CC Sabathia plows toward 20

Big left-hander drank plenty of fluids, overpowered Royals in the heat

Updated: August 13, 2010, 2:00 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

KANSAS CITY -- CC Sabathia is a closer to plowhorse than thoroughbred. He is more tractor than race car.

He's no body beautiful, but he is surprisingly athletic and marvelously efficient -- a lean, mean throwing machine hidden inside a soft casing. And on a night in which one young, strong outfielder (Gregor Blanco) had to leave the game after four innings with heat exhaustion and another (Nick Swisher) lasted only seven thanks to the tropical, 94-degree weather, there was Sabathia, all ...

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