CC Sabathia takes pride in being the unquestioned ace of the Yankees' pitching staff, but his answer was
telling when asked Friday for his thoughts about injured starters Ivan Nova (shoulder) and Andy Pettitte
(ankle) returning to the rotation in games Saturday and Tuesday, respectively. "Hopefully they can help us out, because I haven't been," said Sabathia, who has dropped three straight
decisions for the first time since joining the Yankees in 2009. "Hopefully they can go out and pick me up,
because I haven't been doing that lately." Sabathia insists he's healthy after he spent two stints on the disabled list earlier this summer with
groin and elbow ailments. But the lefty is 0-3 with a 4.67 ERA in his last four starts, including a 6-4
loss Friday night to Tampa Bay. The Yanks are mired in a three-way battle with the Orioles and the Rays for
the AL East crown. "Every game right now is crucial. To go out, against a pitcher like (David) Price, and have a lead a...