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Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Thursday during his R2C2 podcast, former Yankee CC Sabathia got very heated when talking about the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

"It just sucks that it happened," Sabathia said. "I knew those m-----f------ didn't beat us fair and square. I knew were better than them, man! F---!"

Sabathia would go on to say, "That organization, man, they need to fire everybody. Jeez!"

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CC Sabathia knows exactly what it feels like for a pitcher to sign a massive contract with the Yankees. 

The left-hander did that very thing on December 18, 2008, inking a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Bombers.

Now officially retired, Sabathia knows that the Yankees are likely to pull out all the stops to try to sign Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg.

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Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

CC Sabathia announced his retirement after the ALCS, but he might not be done helping the Yankees.

Sabathia has spoken to fellow California native Gerrit Cole -- the best free agent starting pitcher on the market and a potential Yankees target -- "many times" about what it's like to play for the Yankees.

"If you give that m-----f---er enough money, he's going to want to come here," Sabathia said in a clip from his latest R2C2 podcast. "I am speaking from experience."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Gerrit Cole/Clint Frazier
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In trying to predict what the Yankees might do this off-season, only one question really matters for a team that is loaded in so many areas:

Are they ready to open the vault for the best pitcher in baseball at the moment? 

I believe they are, even if it's partly as a response to public pressure to win another championship. Other than that, it looms as a fairly quiet winter for a team coming off back-to-back 100-win seasons. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, John Harper
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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he examined by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he examined by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

CC Sabathia threw his last pitch at Yankee Stadium in Game 4 of the ALCS, walking off the mound to an ovation after a shoulder injury forced him to head off. However, if that gruesome shoulder injury didn't take place, Sabathia revealed that he would've come back for his 20th MLB season. 

Yes, you read that correctly. But it wouldn't have been as a starter. On the latest episode of Sabathia's "R2C2" Podcast with YES Network's Ryan Ruocco, Sabathia said he liked being in his bullpen role and thought he could certainly work in it next season. 

"Oh, next summer I would've been coming back for sure. 1000 percent," Sabathia said. "If I didn't do that with the shoulder, I would've been coming back."

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the end, the Astros were a little better than the Yankees in all phases, yet with just a few clutch hits from some of their best players, as well as more dominance from the ballyhooed bullpen, the New Yorkers could have prevailed in the ALCS.

It doesn't mean Brian Cashman should overhaul this team by any means. The Astros are looking more and more like a potential dynasty: they're on the verge of winning two championships in three years, and they might well have won it all last year had Jose Altuve and a couple of other key players not been playing through injuries in October.

Mostly the Yankees need to keep knocking on the door, while hoping that Gerrit Cole leaves the Astros as a free agent and Justin Verlander starts looking his age.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, John Harper
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CC Sabathia (Vincent Carchietta)
CC Sabathia (Vincent Carchietta)

It was always known that this was the final MLB season for Yankees LHP CC Sabathia, but he made it official on Monday morning. 

As the Yankees lost Game 6 of the ALCS to the Astros, ending their season, Sabathia is now walking away from the game he has played professionally for the last 19 years. He penned a post on Twitter to say farewell.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT

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Oct 13, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 13, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

The Yankees lost 8-3 to the Astros at home in Thursday's Game 4 of the ALCS, falling down 3-1 in the series. They will try to keep their season alive in Game 5 on Friday at 7:08 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees lost to the Astros 8-3 on Thursday night, and now trail 3-1 in the ALCS. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wasn't his best during Game 4, allowing a three-run homer to George Springer in the third inning. Relief pitcher Chad Green came in for Tanaka in the sixth inning, and gave up a three-run home run to Carlos Correa that made the score 6-1.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka
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For 11 seasons, CC Sabathia was the consummate workhorse for the Yankees. He averaged more than 173 innings pitched over those 11 seasons -- even including 2014, when a right knee injury limited him to just 46 innings on the mound.

That same knee hampered him for the remainder of his career -- including this season, when inflammation sent him to the injured list three separate times. On Thursday, that storied career came to an end, albeit because of a different ailment.

Sabathia was diagnosed with a subluxation of his left shoulder joint, which he suffered while pitching to Aledmys Diaz in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the ALCS. True to form, Sabathia actually threw three more pitches with, in layman's terms, a partially dislocated shoulder before finally succumbing to the pain and taking himself off the mound. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia walked off the mound Thursday night for what was in all likelihood the final time after departing with a left shoulder injury. 

Throughout the night, praise poured in on social media from across the baseball world as former teammates, opponents and managers paid respect to the left-hander, who won 251 games in his MLB career. 

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been diagnosed with a subluxation of the left shoulder joint and has been removed from the ALCS roster, the team announced Friday. 

He will be replaced by Ben Heller, who will be in the bullpen for Game 5 on Friday. Sabathia was injured in Thursday night's Game 4 loss to the Astros.

While teams can replace a player on their series roster due to injury, MLB rules stipulate that that player cannot be added back to the roster for the next series. This, of course, means that even if the Yankees were to mount an ALCS comeback and get to the World Series, Sabathia wouldn't be a part of it. The severity of the 39-year-old's injury likely would have prevented him from pitching any further regardless.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) is walked off the field by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Yankees trailing 6-3 to Houston in the bottom of top of the eighth inning in Game 4 of the ALCS, Aaron Boone called upon CC Sabathia out of the bullpen. 

The left-hander made his second appearance of the series, but after suffering another apparent injury, or perhaps tweaking an already existing one, Sabathia walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium for what could be the final time of his career.

Sabathia allowed Yordan Alvarez to reach on an error, but then forced Carlos Correa to fly out to right. After hitting Robinson Chirinos with a pitch, Sabathia forced another flyout to Aledmys Diaz. Looking to get out of the inning, Sabathia threw a pitch to George Springer and immediately showed signs of injury.

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With one out in the bottom of the third inning, Aaron Boone pulled the plug on James Paxton.

The southpaw's start ended early Sunday after allowing one run -- Carlos Correa's one-out double to left field, scoring Alex Bregman from second base in the bottom of the second inning -- on four hits and three strikeouts to two walks in 2.1 frames, making Boone call on eight different arms out of the bullpen.

Game 2 of the ALCS ultimately ended in the bottom of the 11th inning on Correa's leadoff solo shot off J.A. Happ, who entered midway through the previous frame, but Boone backed the decision to pull Paxton early and pointed to the bullpen's overall production despite the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton
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The Yankees fell 3-2 to the Astros on Saturday in Game 2 of the ALCS, evening the series at 1-1.

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1.) For all the talk about the bullpen edge the Yankees have in this series, Game 2 proved that too much of a good thing can have its consequences.

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Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia
Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia

Both the Yankees and Astros finalized their ALCS rosters on Saturday, and both CC Sabathia and Aaron Hicks will be available for the Bombers as they battle Houston for a World Series berth.

The Yankees, who went with a 12-man pitching staff in the ALDS, have opted for 13 pitchers against the Astros. Rather than have Sabathia replace a different pitcher on the staff, the team left both Tyler Wade and Luke Voit off the ALCS roster. Additionally, David Hale was designated for assignment to make room on the team's 40-man roster for Hicks, who had previously been on the 60-day injured list.


Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Aug 22, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Yankees look to get things started on the right foot in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday at 8:08 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

Yankees notes

Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia are back on the ALCS roster for the Yankees, while Luke Voit and Tyler Wade were left off. ... Hicks is not in the starting lineup, while Sabathia will pitch out of the bullpen during the series. ... The Astros took four of seven games from the Yankees in the 2019 regular season, including a three-game sweep in Houston. ... The Yankees have moved Gleyber Torres up to the third spot in the lineup after having Brett Gardner in that spot for all three games of the ALDS. 

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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) talks to New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) at second base during a pitching change during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) talks to New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) at second base during a pitching change during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For months, it seemed destined to be this way, Astros versus Yankees, a trip to the World Series the prize. There were some tense moments for Houston - well, at least until the first inning of that deciding game against the Rays - but here we are:  

Astro-geddon. Cole-pocalypse. A series of Judge-ian proportions. A Bunch of "Savages" versus Baseball's Best Team.

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Sep 24, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 24, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees are probably healthier than they've been all season and they're coming off a sweep of the Twins in the AL Division Series. But Aaron Boone and the rest of the Yankee brass still face questions heading into the next round.

The big one, of course, is Astros or Rays? We'll find out Thursday night when Tampa Bay and Houston meet in a deciding Game 5.

Once that's decided, they can work in more detail on the others. Here are three roster questions facing the Yankees as they prep for the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which begins Saturday night in either Houston or the Bronx, depending on who wins in Houston Thursday:

Tags: Aaron Hicks, CC Sabathia, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade, Anthony McCarron
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The Yankees hit the field at Yankee Stadium on Thursday to get a workout in before heading into the ALCS. But they don't know exactly who they're going to be facing in that series just yet. 

The Astros and Rays will play their ALDS Game 5 tonight in Houston to determine who moves on and who goes home. And based off who does come away with the victory in that game could go into how manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees create their new 25-man roster for the ALCS. 

"It could factor in a little bit, definitely," Boone told the media on Thursday. "There could be a decision based on the opponent for a spot or two."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia
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The Astros and Rays are still focused on their ALDS series that has now gone to a divisive Game 5 to see who moves on to the Championship Series. 

The Yankees, though, are patiently waiting in the Bronx, prepping for the winner of that Thursday night contest. 

It was a clean sweep of the Twins in their ALDS series, dominating at the plate and on the mound throughout. But even through all the success with the roster manager Aaron Boone put together, he and his coaches are still going back to the drawing board entering their next seven-game series. 

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Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia
Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia

The Astros and Rays are still focused on their ALDS series that has now gone to a decisive Game 5 to see who moves on to the Championship Series. 

The Yankees, though, are patiently waiting in the Bronx, prepping for the winner of that Thursday night contest. 

It was a clean sweep of the Twins in their ALDS series, dominating at the plate and on the mound throughout. But even through all the success with the roster manager Aaron Boone put together, he and his coaches are still going back to the drawing board entering their next seven-game series. 

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May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
May 23, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton (53) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with more than a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.  


October 9, 1:00 PM:

Zack Britton jammed his right ankle on first base during Game 3 against the Twins while making a bang-bang play to record an out. And though he was limping off the mound and into the dugout, it doesn't look like he'll be missing any postseason time. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Britton will be on the Yankees' ALCS roster when Aaron Boone puts it together before Saturday's start to the new series. That's great news to hear considering Britton is the Yanks' best lefty reliever, minus closer Aroldis Chapman, out in the pen. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Thairo Estrada
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Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25), right fielder Aaron Judge (middle), and shortstop Didi Gregorius (right) celebrate defeating the Minnesota Twins in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25), right fielder Aaron Judge (middle), and shortstop Didi Gregorius (right) celebrate defeating the Minnesota Twins in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When to lift your starter?

Analytics-driven game planning calls for managers to remove starting pitchers before they start to struggle. This is a major change from the traditional approach, when you waited for the guy to labor before taking him out.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrate after second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees announced their 25-man roster for the ALDS against the Twins on Friday. They'll carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Wade
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Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 19, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) goes to the dugout between innings at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced on Thursday the team's probable starting pitchers for the first three games of the ALDS

Though CC Sabathia wasn't expected to be one of them, Boone also announced that the left-hander would be left off the series roster entirely.

"It's tough," Sabathia said at Thursday's media availability. "Obviously being here and not being able to participate in the series is rough. But I didn't want to put the team in jeopardy. I didn't want to be selfish, go out there hurt and put the team in a bad spot."

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced his starting rotation for the ALDS series against the Twins, but also made sure to note that CC Sabathia won't be on the roster. 

It will be James Paxton getting the ball in Game 1, followed by Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2 and Luis Severino getting the first road start of the series in Game 3. 

"Difficult decision," Boone told reporters about what went into the rotation configuration. "Frankly, I went back and forth on it daily, sometimes a few times over the course of a day. Really what it came down to -- the reason that was -- is because I feel like all those guys are in a good place. I throw J.A. Happ in that mix, too, I feel like is throwing the ball as well as he has at any point in the season. Felt like it was a good decision and then just trying to hopefully maximize those guys as best we can. 

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Manager Aaron Boone -- along with the rest of the Yankees staff -- still has some decisions to make regarding the ALDS roster. But Boone said on Wednesday that those will come in their final meetings Wedneday night to finalize their best 25-man group in their mind.

Boone, though, has a vision in his mind right now of how his group will shake out. 

"In my head right now, I'm pretty clear about which way we're going to go," he said. "In my mind, it's starting to come together how I pick us lining up our starters, what our roster looks like. Again, it's about us meeting today and kinda finalizing those things. I can certainly envision how it might look and how we might roll it out."

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- The script when you use an opener, as the Yankees did on Wednesday and will likely do at least once in the division series, is supposed to flow like this: The opener blazes through a dominant one or two innings, then a starting pitcher -- the "bulk guy"  -- enters to more favorable matchups down the lineup.

These innovations, pioneered by the brilliant Tampa Bay Rays last season and since imitated by other clubs, have helped teams maximize their pitchers' strengths and steal wins from what would have been back-of-the-rotation slogs. The opener is a fascinating hack of the game, and will only become more widespread.

But what happens when the strategy goes sideways, as it did for the Yanks and Jonathan Loaisiga on Wednesday?

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- From the front office down to manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees have been loath in recent weeks to discuss specifics of their playoff pitching plans.

But with internal discussions intensifying and the regular season drawing to a close, the team is finally beginning to tip its thought process. There's no way to audition pitchers for new roles without showing the public, and the Yanks need to peek at CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ during this two-game series at Tropicana Field.

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The Yankees fell to the Rays, 2-1, in 12 innings on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Jordan Montgomery started as the Yankees' opener, and he pitched well. Over his two innings of work, the lefty allowed three hits, but he didn't give up any runs, while striking out three Rays. The way the Yankees deploy their pitching over their final handful of games will be very interesting to watch as the playoffs approach. On Wednesday, the Bombers had planned to use Chad Green as an opener before turning the ball over to J.A. Happ, but Green pitched out of the bullpen on Tuesday in extras. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, J.A. Happ, Jordan Montgomery
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The Yankees fell to the Rays, 2-1, in 12 innings on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Jordan Montgomery started as the Yankees' opener, and he pitched well. Over his two innings of work, the lefty allowed three hits, but he didn't give up any runs, while striking out three Rays. The way the Yankees deploy their pitching over their final handful of games will be very interesting to watch as the playoffs approach. On Wednesday, the Bombers had planned to use Chad Green as an opener before turning the ball over to J.A. Happ, but Green pitched out of the bullpen on Tuesday in extras. 

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CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

CC Sabathia keeps statistical company with Hall-of-Famers. He has the same WAR as Dazzy Vance, and he's accumulated more than Juan Marichal and Don Drysdale. His ERA-plus is better than that of Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan and Fergie Jenkins, among others.

Sabathia is also one of only 17 pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts -- among the first 16, only Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling aren't honored in Cooperstown. And he's the 14th pitcher in MLB history to have 250 victories and 3,000 strikeouts. From that list, everyone but Clemens is enshrined.

Throw in Sabathia's 2007 AL Cy Young Award, the 2009 ALCS MVP, a ring with the 2009 Yankees, a nifty peak from 2006-12 and a rep as one of the best teammates around, and it's clear Sabathia has a tremendous Cooperstown resume.

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The Yankees honored LHP CC Sabathia prior to Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, which serves as the final regular season home game of his career. 

New York posted a tribute video of some MLB players--including current and former teammates of Sabathia's--that was shown at Yankee Stadium.


Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia visits American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman (not pictured) of the New York Yankees on the mound during the ninth inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Ahead of Sunday's regular season home finale against the Blue Jays, the Yankees will hold a pre-game ceremony for CC Sabathia, who is retiring from baseball after 19 years in the game.

Now that his final start is in the books, Sabathia will be a desginated "bullpen guy" over the remaining games of the season, and into the postseason, leading some to question whether he could return to the Yankees in a similar role next season--but that isn't something he's considering.

"Come back and play? Helllllllllllllllllll no," Sabathia said, as reported by Linsey Adler of the Athletic.

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Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Wednesday night, CC Sabathia walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium for the final time in a regular season game.

The veteran's status for the postseason roster has been up in the air, but on Friday, Aaron Boone may have dropped a hint about how Sabathia could be used in October.

"CC's going to pitch out of the pen, at least a couple of times probably on the road trip," Boone said. "He'll probably pitch once in Texas and hopefully once in Texas. We're still talking through some scenarios and options, but that's one we know for sure."

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Aaron Boone Treated

The Yankees have officially clinched the AL East title on Thursday night, doing so for the first time since 2012. Now the only thing left to play for is home field advantage throughout the postseason, which the Astros and Bombers are currently locked in to with 100 wins apiece.

As the Yankees ride out the rest of the season, the next phase of their journey to the World Series will be putting together the 25-man postseason roster. 

One big advantage GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone possess this year is roster depth, something that has gotten them through all the injuries that have plagued the team throughout the season. Players like Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Cameron Maybin, Mike Tauchman, and others have stepped up when called upon, and that should continue in October. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 22, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (99-54, 9.0 GA in AL East) can once again try to clinch the AL East with a win over the Angels (69-83, 30.5 GB in AL West) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees' magic number for the AL East title remained at one after last night's 3-2 loss to the Angels... They can claim the title with a win or a Rays' loss to the Dogers Thursday night. ... Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the lineup Wednesday night after being reinstated from the 60-day IL. ...went 1-for-3 with one strikeout in the loss ... CC Sabathia pitched for his final time at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night, leaving the mound after throwing for 2.2 innings. ... A win tonight would give the Yankees' their 21st 100-win season in franchise history and their first back-to-back 100 win seasons since doing so three years in a row from 2002-2004. ... The MLB also placed Domingo German on administrative leave under the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Voilence Policy.

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CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia

The past six years of Yankees history have been marked by retiring legends. That continues this October when C.C. Sabathia joins Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez as the next man to forever hang up that pinstripe jersey.

After making his Major League debut in Cleveland in 2001, Sabathia, his once-unstoppable fastball, and large frame have become synonymous with New York. And the lefty just pitched his final regular season start at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, leaving with a tip of his cap to the crowd giving him a nice ovation.

Recording his 3,000th strikeout this season and being a major force behind the Yanks' last World Series-winning season are undoubtedly career highlights, but there's almost too many moments to list from his Hall of Fame-worthy resume.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Robinson Cano
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With two outs in the top of the third inning of Wednesday's game against the Angels, CC Sabathia walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium for possibly the last time.

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Sep 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) doubles against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) doubles against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Clinching the AL East will have to wait, for now, as the Yankees fell to the Angels 3-2 on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) CC Sabathia was pulled from the game with two outs in the top of the third inning, with two runners on. For potentially the final time, he walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium, as fans gave him a standing ovation and his teammates met him at the top of the dugout steps. Sabathia likely will not make the Yankees' postseason roster, meaning he may have pitched his final game in the Bronx after 11 seasons with the Bombers. Sabathia allowed two earned runs in 2.2 innings, striking out four. 

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May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts on his way to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Yankees (99-53, 10.0 GA in AL East) can clinch the AL East with a win over the Angels (68-83, 30.5 GB in AL West) at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees' magic number is down to one, meaning they can clinch the AL East on Wednesday with a win or a Rays' loss to the Dodgers. ... Giancarlo Stanton makes his return to the lineup after being reinstated from the 60-day IL. ... A win tonight would give the Yankees' their 21st 100-win season in franchise history. ... The Yankees also placed Dellin Betances on the 60-day IL with a partial tear of his Achilles.

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Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) reacts after the top of the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees (98-53, 9.0 GA in AL East) begin their final homestand of the regular season against the Angels (68-82, 29.5 GB in AL West) Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery made their season debuts Sunday, but the Yankees fell 6-4 to the Blue Jays and lost the series 2-1. Betances allowed no hits or earned runs and struck out two batter in 0.2 innings pitched, while Montgomery also struck out another two, but allowed three earned runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Aaron Judge hit his 23rd home run of the season in the first inning. The Yankees' magic number remains at 2 with 11 games to play and are close to securing their first division title since 2012.

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Aug 27, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 27, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Yankees (97-51, 10.0 GA in AL East) start a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays (57-90, 39.5 GB in AL East) at 7:07 p.m. at the Rogers Centre.

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The Yankees won both ends of their doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. They won the first game 10-4, thanks to two two-run homers from Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion. In the second game of the day, the Yanks won 6-4 after CC Sabathia and Domingo German both struck out five batters. Encarnacion left the first game with a strained left oblique, while J.A. Happ left with bicep tendinitis. Then in the second game, Gary Sanchez left with left groin tightness, and RHP Tommy Kahnle injured his finger in a dugout incident.

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Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Sep 12, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Yankees got out to an early lead thanks to an Aaron Judge home run in their 6-4 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the team's doubleheader. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's Game 2...

1) CC Sabathia threw 56 pitches in just 3.1 innings during his first start since returning from the IL. The lefty allowed only two earned runs on three hits, ands struck out five batters. Domingo German then came in and struck out five batters on two hits, as he threw 50 pitches in four innings of work.

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The Yankees (96-51, 9.0 GA in AL East) take on the Detroit Tigers (43-101, 45.5 GB in AL Central) at Comerica Park for the second game of a Thursday doubleheader.

Yankees notes

Luke Voit and Edwin Encarnacion both homered for the Yankees in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, a 10-4 Yankees win. ... Encarnacion was pulled from the first game due to a left oblique strain, with the team announcing that he would head back to New York for more tests. ... DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-6 with strikeouts in Game 1. ... The Yankees moved ahead of the Twins for the most home runs hit as a team this season (278).

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After Game 1 of last year's division series loss to Boston, Aaron Boone had some cleaning up to do with his starting pitcher.

J.A. Happ, who had been removed with no outs in the third inning, was in Boone's office, and he was angry. He felt he should have had the chance to turn his performance around and save the bullpen.

But as Happ sat in a chair in the tiny room at Fenway, Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild calmly explained their rationale: They had a strong relief corps, were unwilling to let the game get away from them, and preferred other matchups in that inning. Happ left the office satisfied, and appreciative of the open exchange.

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The Yankees (95-50, 8.0 GA in AL East) took a six-run lead against the Detroit Tigers (43-11, 45.5 GB in AL Central, 40.5 GB in AL Wild Card) on Tuesday, but ultimately fell on the road 12-11. New York looks to rebound on Wednesday with a 6:40 p.m. first pitch from Comerica Park.

Yankees notes

Both Didi Gregorius (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) and Brett Gardner (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI) had two homers on Tuesday, however, Gardner is out of Wednesday's starting lineup as Cameron Maybin starts in center field since a lefty is starting on the mound for the Tigers. Gardner also now has a single-season career-high 23 home runs after his double... Gleyber Torres hit his 36th home run of the season on Tuesday and has 60 in 256 career games, the second-highest total for a Yankee in his first two seasons, trailing Joe DiMaggio's 75 in 1936-37.

 

Tags: Brett Jones, Cameron Maybin, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres
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Aug 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a three run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) hits a three run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of game one of a doubleheader at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have already played their last big series of the season, taking down the Dodgers in LA last weekend, so there won't be much September suspense, at least not in terms of clinching their first AL East title since 2012. 

But their remarkable ability to overcome injuries continues to make this a compelling march to October, and indeed as the intrigue begins to build toward the postseason, there is no shortage of storylines surrounding this team.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, John Harper
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Aug 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (88-48, 10 GA in AL East) host the Oakland Athletics (78-56, 9 GB in AL West, 1 GA in AL Wild Card) in Game 2 of their three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees fell 8-2 on Friday to A's and are now 0-4 head-to-head against Oakland this season. Since 2015, the Yankees have a 12-19 record vs. the A's, their worst record vs. any AL team in that time span. ... The Yankees moved two players to the 10-day IL, putting 3B Gio Urshela (groin) there on Friday, and LHP CC Sabathia (knee) on Saturday morning. ... In a corresponding move, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga was recalled from Triple-A Scranton. ... Luke Voit played in his first game since July 30 on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. ... Aaron Judge was also 2-for-4 on Friday, his third straight multi-hit game. He's hitting .372 in his last 10 games.

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Jul 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out of the game against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jul 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) tips his hat to the crowd as he is taken out of the game against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

Just a day removed from his short outing, the Yankees have put CC Sabathia on the 10-day injured list, the team announced on Saturday. 

Against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, Sabathia left eventual 8-2 loss after three innings because his right knee injury flared up again. He allowed just one hit before being pulled. 

Sabathia was flexing his knee after a pitch in the third and short time later the team announced he was leaving the game. Following the contest, Sabathia commented on his nagging injury.  

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