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CC Sabathia limited the Rays to two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings for a victory on Thursday.

Sabathia did give up his sixth homer of the year, but he allowed fewer than four runs for the first time in four starts. It's helped him keep the Yankees in games that he's walked a total of five batters in 26 innings. He's not going to overpower anyone any longer, so it's imperative that he stay away from the free passes.

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CC Sabathia gave up four runs over seven innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.

Sabathia cruised over the first five innings, but he served up a solo homer to Jonny Gomes and a three-run blast to Grady Sizemore in the sixth. That was enough to put him on the losing side of things. The veteran southpaw struck out a season-high nine batters and walked a pair in the loss. This was an encouraging outing, but the Sabathia of old is unlikely to walk through that door.

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CC Sabathia allowed six runs -- all in the first two innings -- over six innings in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday.

Sabathia allowed only two hits after his rough first two innings, but the damage was already done. The left-hander is learning to pitch with reduced velocity, and his strong spring suggests he may not be done yet. He'll look to get on track Sunday when the Yankees take on the Blue Jays.

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CC Sabathia blanked the Pirates for four innings in the Yankees' 4-2 victory Thursday.

Sabathia appeared to throw more cutters than 87-89 mph fastballs today. He finished the spring having pitched 16 scoreless innings in his last three appearances. Still, we're not particularly optimistic that his recent success will translate when the games begin to count. That said, he is fine to use in mixed leagues with the Astros first on the schedule.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Monday that CC Sabathia will be the club's Opening Day starter.

He'll be followed in the Yankees' season-opening three-game series in Houston by Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova, which means that Masahiro Tanaka will make his major league debut in Toronto. Sabathia dropped a ton of weight this offseason and is looking to rebound from his down 2013. He has lost some velocity on his fastball at age 33 and is trying to reinvent the way he pitches.

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CC Sabathia held the Marlins hitless for five innings as the Yankees won 7-0 in Panama on Sunday.

The Yankees nearly matched the Marlins' no-hitter last night with one of their own; Giancarlo Stanton's single off Preston Claiborne in the seventh was the Fish's lone hit of the game. Sabathia struck out five in the gem. With his velocity still down, we're far from encouraged about his performance this spring. That said, he seems happy with how he's throwing.

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CC Sabathia said Tuesday that he's "light years" ahead of where he was last spring training.

Sabathia was tagged for three runs in three innings versus the Nationals Tuesday, throwing just 37 of 62 pitches for strikes while topping out at 88 mph. After last year's velocity and performance struggles, it's definitely a concern, but the big left-hander insists that he's feeling great physically. Sabathia's velocity might never return to its previous levels, so he could have to reinvent himself to a degree. The fact that he's trying to incorporate a cutter into his repertoire suggests that he knows this.

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CC Sabathia topped out at 88 mph while allowing three runs in three innings Tuesday against the Nationals.

Sabathia may have been working on his cutter at times, but when he did go to the straight fastball, there just wasn't a whole lot on it. He ended up allowing four hits, walking two and striking out three. We suggest avoiding Sabathia in fantasy leagues this year.

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CC Sabathia started and pitched a pair of scoreless innings in the Yankees' 4-0 victory over the Phillies on Saturday.

The slimmed down Sabathia didn't show much velocity in his spring debut, averaging 87-88 mph with his heater. He said afterwards that he felt great and that he's far ahead of where he was last spring. That may be true, but we'd sure like to see his velocity creep up over his next couple of outings.

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CC Sabathia has reported to Yankees camp at 275 pounds, which is 40 pounds less than he weighed two years ago.

Sabathia noted that he feels stronger and hopes it will result in him getting his velocity back. The left-hander is motivated to bounce back after posting a disappointing 4.78 ERA and 175/65 K/BB ratio over 211 innings last season.