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In praise of Yankees pitching

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CC Sabathia [2]The Yankees will bring a 27-16 bottom line into Camden Yards for tonight’s opener of the three-game series against the Orioles. They will also bring a staff ERA of 3.53.

Coincidence? We think not. And tonight’s starter thinks not.

“We’ve been pitching great,” CC Sabathia said. “It’s fun to watch. We knew that coming into the year, for us to have a good year, it was going to depend on our pitching. And so far we’ve been pretty good. Hopefully we can keep that up.

“Our bullpen is the strongest point of our team, so we need to keep these guys fresh. The starters need to pitch better and go deeper into games and try to keep the guys fresh.”

Sabathia will take the mound at 4-3 with a 3.19 ERA through nine starts.

Here’s a link to my feature story today on the latest newcomer [3] to this team, Reid Brignac, who was going to start at short yesterday before the game against the Blue Jays got rained out. And here’s a link to my notebook article with an item on the rainout’s impact [4] on the rotation, plus updates on Mark Teixeira, Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli. Chad will be back with you later in the day.

Photo by The Associated Press.