TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Johnson hit two home runs while working on his swing, CC Sabathia gave up five runs trying to refine his motion and the New York Yankees lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-7 on Tuesday.
Johnson was playing for the second straight day after sitting out since tweaking his back Thursday when he got a cleat caught in the turf during batting practice.
Sabathia was hit hard in his second start. He gave up a three-run homer to Garrett Jones and allowed seven hits. He threw 55 pitches, 34 strikes, a marked improvement over his first outing: 19 strikes, 17 balls.
Jones also had a double, and Lastings Milledge had an RBI single in the four-run first for Pittsburgh.