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CC Sabathia Misses Out On $500K Bonus After Ejection For Hitting Batter

September 27, 2018 - 4:17 pm
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By WFAN.com

Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia only needed to complete seven innings against the Rays Thursday to earn a $500k bonus for innings pitched on the season. With only 55 pitches thrown entering the sixth inning, CC looked to be on track to reach that incentive, but the unwritten rules of baseball had other ideas.

Sabathia hit the first Rays’ batter of the sixth in retaliation for a ball thrown at the head of Austin Romine by Tampa pitcher Andrew Kittredge in the top of the inning.

All this started in the fifth inning when Sabathia hit first baseman Jake Bauers on the wrist. It didn't seem like too much of a big deal, but then the sixth inning happened.

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Sabathia was tossed immediately after his pitch hit Jesús Sucre on the leg. The 38-year-old lefty gestured at Kittredge in the Tampa dugout as he walked off the mound. Tensions simmered for a bit, but the benches did not clear. Instead, Aaron Judge went over to the side of the diamond to have a polite word with some members of the Rays’ bullpen.

The Rays had already been eliminated from playoff contention two days prior, and the drama of the sixth inning came in a game that wasn't tightly contested. The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. They eventually won the game 11-1, with Sabathia picking up his ninth win of the season.

This outing was Sabathia's last scheduled start of the regular season, so it would take at least two innings for him out of the bullpen this weekend in Boston to collect that $500k bonus.