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With tonight’s victory, CC Sabathia improved to 15-5, which ties him with Tampa Bay’s David Price for the American League lead in victories. There’s still enough season left that Sabathia could make a serious run at his first career 20-win season, although don’t expect that to be fueling his drive as the second half runs its course.
While most of the news was coming out of Sarasota, there was this ugly tidbit of a pitching line filtering in from the Himes Avenue complex back in Tampa, where CC Sabathia pitched in a Triple-A game against the Phillies’ top farm club:
Sabathia: 3.2IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 2 HR – 88 pitches, 58 strikes
Joe Girardi didn’t have any details, but upon hearing the results, he said: “That’s not what we’re necessarily looking for.” Maybe it’s a good thing that Sabathia’s facing the Red Sox on Opening Night and not the Triple-A Lehigh Valley club.
Following the outing, Sabathia threw an additional 12 pitches in the bullpen. He was caught in the game and bullpen by Jorge Posada, who went 2-for-3 (two singles) off the Phillies’ Roy Halladay.
- Once again, Alex Rodriguez found a side door at Ed Smith Stadium, walking past the autograph seekers and into a waiting luxury car to leave the Yankees. He was apparently headed for his reported meeting with federal investigators regarding his possible connection to a Canadian physician under investigation. A-Rod did not comment to reporters, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he did not know if Rodriguez would be available to play on either Friday or Saturday.
- Back in Sarasota, Girardi thought that Sergio Mitre (2 IP, 1 ER) looked pretty good, but Alfredo Aceves (2 IP, 6 ER) was up in the zone and paid for it. Girardi said that he thought both pitchers were dealing with some emotions after learning they wouldn’t be the Yankees’ fifth starter.
- Earlier we mentioned that the Yankees might find it difficult to carry two situational lefties, and they consider Damaso Marte as one. Boone Logan’s changeup is an intriguing pitch for Girardi, and one they want to keep looking at. It’s a pitch that might elevate him past just the left-on-left battles.
- One explanation for Marcus Thames’ struggles this spring, from Girardi – he’s going to primarily be on the roster to bat against left-handed pitching, and the Yankees haven’t seen much this spring. They’ll draw Jamie Moyer tomorrow, and you can bet Thames will be in there. Girardi wants to see him get going.
- Chan Ho Park (2 IP, 0 ER) was “exceptional,” the skipper said.
CC Sabathia was four batters into his afternoon and he was already staring off into the right-field bleachers at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where Garrett Jones’ three-run homer was making landfall against the steel and concrete seating area.
The left-handed ace’s second spring start didn’t go as well as he might have hoped, serving up five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out two. It served as a reminder that there is still plenty left to work on here in the Grapefruit League.
“It was tough. Terrible,” Sabathia said. “My location was bad. I collapsed my back side and everything was up. I’ll keep working to keep the ball down and get my secondary pitches where they need to be.”
The Yankees’ probable Opening Day starter, Sabathia said that he felt strong, which is the point at this time. But it was impossible to forget that he had a similar start last spring against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., where he served up five runs in 1 2/3 innings, including a long Gary Sheffield home run that clanged off of a light post.
“It was the same kind of deal,” Sabathia said. “The ball was up and my secondary pitches were not there. … I guess it’s going to take a while. It’s pretty easy to hit when it’s like that.”
When Sabathia returned to the dugout, pitching coach Dave Eiland told him that he was collapsing his motion, but Sabathia said that he wants to be at the point where he can sense that himself on the mound.
“I always say results don’t matter, until you get out there and give up eight runs in two innings to the Pirates,” Sabathia said. “I’ll try to be better next time.”
Reminded that it was only five runs, Sabathia responded, “It should have been eight.”
- Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes will get three innings and 50 pitches each tomorrow against the Tigers in Lakeland, a lineup that should in all likelihood include former Yankee Johnny Damon.
CC Sabathia wasn’t thrilled with his first spring start, pitching two innings against the Phillies this afternoon at Bright House Field. Sabathia allowed two hits and walked two in a pair of scoreless frames.
“My delivery was so-so,” he said. “I had a couple of times when I fell off the mound. I wasn’t heading to the plate. That’s why you saw changeups in the batters box. That’ll be something I work on in my bullpens coming up and try to keep it going and get it a lot better heading to the start of the season.”
Sabathia said that he did get a couple of check-swings from the Phillies on his two-seamers, a good sign. For March 4, that’s enough.
“As long as my arm feels good and I’m heading in the right direction,” Sabathia said. “My delivery was OK. I’m happy. Results don’t start to matter until April 4.”
As for facing Roy Halladay, Sabathia said that he didn’t watch. There were too many Yankees standing against the railing for him to get a good view, so he didn’t bother.
“Like I always say, I’m facing the lineup,” Sabathia said. “If I was facing him, then I’d probably pay more attention.”
You might get the impression from those quotes that things are a little bit, shall we say, on cruise control? So someone asked CC if winning the World Series took some of the urgency out of his spring workload.
“Not at all. I want that feeling again,” he said. “That’s what you play for. It was unbelievable. It makes you hungry for more championships. I can see how Jeter and Posada and Mo and Andy are still working the way they do to win, because it’s a great feeling.”
- Joba Chamberlain is ready to go on Friday vs. the Rays. He’ll pitch after Phil Hughes.
- The Yankees might give Nick Johnson one more day off “just to make sure he’s not irritated,” Joe Girardi said.
He may not win the Cy Young (then again, he may — the BBWAA will announce the award today at 2 p.m.), but CC Sabathia is nonetheless generating buzz.
Sabathia is one of 30 nominees for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award, given annually to the individual or team with the greatest impact on the sporting world at large. To give you a sense of the award, here are the last five winners:
2008: Michael Phelps (swimming)
2007: Brett Favre (NFL)
2006: Dwyane Wade (NBA)
2005: Tom Brady (NFL)
2004: Boston Red Sox (MLB)
The nomination, which you can read here, harps on Sabathia’s much-publicized influence within the clubhouse, as much as his performance on the field. It may be tough for Sabathia to beat out the likes of Manny Pacquiao (boxing) or Tim Tebow (college football) for this year’s award, but hey — you never know. Sports Illustrated gives out the hardware every Dec. 1.
Speaking of hardware, Bryan is off trying to win MVP awards at fantasy camp down in Tampa. I’ll be filling in with Yanks news this week, so give me a Twitter follow at @anthonydicomo. Really. You won’t regret it.
Before Juan Miranda played the hero in the ninth inning and Kyle Farnsworth assumed the role of goat, Burnett gave the Yankees 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in mowing down the Royals, striking out eight but walking three and needing 108 pitches to get that far.
Joe Girardi lifted Burnett in the seventh, as much because of the pitch count as a precaution for the American League Division Series.
Burnett is definitely going to be one of the starters in the ALDS, no matter if they play the Tigers or Twins, though it will be interesting to see how they will decide to arrange him after a long meeting Tuesday to discuss the roster. This weekend could provide a hint, as the Yankees have lined up CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Burnett to pitch against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
With Games 1 and 2 in the Bronx, the home-road splits — which Girardi said they would consider — seem to lean toward the idea of pitching Burnett in Game 2. Burnett is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA at Yankee Stadium and 7-6 with a 4.73 ERA on the road. Pettitte is 6-4 with a 4.59 ERA at Yankee Stadium and 8-3 with a 3.59 ERA on the road.
Then consider that in, three career starts at Comerica Park, Burnett is 2-1 with a very disturbing 9.42 ERA. At the Metrodome, he is 2-1 with a much more palatable 3.91 ERA. Pettitte is 2-3 with a 4.65 ERA at Comerica Park, and 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA at the Metrodome.
Continuing their season-long fan outreach initiative, the Yankees will be having CC Sabathia, Melky Cabrera and Jerry Hairston, Jr. meeting and greeting this afternoon at the Great Hall entrance beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
The Yankees do this once per homestand and the lines always begin to fill up pretty early. The players are happy to pose for photos and, in most cases, sign autographs when asked.
If you’re planning on trying to meet the players, be sure to get to Yankee Stadium early.