CC Sabathia to start first game of Sunday doubleheader

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
AP Photo/Kathy Willens

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will close their series with a doubleheader on Sunday, and due to Saturday’s game going 16 innings, the visitors have made some changes to the lineups. Saturday night the team announced that CC Sabathia will start the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, with Masahiro Tanaka getting the call for game two Sunday night.

The original plan was for right-hander Bryan Mitchell to get the start in the first game. Sabathia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on June 14, not returning to the mound until July 4 against the Blue Jays. Sabathia pitched 2.2 innings in that loss, allowing four runs on three hits, as he dropped to 7-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 78 innings of work.

Seven of Sabathia’s 14 starts this season have gone at least six innings, and given the number of relievers manager Joe Girardi had to call on Saturday it makes sense to go with a starter who can produce a quality start.

Mitchell, who has a 1-1 record with a 5.06 ERA in 16 innings pitched, has made all 12 of his appearances this season out of the bullpen. Mitchell allowed one run on two hits in three innings of work against the Astros on June 30, which is the last time he’s pitched for the Yankees this season and one of three appearances of his that have been longer than 1.1 innings.

Tanaka, who as noted above will get the call in the nightcap, is 7-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 18 starts this season. Nothing changes for Tanaka, as he was originally scheduled to make this start.

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