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CC Sabathia earns 250th career win

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Yankees starter CC Sabathia earned his 250th career win on Wednesday as the Yankees polished off a series sweep with a 12-1 victory over the Rays. Sabathia went six innings, limiting the Rays to a lone run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He now holds a 4-4 record with a 4.14 ERA and a 57/24 K/BB ratio over 63 innings on the season.

The Yankees provided Sabathia with plenty of offense, putting up a six-spot in the first inning, including a three-run home run from Gary Sánchez. Gleyber Torres would tack on a grand slam for good measure in a six-run seventh.

Sabathia is the 48th member of the 250-win club and is one of only 14 pitchers with both 250 wins and 3,000 strikeouts. Wins don’t carry the same weight that they used to (even Sabathia agrees), so it will be interesting to see how his Hall of Fame case is handled in five years, as the lefty says he is retiring after the season.

With Wednesday’s win, the Yankees extended their winning streak to five games and have now built up a 3.5-game lead over the second-place Rays in the AL East. The two clubs will meet up again in early July.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.