NEW YORK — CC Sabathia's fastball hit 94 mph, Mark Teixeira walked and scored, and Kevin Youkilis singled in a run as the Yankees started to look a little more like the Yankees Friday.
Sabathia matched his season high with 10 strikeouts after two months of a puzzling drop in velocity, and New York got two key bats back in a 4-1 win over the Red Sox that stopped a five-game losing streak.
"When I was younger … I thought (velocity) was the way I was getting guys out," said Sabathia, who ended a five-start winless streak. "But as I got older I know it's more location than it is velocity."
Out since injuring his right wrist March 5, Teixeira worked a seven-pitch walk in his first plate appearance and scored on Jayson Nix's single.
"It's going to take a few days, but you're knocking some rust off," Teixeira said after an 0-for-3 night. "Great first at-bat, just getting to run around the bases and score a run. That really just kind of breaks you in a little bit."
Returning from a back injury, Youkilis was 1-for-4 as the DH with a fifth-inning single that made it 3-0.