Expected to strengthen the Yankees' pitching rotation, Sabathia got off to an inauspicious start. Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts singled to lead off the first. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch, and Adam Jones walked. Sabathia threw another wild pitch but got out of the inning with a little help from Cody Ransom and Derek Jeter.
Sabathia was inconsistent and his lack of control led to his early exit--his ball-to-strike ratio was near one-to-one. In the end, Sabathia allowed 13 baserunners on eight hits and five walks without fanning an Oriole.
Upon his departure, the Yankees trailed 6-1.