WHAT IT MEANS: If Brian Cashman smoked the objective pipe on Friday night, even he couldn’t have liked what he saw from ace CC Sabathia.
Sabathia was bombed in the Bronx, surrendering a career-high five home runs -- all solo shots -- in what became a 5-1 Yankees' loss to Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees saw their two-game winning streak come to a close, have lost four of their last six and dropped to 71-46 overall.
FIVE IS ALIVE!: According to ESPN Stats & Info's Katie Sharp, Sabathia is the sixth Yankee pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to allow five homers in a game. The last to do it was David Wells on July 4, 2003 against the Red Sox.
Three of the homers (Kelly Shoppach, Casey Kotchman and Johnny Damon) came in the third inning. The last and only other time Sabathia allowed three dingers in a single frame? May 1, 2007 in the top of the first against Toronto when he was pitching for Cleveland.
Sabathia (16-7), who has lost his last two starts after getting shelled by the Red Sox on Aug. 6 (6 IP, 9 H, 7 ER) had allowed eight home runs in his previous 25 starts combined.
His line: 8 IP, 10 H (season-high tying), 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO
THE PRICE IS WRONG: The Yankees had been having their way with David Price -- until Friday night.
After allowing 19 hits and 11 runs in 17 1/3 innings his previous three starts against the Yankees this season, Price finally got the best of them. The southpaw allowed just one run on six hits in eight brilliant innings.
TURNING POINT: With runners on first and second, two outs and the Yankees trailing 3-0 in the fourth, Andruw Jones rocketed a double into the right-center field gap. Robinson Cano scored easily from second, but Nick Swisher was gunned down on a perfectly executed relay to end the frame.
NUNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE: Eduardo Nunez committed his 15th error of the season in the sixth inning.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: Sabathia is 6-11 with a 4.21 ERA against Boston and Tampa Bay. He’s 50-11 against everyone else with a 2.88 ERA.
WHAT’S NEXT: Phil Hughes (2-4, 7.11 ERA) potentially pitches to keep his spot in the rotation on Saturday afternoon. He’ll be opposed by Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.05). First pitch will be at 4:10 p.m.
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: Concerning A.J. Burnett: Who is right? Brian Cashman or Burnett's critics? Are reporters being objective or do they need to start smoking the objective pipe?