New York Yankees Beat Kansas City Royals and CC Sabathia was Awesome

Sean SerritellaCorrespondent IApril 11, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 11:  Starting pitcher CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals on April 11, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals by a score of 6-1.

CC Sabathia got the win. He pitched 8.2 innings giving up no runs on 6 hits and had 6 strikeouts.

CC Sabathia worked out his problems from the season opener. He had mechanical issues that he fixed and made minimal in game mechanical adjustments. He had a great fastball and a nasty change up this time around.

He came out with a purpose tonight especially since the first pitch of the game was 96 mph. He established his fastball from the first pitch on.

CC looked like he did when he pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers down the stretch last year. He has great character and it seems to me, he had his head up after receiving a beating after his first outing. He's also a tough guy to yank out of a game because he wants to pitch every inning.

I'm not sure the Yankees should keep using Sabathia for so many pitches especially since they have so much invested in him. He made 108 pitches.

Joe Girardi is going to have to ride the hot hand in Nick Swisher and keep starting him. He went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and had 3 RBI. He also walked twice. When he gets in the game he does a great job and it's hard to keep him out of the lineup.

Swisher has played three games in a row and the Yankees have won all three of them. He's going to have to be in the lineup tomorrow against a right-hander.

Jorge Posada went 2-for-5 and had three RBI.

Player of the Game: Nick Swisher

Not to take anything away from CC Sabathia but he was pitching against the Royals. Nick Swisher is on fire and he deserves it especially since he was on base five times.

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