CC Sabathia bade farewell to baseball on Monday, two days after he went off injured in the New York Yankees' postseason defeat to the Houston Astros.

Veteran pitcher Sabathia, who confirmed in February that this MLB season would be his last, had to leave the field during Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. 

The Yankees went on to lose 6-4, with the Astros claiming the series 4-2.

Sabathia took to Twitter on Monday, posting an emotional goodbye to baseball following 19 years in MLB.

"It all started in Vallejo, CA in my grandma's backyard throwing grapefruits at a folding chair," the 39-year-old wrote.

"I could have never imagined how much this game has meant to me since. Through the ups and downs, baseball has always been my home.

"From Cleveland, to Milwaukee, New York, and everywhere in between, I'm so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present."

Sabathia went 251-161 with a 3.74 ERA and 3,093 strikeouts in 19 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and the Yankees.

CC Sabathia has made his final appearance for the New York Yankees after the team confirmed they had removed the veteran pitcher from their roster.

Sabathia, who confirmed in February the 2019 MLB season would be his last, exited the Yankees' defeat to the Houston Astros on Thursday with a shoulder injury.

The 39-year-old pitcher has now been removed from the Yankee's roster for the remainder of the American League Championship Series (ALCS), having suffered a subluxation of his left shoulder joint.

Sabathia will be replaced by pitcher Ben Heller and is ineligible to return this postseason.

The home crowd gave Sabathia a standing ovation in what has now become his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.

Over his 19-year career with the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and Yankees, Sabathia posted a 251-161 regular-season and a 3.74 ERA.

Earlier this season, he became just the third left-handed pitcher in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts in their career.

Sabathia was a six-time All-Star and won the Cy Young Award in 2007 with Cleveland. He was named ALCS MVP in 2009 on the way to a World Series title with the Yankees.

The Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2 in MLB thanks to Cody Bellinger.

After their marathon with the Boston Red Sox, the high-flying Dodgers produced a team effort on Monday as all but three players scored and all but four brought in runs.

However, Bellinger managed to steal the show after he hit two home runs to now lead MLB with 33 for the season.

What made things even sweeter? Max Muncy followed Bellinger with his 24th homer of the season in the seventh inning. By that point, the Dodgers had already put the game away.

Seven Dodgers recorded two or more hits on the night, while the Phillies struggled offensively. 

Clayton Kershaw earned the win after pitching six innings while allowing one run. He moved to 8-2 in 2019.

 

Crawford inspires demolition of Rockies

Brandon Crawford impressed in the first game of the San Francisco Giants' doubleheader, which they won 19-2 over the Colorado Rockies. He went five for six with two home runs while tying a team record with eight RBIs.

Xander Bogaerts has been successful at the plate and continued that in the Red Sox's 10-8 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was three for four with an RBI and scored twice.

Travis d'Arnaud was perfect at bat. He was three for three with three homers and drove in all five runs as the Tampa Bay Rays topped the New York Yankees 5-4.

 

Alcantara struggles in Tigers loss

Victor Alcantara was stuck with the loss after the Detroit Tigers fell 8-6 to the Cleveland Indians. He pitched only 0.3 of an inning but allowed four hits and three earned runs.

Yolmer Sanchez and Charlie Tilson both went 0 for four as the Chicago White Sox lost 5-2 to the Kansas City Royals.

 

Freeman off the scoreboard

Going, going, scoreboard? Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer that bounced off the bottom of the scoreboard in the Atlanta Braves' 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Avisail Garcia tested the arm of Aaron Judge — and lost.

 

Monday's results

San Francisco Giants 19-2 Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants 2-1 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers 16-2 Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 10-8 Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians 8-6 Detroit Tigers
Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves 4-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Kansas City Royals 5-2 Chicago White Sox
St Louis Cardinals 7-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Angels 9-6 Houston Astros

 

Rays at Yankees

After the Yankees dropped the first game in the series to the second-place Rays, they are hoping to get one back on Tuesday. New York are in control of the AL East and are five games ahead of Tampa Bay. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia (5-4, 4.03 ERA) to the mound while the Rays have not yet announced their starter.

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