First pitch: CC to the rescue

May, 20, 2012
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The Yanks, losers of four of five, turn to one of the few constants in their world to right the ship -- CC Sabathia.

Sabathia will take the ball on Sunday afternoon against righty Johnny Cueto in an enticing matchup.

Sabathia is 5-0 with a 3.77 ERA, and Cueto is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA.

While most of the Yankees' starters haven't performed any near where Joe Girardi's expectations are (the inconsistencies of Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda come to mind), Sabathia has been a rock.

He's lost just once in his last 10 decisions. That defeat came in his last start -- last Tuesday in Baltimore.

Based on what Sabathia's done so far against the Reds, he should be able to bounce back with a win on Sunday afternoon.

In 11 career starts against Cincinnati, he's 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA.

Sabathia's also had plenty of success in daytime starts. Since signing with the Yanks in 2009, the big lefty is 21-7 with a 3.08 ERA. He trails Detroit's Justin Verlander (26) and Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (23) in day-time wins over that span.

UP NOW: Matt Ehalt takes a look at the Yanks' failed comeback on Saturday and has an item on Alex Rodriguez's struggles. I wrote about Ivan Nova's frustration following a 12-strikeout performance.

ON DECK: Andrew Marchand and Ehalt will be in the Bronx later this morning to provide the latest news coming out of the Yankees clubhouse.

IN THE HOLE: The Yanks wrap up their three-game series against the Reds on Sunday afternoon as Sabathia faces Cueto.

QUESTION OF THE DAY? We know Sabathia will pitch well. Do the Yankees have enough pitching around Sabathia to contend?

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146