Sabathia, Stewart lead Yankees over Twins 8-3 18 Apr 12

Bronx, New York (AP) – CC Sabathia shook off early trouble to get a rare April win for the Yankees and backup catcher Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single and had three RBIs for the first time in his career to lead New York over the Minnesota Twins 8-3 Tuesday night.

Sabathia (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. After falling behind 3-1 in the third, he didn’t allow a hit and retired 13 in a row during one stretch.

In going 19-8 last year, Sabathia didn’t get his first win until his fifth start. He is just 7-4 in March and April since joining the Yankees in 2009 and 18-14 through April in his career.

Francisco Liriano (0-2) had his third straight poor outing, allowing five runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.

Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span and manager Ron Gardenhire were ejected in the third inning of the game.

With a runner on first and one out, Span took a called strike from Sabathia on a pitch that appeared to be inside. Span stepped behind the batter’s box and appeared to exchange words with plate umpire Greg Gibson. When Span got in the batter’s box, he appeared to keep talking and was tossed.

Gardenhire then came out of the dugout and, after a brief argument, also was ejected.

It was the 61st ejection for Gardenhire and the second for Span.

Clete Thomas batted for Span and doubled to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead.