New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has become the 17th major leaguer and third left-hander to reach 3,000 career strikeouts.
Sabathia entered Tuesday night’s game against Arizona with 2,997 strikeouts and hit the milestone by fanning three batters in the second inning.
The Yankees poured out of the dugout to congratulate the 38-year-old Sabathia and the crowd roared after the big left-hander struck out John Ryan Murphy — Murphy was one of Sabathia’s former catchers with the Yankees.
Sabathia tipped his hat to the crowd and hugged his kids in the front row before heading to the on-deck circle to lead off the next inning.
Sabathia joins Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the only lefties to reach 3,000 strikeouts.
Now in his 19th big league season, Sabathia is the first pitcher to hit the 3,000 mark since Atlanta’s John Smoltz in 2008.