CC Sabathia pitched seven shutout innings and the Yankees - who had numerous opportunities to score - were able to push across three runs in their 3-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia struck out eight, walked two and only allowed one hit to earn his 19th victory of the season. Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera each pitched a scoreless inning to secure the victory.

The Yankees left 12 men on base as a team, including not scoring after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth inning. In fact, they didn't have a hit with runners in scoring position until Johnny Damon's two-out, two-run single in the eighth to give the Yankees insurance runs.

The Yankees scored the game's first run in the bottom of the sixth on Robinson Cano's solo home run the banged off the top of the left field wall. It was the only run Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed in seven innings, despite walking five and allowing six hits. The Yankees' runs in the eighth came against Billy Wagner.

With the win, the Yankees earned their 99th win of the season and reduced the magic number to clinch the American League East to one. Andy Pettitte gets the start tomorrow afternoon, as New York looks for the sweep.

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Andrew Fletcher regularly blogs about the Yankees at Scott Proctor's Arm.