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Business as usual for Sabathia’s spring debut

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[2]The Yankees weren’t looking for CC Sabathia to break any new ground this afternoon. They just wanted the same old Sabathia on the mound, healthy and effective through his first two spring training innings.

“Really good,” Joe Girardi said. “Strikes down. Changeup. (We were) pleased. He went out and just did his business, kind of what we expect from CC and get used to.”

Sabathia said it was business as usual with his surgically repaired right knee. He pitched two scoreless innings, then ran afterward, and never had a problem.

“Coming out of the bullpen and being fresh for the first inning, and handling the amount of work and things in between has gotten a lot easier,” he said.

As for his actual work on the mound, Sabathia said he was especially pleased with his fastball command.

“Usually it takes me a while to get it,” he said. “I’m cutting balls and (leaving pitches) up and away, but to have it pretty good this early, I can start working on my other pitches. And I still need to get opposite arm side in to righties, but that will just take a little while.”

Being able to worry about those sort of specifics at this point seems to be a good sign for Sabathia and the Yankees.

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