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CLE@NYY: CC strikes out nine in complete-game win

After stringing together two great starts, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia thought he'd figured things out.

Then he took a step back on Tuesday against the A's, allowing six runs -- including two home runs -- on eight hits in his fifth loss this season.

"It's disappointing. It's definitely frustrating," Sabathia said after the start. "After having two good ones and feeling really good, just not having it today is frustrating. I'll be ready to go in five days."

He'll get the chance to turn things around on Sunday as the Yankees and Angels square off in the series finale at Angel Stadium. The Angels will go for the sweep with the Yankees, who are in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

Sabathia (6-5, 4.07 ERA) knows that to do so, he'll need to have better command of his fastball and make fewer mistakes.

"I just felt like everything was flat; no real life on the fastball," Sabathia said. "It's up to me to go out there and battle, try to keep us in the game."

The left-hander will have some tough competition in trying to get back on track, facing Angels ace Jered Weaver, who is also coming off a loss.

Dealing with a heavy downpour on Monday in Baltimore, the right-hander's outing against the Orioles was shortened after 83 pitches and 5 2/3 innings.

Weaver (1-2, 3.77 ERA) was charged with four runs on six hits, with the Orioles plating the go-ahead runs right before the two-plus-hour rain delay.

"It was frustrating," Weaver said. "I heard the weather report and just didn't want to go out there and throw three innings and have it stop. It kind of feels like a wasted opportunity, I guess you can say, but weather always plays a part in the game, no matter where you're at. Obviously, it showed tonight. Like I said, you can't make any excuses. Both teams have to play in it."

Yankees: Rivera's stop in Anaheim has special meaning
Closer Mariano Rivera was recognized during a pregame ceremony on Saturday and hosted a meet and greet with a few longtime Angels employees, stadium staffers and fans.

While Rivera plans to do something for the people behind the scenes during his last stop at every ballpark, his final appearance at Angel Stadium holds special meaning.

Rivera registered his first career save against the Angels on May 17, 1996, and also made his Major League debut at Angel Stadium against the then California Angels on May 23, 1995.

"I remember that. It was great," Rivera said. "I lost the game, but it was a good experience, my first time in the big leagues. It was outstanding. It was the beginning of a long career."

Angels: Trout holds steady in All-Star voting
When the latest fan-voting results for the American League were released on Saturday, Mike Trout remained second among outfielders, sporting 2,710,115 votes to trail Orioles center fielder Adam Jones by a little more than 30,000.

Trout ranks fourth overall among all AL players -- also behind Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (3,277,890) and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (2,999,094).

"It makes you feel good, knowing that you have fans watching you, rooting for you," Trout said. "It's a special feeling inside."

Worth noting
• In 11 career starts against the Yankees, Weaver is 6-2 with a 4.97 ERA.

• Against the AL West this season, the Yankees are 7-11.

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