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Sabathia drills Markakis; both benches warned

Home plate umpire Larry Vanover just warned both benches after CC Sabathia drilled Nick Markakis in the lower back with a 95 miles per hour fastball with two outs, nobody on and the New York Yankees leading by five runs in the bottom of the first inning.

I'm not sure if the pitch was in response to Michael Gonzalez hitting Chris Dickerson in the helmet in the 15th inning, or Brad Bergesen plunking Robinson Cano in the leg in the top of the first. Perhaps, it was in response to both. Either way, Sabathia's intent seemed pretty clear.

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The Orioles had a chance to make him pay for it and Vladimir Guerrero did his part by lining a single into right field to put runners on the corners with two outs. However, Sabathia retired Adam Jones on a fielder's choice to end the inning.

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