Including an nearly identical line in his last outing against Tampa Bay in September, Sabathia is the first major leaguer to throw at least five scoreless innings with one-or-fewer hits and no walks in consecutive starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Tanaka will pitch on five-days rest Sunday and has allowed just one earned run in each of his first three starts.
NY is 3-6 at home against the Orioles, Tigers and White Sox - all projected also-rans who lost at least 98 games past year. He gave up the Yankees' 2-0 lead when Tim Anderson belted a grand slam off the Japanese right-hander's go-to splitter.
In Phoenix, Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings and helped himself with two hits, pinch-hitter David Peralta connected for a three-run homer and Arizona beat San Diego to stop a four-game losing streak.
The Yankees lost their fourth straight and dropped to 2-5 at home after squandering an early three-run lead. "We've noticed that", right fielder Aaron Judge said.
BOTTOM LINE: New York hosts Chicago in game two of a three-game series.
In Seattle, Gerrit Cole struck out 11 in six innings, Aledmys Diaz homered and Houston completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners. "Definitely need to make some adjustments so it's an effective pitch".
Brett Gardner is still leading off despite hitting.200, and their 3-4 hitters after Aaron Judge are third baseman DJ LeMahieu and shortstop Gleyber Torres.
Four relievers combined on three scoreless innings and Alex Colome tossed a flawless ninth for his third save. "Hopefully we can build off it and get some momentum going".
Tanaka faced only 10 batters in the first three innings, striking out six, but then all of a sudden he fell apart. He urged it with a waving hand into the front row of seats just beyond the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center for his third homer and Chicago's first slam of the season.
"That is classic CC right there", said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Yankees: Following a day off, LHP James Paxton (1-2, 6.00) gets his first taste of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry Tuesday night when he faces struggling Boston ace Chris Sale (0-3, 9.00) in the opener of a two-game set.
Ivan Nova's return to the Bronx ended with a quality start but not with a victory as the White Sox were shutout 1-0. In the White Sox's last series against the Tampa Bay Rays, he began hitting the ball with more authority and hitting the ball in the air.
Two moonshots at Yankee Stadium certainly aren't a bad way to start his Major League Baseball home run tally and signal what might be in store.