing in a row. struggled through his second straight sub-par outing. The last time out he lost to Atlanta. allowing all four Braves’ runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Dodgers fell 4-3. His ERA came in to this game at a still-MLB-best 1.64, but those seven runs in fewer than five — his shortest outing in nearly two months — puffed it up to an even 2.00.

The Yankees scored just nine runs in their three losses in Oakland. Last night they beat that by one. And they brought themselves to within one game of the Dodgers for the best record in all of baseball, which would determine home field in the World Series should these two powerhouses meet.

For now, though, Roberts is limiting the implications of all of this to Friday night, saying “fortunately, it only counts for one loss.” Yep. But man, it was an ugly one.