Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sour Cc

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CC Sabathia didn't boost his chances of securing a rotation spot on Friday night at Steinbrenner Field, yielding seven runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings against Baltimore.

Afterward, the veteran lefty said he doesn't worry about not being one of the Yankees' five starters - a product of his strong finish last season and his frontline starter's mentality.

Accustomed to merely tuning up for the season, "I've never been a good spring training pitcher," said Sabathia, who gave up four first- inning runs on an RBI double by Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo's three-run homer to left-center. "It is what it is."

Machado's hard-hit, two-run single ended Sabathia's night.

He gave up six hits and two walks, with one strikeout and blamed the faulty feel of his change-up, a pitch he'll work to correct in two bullpen sessions prior to his next start. …

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