CC Sabathia retold the conversations he had with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi in the final two innings of Sunday night's opening game of the American League Division Series.
"I'm good, let's go," the massive Yankees ace said he told his manager.
Girardi bought the line a couple of times -- even before a five-run Yanks' rally in the ninth -- and Sabathia was allowed to go to the Camden Yards mound again in search of his first career postseason complete game. When Girardi approached the mound after Baltimore's Lew Ford doubled with two outs, Girardi was immune to the plea and closer David Robertson recorded the last out in 7-2 Game 1 victory.
It's a win that not only gives the Yanks an early edge on the road versus the Orioles in a best-of-five series, but Sabathia's longevity in Game 1 also preserves a Yankees bullpen that played its first playoff game without Mariano Rivera (torn ACL) since 1981.
"Any time you can give your bullpen a rest, it helps," Girardi said. "We ha...