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Zimmermann retires all 12 batters he faced, Sabathia struggles as Nationals beat Yankees 3-2

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, right, throws to New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws to Washington Nationals' Jeff Kobernus in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos grounds into a force out to score teammate Anthony Rendon in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

While CC Sabathia gave up three runs in three innings testing a new pitch, Jordan Zimmermann had everything working just the way he wanted in a perfect four-inning performance as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Tuesday.

Zimmermann struck out four and retired all 12 men he faced against a Yankees lineup that included Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann.

Sabathia tested the cutter, throwing eight or nine of the pitch taught to him by former teammate Andy Pettitte. Overall, Sabathia gave up four hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Anthony Rendon hit a hanging slider from Sabathia into the left field corner for a two-run double that gave Washington a 3-0 lead.