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Yankees turn to CC the Lionheart

Sabathia, an A-Rod favorite, pitches Sunday against Boston team he has reigned over

Updated: June 2, 2011, 10:20 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- To Alex Rodriguez, No. 52 is No. 1.

When A-Rod talks about CC Sabathia, his eyes grow as large as softballs. His voice rises with excitement as admiration flows, word after positive word.

"As far as in here, he is the greatest teammate you could ever have," Rodriguez said. "He is just a big teddy bear. But out there, he is a lion."

That is the perfect description of Sabathia. He is beloved in the Yankees' clubhouse and feared on the mound. He is ...

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