The Yankees left Target Field on Wednesday with two victories in three games -- and liking their chances to win the AL East a little more after watching CC Sabathia's signature performance against the Twins.

The Twins blew a chance to win a season series against New York for the first time since 2001 as they lost 8-2.

Truthfully, Sabathia gave them no chance.

The veteran lefthander put it on the Twins for eight innings, limiting them to two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10 -- including Joe Mauer three times. Three. That's just the second time all season that has happened. The third strikeout came on three pitches.