CC Sabathia has fit in well with the Yankees. Meanwhile, he had to shake off a rough day against the Tigers.
· The Yankees are off today, one of their two days off this spring. They’re shutting down the operation. That means no side sessions, no open batting cages, etc. Joe Girardi said he thinks his coaches could use the day off, too.
· Meanwhile, I think the clock is ticking in terms of a new infielder being added to the roster. If the season started tomorrow, Cody Ransom and Angel Berroa would be on the roster. Yikes.
The Yankees have trade chips. Juan Miranda could platoon at first base for somebody. Kei Igawa can pitch in the NL West. They have a surplus of fringy pitchers. Somewhere out there is a player who can be had on the relative cheap who is better than Angel Berroa, if not Ransom.
· The “Joba to the pen” crew is at it again. Here is all I ask of them: Prove to me that 200 innings is less than 70 and we can talk. I want my best pitchers trying to get 600 outs, not 210. It is not really complicated. You know who would make a good pinch hitter? Albert Pujols, he’s a really good hitter. But you want him up four times, not once.
Mariano Rivera is certainly one of the best pitchers on the team. He’s also a one-pitch pitcher who can get six outs tops before he tires. He was a starter once and had 5.94 ERA. Joba is better than that.
· The tabloid editor who wrote the web headline “Sabathia already has fat in fire” should be ashamed of himself. It was Sabathia’s second start of spring training, try and understand the sport a little bit. Just a little. It’s no wonder newspapers are dying and people equate the media with used-car salesmen. Headlines like that are embarrassing.
· To the (literally) dozens of people who have e-mailed: I have no idea when single-game seats go on sale. I have to assume it’ll be before April 16. I tried asking twice to no avail. When I find out, I will let you know.
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