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CC Sabathia trying to get the Yankees back on track

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, June 18, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Hello once again on what promises to be a stormy evening here at Yankee Stadium. We should have a thunder and lightning show at some point tonight, but so far everything is on schedule. CC Sabathia and Sean O’Sullivan comprise the pitching matchup as the Yankees try to bounce back from a couple of rough ones against the Tigers and Phillies.

Here are the quick hits you need to know:

Manager Joe Girardi spoke a bit during his press conference about Sabathia’s ongoing adjustments:

“I think he’s adjusted better than he did maybe at the beginning of last year. I still think that every day going out there, it’s a learning process for him in learning how to pitch different. He’s incorporated his two-seamer to right-handers, something he did this year and something he never had to do. It’s picking the right times go use it. I still think he’s adjusting, but I think he understands who he is better than he did a year ago.”

Sabathia is unbeaten in his last four starts, going 1-0 with a 4.37 ERA (22.2 IP, 11 ER).  He has 23 strikeouts and only three walks in that stretch.

Mitchell gives the Yankees an extra long reliever in case they need one, since Ivan Nova is starting tomorrow and Chris Capuano had to be summoned in relief yesterday due to Michael Pineda’s clunker.

Mark Teixeira (stiff neck) is “not quite ready” to play, according to Girardi, though the Yankees hope to have him back in the lineup tomorrow. Girardi said that he is not sure if Teixeira could be used as a pinch-hitter tonight. Teixeira said that he senses some improvement after yesterday’s cortisone injection:

“It’s been an issue for two weeks now. That’s too long, That’s why we got an MRI. Usually if you have a stiff neck, some spasms, they go away after a couple days. After two weeks, you want to get an MRI. It showed some irritation in the joint, so we got it fixed.”

Andrew Miller (left forearm flexor muscle strain) is scheduled to play catch tomorrow.

Brett Gardner is batting .565 (13-23 AB) with three homers over his last five games.

Brian McCann has homered in back-to-back games and is batting .360 (18-50 AB) with 12 RBIs over his last 13 games.

Girardi’s thoughts on Cole Hamels, who starts Wednesday for the Phillies:

“Obviously the challenge is great in facing Cole Hamels. He’s an outstanding pitcher and he’s been an outstanding pitcher for a long time. There’s been a lot of talk about him since the offseason; ‘How many more starts does he have in a Philadelphia uniform?’ Nobody knows. I don’t really get too caught up in it. Could he end up in our division? I guess. There are six divisions he could end up in, so I guess the chances are he could end up in ours. But I’m curious to see him pitch tomorrow.”

Spring Game 4: Yankees at Phillies

Clearwater, Fla.Hello from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., where the Yankees will kick off a long day of baseball by playing their first split-squad game of the spring at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Phillies. Bryan Mitchell gets the nod for the Yankees in this one, with Cole Hamels on the hill for Philadelphia.

The game is being broadcast on TV by the Phillies.

We’ll drive back across the Courtney Campbell Causeway for action under the lights tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees will host the Pirates. Alex Rodriguez is slated to DH in that one, marking his second spring game, and Carlos Beltran will make his spring debut in right field. Chris Capuano gets the start for the Yanks against Jeff Locke.

Here are the lineups for the first game of the day:

YANKEES (1-1-1)
Didi Gregorius ss
Chase Headley 3b
Stephen Drew 2b
Mark Teixeira 1b
Greg Bird dh
Gary Sanchez c
Ramon Flores lf
Aaron Judge rf
Slade Heathcott cf

Bryan Mitchell rhp

In relief: Jose Ramirez, Nick Goody, Jaron Long, Matt Tracy, Mark Montgomery

PHILLIES (1-2)
Odubel Herrera cf
Freddy Galvis ss
Grady Sizemore dh
Ryan Howard 1b
Darin Ruf lf
Cody Asche 3b
Carlos Ruiz c
Jeff Francoeur rf
Cord Phelps 2b

Cole Hamels lhp

In relief: Adam Morgan, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Nefi Ogando, Andy Oliver, Luis Garcia

Spring Game 3: Yankees at Pirates

Hello from historic McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla., where the Yankees will play their third exhibition of the spring this afternoon, visiting the Pirates. Esmil Rogers is making the start for New York, with Francisco Liriano on the mound for the Bucs. It’s 82 degrees and sunny.

The game is being broadcast on the radio by the Pirates.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (0-1-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Chris Young rf
Garrett Jones 1b
John Ryan Murphy c
Jose Pirela 3b
Kyle Roller dh
Rob Refsnyder 2b
Cito Culver ss

Esmil Rogers rhp

In relief: Chase Whitley, Nick Rumbelow, Cesar Vargas, Fred Lewis, Chasen Shreve.

PIRATES (1-1)
Jose Tabata lf
Gregory Polanco rf
Andrew McCutchen dh
Starling Marte cf
Andrew Lambo 1b
Jung Ho Kang ss
Chris Stewart c
Sean Rodriguez 2b
Justin Sellers 3b

Francisco Liriano rhp

In relief: Charlie Morton, Mark Melancon, Tyler Glasnow, Clayton Richard, Deolis Guerra, Jeremy Bleich.

Spring Game 2: Yankees vs. Phillies

Alex Rodriguez returns to the Yankees’ lineup for the first time since September 2013 this afternoon as the club opens their home Grapefruit League schedule here at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., hosting the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on YES and the MLB Network.

Here are the lineups:

PHILLIES (0-0)
Odubel Herrera cf
Freddy Galvis ss
Domonic Brown rf
Ryan Howard dh
Maikel Franco 3b
Darin Ruf rf
Grady Sizemore lf
Cord Phelps 2b
Tommy Joseph c

Kevin Slowey rhp

YANKEES (0-0)
Didi Gregorius ss
Alex Rodriguez dh
Brian McCann c
Mark Teixeira 1b
Chase Headley 3b
Stephen Drew 2b
Tyler Austin rf
Ramon Flores lf
Mason Williams cf

Nathan Eovaldi rhp

In relief: Andrew Miller, Kyle Davies, Dan Burawa, Wilking Rodriguez, Tyler Pazos, Tyler Webb.

Spring Game 10: Yankees at Phillies

clearwaterI really didn’t think there was a chance of this, but it looks like we might have baseball after all here at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. They have announced an estimated 2:30 p.m. ET start time, and the tarp was pulled at 1:41 p.m., to a loud cheer from the handful of people waiting things out at the Frenchy’s tiki bar in left field.

There have been tornado warnings in the area and a bunch of cancellations around the Grapefruit League today. It still looks ugly here, but we’ll see. Now you know why I flunked out of meteorological school.

Here are the lineups you’ll be seeing, if we can get underway. The Phillies have a TV broadcast that is being picked up by MLB Network.

Update 1:58 p.m. Carlos Beltran has been scratched from the Yankees’ lineup. The team has not given a reason yet, but you would figure Joe Girardi isn’t thrilled about the idea of Beltran splashing around right field on a pair of surgically repaired knees. Ramon Flores will take over in right; updated lineup is below.

YANKEES (4-4)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Mason Williams CF
Ramon Flores RF

Masahiro Tanaka RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux, Mark Montgomery, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis.

PHILLIES (1-6)
Freddy Galvis SS
Kevin Frandsen 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Domonic Brown LF
Carlos Ruiz C
John Mayberry Jr. CF
Reid Brignac DH

Kyle Kendrick RHP

Also scheduled to pitch: Jonathan Papelbon, Justin De Fratus, Mario Hollands, Phillippe Aumont.

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