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52 CC Sabathia SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/285 | Birthdate: 7/21/1980 | Birthplace: Vallejo, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 15 | Salary: $23,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 58/29 | Average Draft Position: 198.40
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Starter CC Sabathia snaps Yankees' skid with seven strong IP


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Yankees starter CC Sabathia (2-5) gave up one run on six hits in seven innings to earn the win Saturday againstg the Royals.

Sabathia's strong start snapped the Yankees' four-game losing streak.

"CC has not been a strong pitcher in April for much of his career," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "But look at what he's done his last few starts. Hopefully he keeps rolling."

The lone run allowed was via a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

"I guess I'm an old man now, Sabathia said when asked about being pulled after seven innings. "[Girardi] needed to take me out and give me a rest."

After dropping his first five decisions of the season, Sabathia has won two straight.

Sabathia is set to make his next scheduled start Saturday, May 23, against the Rangers.


Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia earns first win with seven solid IP


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (1-5) pitched seven solid innings Monday, allowing three earned runs on six hits in seven innings to defeat the Rays for his first win of the year. 

Sabathia was cruising until the seventh, where he served up back-to-back homers to Logan Forsythe and Joey Butler. 

"I felt pretty good today," Sabathia said. "I just wanted to stay aggressive."

His nine strikeouts was a season high. 

"That's the story today: It was good to get CC his first win," Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez said. "I thought he did a lot of good things."

"Sabathia quieted us down basically until it was almost too late," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Sabathia's next start is set for Saturday in Kansas City.


Yankees pitching coach: Sabathia not pitching poorly


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is still yet to record a win this season, but pitching coach Larry Rothschild doesn't believe it has anything to do with his stuff, according to the New York Post.

"I'm sure he's never had to experience this," Rothschild said. "I don't think he's searching for anything. He's still throwing the ball well -- not as well as he'd like, but not as bad as it looks."

Sabathia has a 5.45 ERA and an 0-5 record to start the season.

"That's not reflective of how he's pitched," Rothschild said. "He had the one game [against the Mets] when he really didn't pitch well and wasn't feeling good. I think his numbers are a little bit skewed. He's pitched long enough to know to keep plugging away. Things can change quickly."


Yankees' CC Sabathia allows four runs in loss vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia took the loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Sabathia (0-5) was staked to a 1-0 lead after the first inning but let it slip away in the second, when he gave up a two-run single. He followed that up by allowing an RBI single in the fourth inning, while his final run surrendered came on a solo home run in the sixth.

Sabathia has posted a 5.45 ERA and 29:8 K:BB ratio in 38 innings while delivering just two quality starts in his six outings. He's scheduled to face the Rays Monday.


Yankees starter CC Sabathia takes no-decision with six solid innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Yankees starter CC Sabathia pitched six strong innings Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits for a no-decision against the Red Sox.

Sabathia gave up a sacrifice fly in the third inning and a solo homer to Allen Craig in the fourth.

Sabathia fanned three and walked two in the outing.

Sabathia returns to the mound Wednesday in Toronto.

Yankees GM on Sabathia: 'Overall, his performance has been pretty good'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia is 0-4 with a 5.96 ERA heading into his fifth start of the season Friday against the Red Sox.

The veteran lefty particularly had a rough outing in his last start against the Mets, allowing seven runs in five innings, but general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic it was a one-game setback for Sabathia.

“He’s 0-4, but those other three games we lost for other reasons besides him,’’ Cashman told the New York Post. “Overall, his performance has been pretty good. Obviously, the last one wasn’t, but hopefully has a bounce-back start.”


Yankees starter CC Sabathia allows seven runs, falls to 0-4 on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Yankees starter CC Sabathia (0-4) gave up seven runs on nine hits in five innings on Saturday to suffer the loss against the Mets.

Sabathia was tagged for three home runs in the contest, including the first career long ball from Mets propsect and 2012 first-round draft pick Kevin Plawecki.

"It sucks. I just want to try to help the team win and I haven't been able to do that my three of four times out," Sabathia said. "This one stings a little more because I didn't give us a chance at all."

Sabathia was in control until a four-run fourth inning for the Mets broke open the game.

"I was getting ahead but just not with quality pitches," Sabathia said.

It's the first time in his career that Sabathia's started a season 0-4.

Sabathia's next start is scheduled for Friday in Boston.


Yankees' CC Sabathia takes hard-luck loss, falls to 0-3 on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (0-3) allowed two runs on seven hits in eight innings on Monday but was outdueled by the Tigers' Alfredo Simon and was stuck with the loss. 

Sabathia, who faced the minimum through six innings, carried a shutout into the seventh but gave up RBI singles to J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes in the frame.

"It's frustrating," Sabathia said after the game, per MLB.com. "Especially with a 1-0, tight game, you kind of want to shut it down and get us back in the dugout."

Sabathia struck out five and remains winless on the season. 

Sabathia gets credit for a complete game (38th for career) in the loss, the first in the American League this season.

"CC pitched great," Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said. "We played great defense behind him. He pitched tremendous. It would have been nice to get this win, but he looked great out there."

He'll look again for his first win of 2015 Saturday at home against the Mets.


Yankees encouraged by CC Sabathia despite rough start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Yankees starter CC Sabathia has struggled in his first two starts of the season. 

Sabathia is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA, but despite the results, the Yankees are encouraged by what they've seen. 

"The amount of ground balls that he’s getting, the amount of strikeouts that he’s getting," manager Joe Girardi said, per the Journal News. "They have not centered him up a whole lot during the course of his first two starts. I think it’s really important against a lineup like this because they have the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark."


CC Sabathia drops second straight for Yankees


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Yankees starter CC Sabathia lost his second straight start, Tuesday against the Orioles. 

Sabathia gave up four runs in seven innings. He allowed seven hits, including a home run, and walked one, while striking out seven. 

Sabathia threw 91 pitches, 63 for strikes, and finished the game with a 5.68 ERA. 

"I was commanding the ball pretty good," Sabathia said, per the New York Times. "I just need to tighten up a few things, especially late in the game."

Sabathia next pitches on Monday against Detroit and Alfredo Simon. 


Yankees' CC Sabathia struggles, loses season debut versus Jays


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia lost his season debut on Thursday by a score of 6-3 to the Blue Jays.

Sabathia allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He was able to strike out eight without walking a single batter. Additionally, he left the game without having any issues with his right knee.

“One bad inning got away from us,” Sabathia said regarding a second inning where he gave up three earned runs. “I wish I could have stopped the bleeding there, reports the New York Post.”

At one point Sabathia had retired eight consecutive batters heading into the fifth inning, striking out seven.

“It was something to build on,” Sabathia said. “No walks. Not a lot of good contact. We threw the ball pretty good. It was just bad luck.”

Sabathia will look to gain his first victory of the year in his next start against the Orioles in Baltimore.


Yankees set pitching rotation for opening series


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Yankees have set their starting rotation for the first three games of the season, against the Blue Jays. 

RHP Masahiro Tanaka will start Monday's opener. After an off day on Tuesday, the Yankees will start RHP Michael Pineda on Wednesday and LHP CC Sabathia on Thursday.


Yankees' CC Sabathia gives up three runs in loss to Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia closed his spring by surrendering three earned runs in an 8-2 loss to the Nationals. 

Sabathia gave up five hits, struck out three batters and allowed three walks in 5 1/3 innings. The performance concludes his spring with an 8.10 ERA. Sabathia gave up 14 hits and three home runs in 10 innings during spring training. 

All three of the runs Sabathia gave up came in the first inning, with Bryce Harper hitting an RBI triple, Ryan Zimmerman hitting an RBI single and Ian Desmond hitting an RBI ground-rule double. 


Yankees' Girardi: CC Sabathia not that far behind other starters


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi called CC Sabathia's progress this spring "positive," despite the veteran lefty heading into his final exhibition start Friday having posted an 11.57 ERA in 4 2/3 innings.

"The fact that he was able to pitch on his turns, the fact that he was able to throw a number of pitches, his velocity was better; I thought that was all good," Girardi said, per ESPN.

Sabathia, who is coming off knee surgery in July, is expected to throw 80-85 pitches Friday against the Nationals. He's slated to make his first regular season start Thursday against the Blue Jays.

"He makes one more start in the season and he's where everybody else is," Girardi said. "I don't really consider him that far behind. We chose to do this because we had guys coming off injuries and we said we were going to take it slow. If their pitch count is a little bit less the first start, so be it. We'll deal with that."


Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia not concerned with runs allowed


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia isn't worried about how spring training has gone so far. The former Cy Young award winner doesn't care that his numbers, an 11.57 ERA in 4 2/3 innings, look so bad, reports the New York Daily News.

"I don't give a (expletive) what stock (people) put in it," Sabathia said. "It is what it is. I've had spring trainings where I've given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I've had spring trainings like last year where I didn't give up no runs and I gave up five in the first game. Y'all can put stock in whatever you want. I'm not really worried about it."

Manager Joe Girardi expressed a similar mindset.

"The bottom line is that he's right Opening Day," Girardi said. "You try to evaluate his stuff and how you feel about that. What we've seen this year is much more positive than what we’ve seen the last, you know, in velocity, the discrepancy between that and the change up and slider, so now to me it's just ironing out and being more consistent."


Yankees tab Masahiro Tanaka for Opening Day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Friday starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Blue Jays. It will be his first Opening Day start.

Girardi added Tanaka will be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Sabathia has started the last six openers for New York.

“We feel that’s the way it works the best. We feel that gives everybody a chance to be pretty ready,” Girardi said, per the New York Post. “Tanaka will be on a little bit of a pitch count the first time. We just like the way it works for our guys.”

The Yankees have not yet officially announced a fifth starter, but general manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier this week Adam Warren is the favorite to land the final spot in the rotation.

Tanaka and Sabathia were considered the top two candidates to start Opening Day. However, Girardi held off in making the decision as he wanted to see how both pitchers responded this spring coming off injury-plagued campaigns in 2014. While Sabathia is coming off knee surgery, Tanaka did not undergo surgery last season for a partially torn UCL. Although, he did miss a few months due to the elbow injury.

Tanaka is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three spring starts. He also has 12 strikeouts to just one walk in 10 1/3 innings.


Report: Tanaka the favorite over Sabathia to start Opening Day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Masahiro Tanaka appears to be the favorite over CC Sabathia to start on Opening Day for the Yankees on April 6 against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, according to ESPN.

Sabathia has started on Opening Day 11 times, including the last six years with the Yankees. Tanaka has done it once, while pitching in Japan.

Tanaka went 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA last season, and has not allowed a run through 5 2/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play. Sabathia is coming off a knee injury that limited him to just eight starts in 2014. He owns a whopping 11.57 ERA this spring.


Yankees' CC Sabathia allows three home runs, feeling good


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Yankees pticher CC Sabathia endured a rough outing Sunday against the Mets, allowing four earned runs on five hits, including three home runs, while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings, but the pitcher said he's still feeling good in his return from arthroscopic knee surgery, MLB.com reports.

"I told [pitching coach Larry Rothschild] I felt a lot better than I did last spring and I didn't give up any runs," Sabathia said. "So I'd rather get my [behind] kicked and feel like I did [Sunday] than give up no runs and feel like I did last year."

Sabathia has posted an 11.57 ERA in his first two spring outings.


Yankees happy with CC Sabathia's progress


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is returning from knee surgery last summer, and the team is happy with the progress he's made. 

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Sabathia "hasn't missed a beat," per NJ.com's Ryan Hatch. "His knee has responded really well to what they did with it this winter," he said.

Sabathia hit 93 MPH with his fastball in his first start of the spring. ""Whenever you have more velocity, there's bigger discrepancy between your fastball and change-up," manager Joe Girardi said. "And your slider's going to be sharper because there's more arm speed."


Masahiro Tanaka 'absolutely' wants to start Yankees' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he wants to be the Opening Day starter this season. 

Tanaka and CC Sabathia are believed to be manager Joe Girardi's two options for the honor. Sabathia has said that he doesn't care if he gets the call on Opening Day, Tanaka said he "absolutely" wants to pitch the opener, according to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.

Sabathia has started on Opening Day 11 times, including the last six years with the Yankees. Tanaka has done it once, while pitching in Japan. 


Girardi not ready to choose between CC, Tanaka for Opening Day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Starting pitchers CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka are lining up to be the top candidates to start Opening Day for the Yankees. However, manager Joe Girardi isn't quite ready to choose between the two, per The Journal News.

“We’ll just see who’s ready,” Girardi said. “We have to see where (Sabathia’s)’s at. That’s been the whole thing all along here. We’ve been patient with him and Tanaka because we want to see where they’re at.

"I think the way we’re looking at it is, who’s ready? We want to make sure that person is ready, obviously. You look at the rotation and how does it benefit each guy? You’re the No. 1 guy on the day you pitch; that’s all that matters to me. Whether you’re the first starter, the second starter, you’re still that No. 1 guy and you’re still going to take your turn every five days or every six days if we have an off-day. I’m not a big believer of skipping people, so it’s just formality, really.

“Neither one of them (Sabathia or Tanaka) have made a lot of starts in spring training,” Girardi said. “So something could change our mind. I’m pretty open-minded about it right now. Obviously I’ll have to change my mind pretty soon, but right now, that’s not a huge decision for me.”


Yankees P CC Sabathia pleased with first start


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia overcame a bout with nerves on Tuesday to finish with a result that he was pleased with, according to MLB.com. It was his first start of spring training.

"That's the thing," the starting pitcher said. "It's weird. I think it was just the nerves of being in a game, so I never really settled in."

Sabathia worked through the first inning striking out one and forcing two others into grounding out. The second inning wasn't as kind as he gave up two runs.

"Obviously, you don't want to give up runs, but it being Spring Training, it is what it is," Sabathia said. "But just being able to command the baseball and let it go, throw it hard, it feels good."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke of Sabathia's leadership in the clubhouse.

"You miss his personality," Girardi said. "There's something about having him and knowing that he's going every fifth day and it's a good feeling in the clubhouse, the way he brings a clubhouse together because of his personality, I think you miss that."


Yankees' Cashman: CC Sabathia is 'vitally important to our rotation'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia is scheduled to make his spring debut on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Sabathia reported no issues with his surgically repaired knee following a simulated game Thursday. He threw 29 pitches in simulated action, which manager Joe Girardi called a "success."

General manager Brian Cahsman said Sabathia "is vitally important to our rotation" this season and believes that he's ready for game action.

"We think he's ready to go, or we wouldn't be putting him in a game," Cashman said. "But I can't dismiss the fact that he's had a number of issues recently, including the knee thing."


Yankees SP CC Sabathia set for spring debut Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reported no issues with his surgically repaired knee following a simulated game Thursday, per the New York Post. He is expected to make his spring debut Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Yankees' CC Sabathia tosses successful simulated game


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015) CC Sabathia threw 29 pitches in a simulated game Thursday, and the Yankees pitcher proclaimed that everything went well, per Newsday

"I'm not hurting. I feel good," Sabathia said. "That's the only way I'm judging myself right now."

Sabathia is coming off a knee injury that limited him to just eight starts in 2014.