By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ CC Sabathia was sharp in his first start, Ronald Torreyes and Chase Headley homered and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Tuesday night for their first victory this season.
Starting his 17th major league season and the final year of his Yankees contract, the 36-year-old Sabathia (1-0) limited the team he has faced more than any other to three singles and a pair of walks in five innings.
Five relievers finished the five-hitter. Dellin Betances retired Logan Morrison on a bases-loaded grounder that ended the eighth inning and Aroldis Chapman, back with the Yankees after agreeing to an $86 million, five-year contract, threw a perfect ninth.
Traded to the Chicago Cubs by New York last July, Chapman reached 100 mph on four of 14 pitches, including his last, when Daniel Robertson struck out as his bat went flying into the third-base dugout and into the seats.
Most of the offense was supplied by the bottom of the batting order. The 5-foot-8 Torreyes, in the lineup because of a shoulder injury to Didi Gregorius and batting ninth, hit New York’s first home run this season, a two-run drive off Jake Odorizzi (0-1) in the third that drove in 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge.
Headley went deep against Odorizzi in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth, making him 5 for 8 in two games. Headley started in a lengthy slump last year and did not get his first extra-base hit until May 12.
Matt Holliday drove in his first run as a Yankee with a third-inning double on a high fly that Peter Bourjos lost track of and dropped by the left-field corner.
Sabathia joined Herb Pennock, Frank Tanana, Tommy John, Jim Kaat, Kenny Rogers, Mike Flanagan, Lefty Grove and David Wells as the only left-handers in AL history to make at least one start in 17 different seasons. In his 42nd start against the Rays, Sabathia gave up a first-inning single to Evan Longoria and infield hits to Tim Beckham in the fourth and Steven Souza Jr. in the fifth.
Torreyes was among a quartet of 24-year-olds in the Yankees lineup, joined by Judge, catcher Gary Sanchez and first baseman Greg Bird Torreyes’ home run was the second of his big league career.
New York’s No. 2 through No. 4 hitters _ Sanchez, Bird and Holliday _ were 0-for-17 in the series before Holliday’s double made it 3-0.
Yankees: Manager Joe Girardi said Gregorius, expected to be out until sometime in May due to a right shoulder strain, has started a throwing program.
Rays: OF Colby Rasmus, on the 10-day DL while recovering from hip surgery, did agility drills and ran the bases. He’s expected to begin a rehab assignment at Class A Port Charlotte on Thursday.
Yankees: In Wednesday night’s series finale, RHP Michael Pineda will look to stop a career-long, 10-start winless streak, dating to a victory over Cleveland last Aug. 5.
Rays: RHP Alex Cobb will go against Pineda. He struggled in five September starts last year, going 1-2 with an 8.59 ERA, following his return from Tommy John surgery that sidelined much of the past two seasons.
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