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Sabathia first in majors to reach 10-win plateau

At least CC Sabathia was honest.

The big left-hander tossed eight stingy innings against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, leading the New York Yankees to a resounding 8-3 victory and becoming the first big league pitcher to reach the 10-win plateau this season.

"I wish I could say it meant something, but it don't," he said with a shrug and a sly smile. "We're here to win championships. That's what we're trying to do."

The way he's been pitching, the Yankees should have a pretty good chance.

A dozen pitchers began the day with nine wins, but Sabathia (10-4) won the race to double digits. The former Cy Young winner allowed one run while striking out nine, improving to 19-7 all-time in interleague play. That win total makes him baseball's active leader.

Sabathia has lost once since May 14, pitching into the seventh inning every time.

"He's the same guy every day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He just goes out and pitches and wins ballgames. That's what he does."

Sabathia threw just 103 pitches Saturday, but Girardi decided against letting him finish the game. Buddy Carlyle promptly gave up Ty Wigginton's two-run homer in the ninth.

Seth Smith drove in the Rockies' only other run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth.

"CC shone tonight. He was good," the Rockies' Jason Giambi said. "He had a great tilt on his slider. I had a hard time picking up between slider and fastball. He hid the ball really well, and he was lights out tonight, and that's what he normally does. He's their big ace."

Alex Rodriguez drove in three runs, Mark Teixeira added a two-run homer for New York, Jorge Posada had three hits and the Yankees pounded out 15 hits in total. Everybody in their starting lineup had a hit off starter Aaron Cook (0-3) except Robinson Cano, who went 0 for 4 for the second straight game.

"Those guys scoring runs makes it smooth," Sabathia said. "I felt like I needed to put my foot on the gas today, go out and be aggressive and throw strikes."

The Yankees lost the series opener, 4-2, on Friday night, and together with a series sweep four years ago at Coors Field, had lost four straight to the Rockies.

Derek Jeter (right calf) took 27 swings off a tee and 30 swings of soft toss Saturday at the Yankees' spring training complex.

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