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After holding the Angels to four hits over eight innings in Game 1, Sabathia pitched on three days' rest for the first time this season -- but the workhorse starter is no stranger to extra assignments. He pitched very well on short rest four times for Milwaukee last season while carrying the Brewers into the playoffs, though he struggled once he got there.
Sabathia also would be in position to pitch Game 7 on four days' rest if necessary -- but unless the Angels awaken, it's more likely he'll be fresh for the World Series opener next Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
New York took the series' first two games at home, including a 13-inning thriller in Game 2. Los Angeles won 5-4 in 11 innings in Game 3, overcoming a three-run deficit and blowing a late lead before Jeff Mathis' winning RBI double.
In Game 4, the Yankees finally ended a team-wide slump with runners in scoring position with Cabrera's fourth-inning single, which highlighted a three-run burst that began with Rodriguez's slide home under a tag -- and which would have been even bigger if Nick Swisher hadn't been called out on appeal for leaving third base too early to tag up on Damon's fly.
Cabrera's two-run single ended a 3-for-35 skid for New York with runners in scoring position. He later added a two-run double in the ninth.
After Rodriguez homered on reliever Jason Bulger's second pitch in the fifth, Sabathia already had everything he needed.
Kazmir was a strong playoff performer for Tampa Bay last year with a track record of success against the Yankees, and he excelled for Los Angeles down the stretch this season after his arrival from the Rays. But he struggled in his first postseason start for the Angels in Game 3 of the division series in Boston, and he yielded six hits and four walks in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Working incredibly slowly, the left-hander allowed the Yankees' first three leadoff hitters to reach base, but kept New York scoreless until the fourth, when Rodriguez led off with a single. After Jorge Posada laced a double just inside the left-field line, Robinson Cano grounded to second with one out, but Rodriguez slid in underneath Howie Kendrick's high throw to the plate.
Kazmir was chased by slumping Mark Teixeira's leadoff single in the fifth.
Morales was 3 for 24 in the postseason until his drive to center in the fifth.
NOTES: The Yankees already announced plans earlier in the day to put some World Series tickets on sale online Wednesday. ... Kazmir appeared to pick Swisher off second base moments after Cabrera's RBI single, but umpire Dale Scott ruled him safe.
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