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Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 7, 2012 at 02:12:21 PM

In the middle of September, in the middle of a Yankees’ post-season dash that was much tenser than they ever expected, there were some doubts about CC Sabathia. The Yankees need Sabathia to be a certainty, but he had lost four straight starts, he had lost velocity on his fastball and there had to be a loss of confidence in Yankeeland.

Sabathia is a proud pitcher, a pitcher who is confident enough to say when he should and could dominate hitters. Across Sabathia’s last three regular season starts, that dominant pitcher returned. He went 2-0 with a gaudy 1.50 earned run average, minimizing the doubts with a rejuvenated fastball, with better location and with an effectiveness that the Yankees were desperate to see again.

“It was vintage CC,” Manager Joe Girardi said.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 7, 2011 at 02:39:18 PM

The precious opportunities kept appearing. Crucial chances for the Yankees, chances for them to overtake the Tigers, win Game 5 of the American League Division Series and prolong their season. But, in futile at-bat after futile at-bat, the Yankees didn’t produce. The powerful Yankees couldn’t smack a timely single Thursday night.

When Jose Valverde pumped a fastball past Alex Rodriguez, the Tigers had a 3-2 win while the Yankees had the ending to their night and the ending to an exasperating postseason. Rodriguez’s last, helpless hack was an attempt to catch up with a 94-mile per hour pitch. That final swing was an ugly and fitting finale to a game that should haunt the Yankees.

“This,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, “will be a game I remember for

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 23, 2011 at 03:01:02 PM

Let’s fast forward to early October. Imagine the Yankees are ahead by one game or behind by one game after the first three contests of a best-of-five Division Series. Who would they want pitching Game 4? CC Sabathia, of course.

That, in brief, is why the Yankees should use a three-man rotation in the first round of the postseason.

After the Yankees start Sabathia in Game 1, he would need to pitch on three days’ rest to start Game 4. Sabathia has done that before and he can do that again. That is what Sabathia is built to do. He is 3-1 with a 1.01 earned run average on three days’ rest in his career. He is durable enough to do it and I guarantee that he’d want to do it, too.

If the Yankees start Sabathia in Games 1 and 4, they can start Ivan Nova in Game 2 and

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 9, 2010 at 12:44:51 PM

Phil Hughes wasn’t supposed to be a pitcher at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California. He was a third baseman, a superb athlete who felt awkward while growing into his changing body as a freshman. Hughes had excruciating pain in his right elbow, the residue of expanding bones, ligaments and joints on a collision course.

Then, in a random summer game before Hughes started his sophomore year, his high school team needed some pitchers. A coach asked Hughes if he could help. Hughes quickly agreed to devour a few innings. A pitching career was born.
“All of a sudden, he started pitching,” said Gary Fishel, one of Hughes’s high school coaches. “All of a sudden, we realized that we had to watch this guy.”

Now the baseball world is watching Hughes.