Joe Girardi spent close to 10 minutes talking about CC Sabathia's velocity, or lack thereof, before Sunday's series finale against the Tigers at Comerica Park. It's been a popular topic since Sabathia's Opening Day clunker, but after all the chatter, Girardi finally got to the bottom line.
"If you're pitching well," the manager said, "no one cares about velocity."

A few hours later, Sabathia ended that discussion -- or at least put it on hold -- by shutting down the powerful Tigers for seven innings as the Yankees cruised to a 7-0 win. Before we get into the actual gun readings -- long story short, they were nearly identical to last Monday's outing -- maybe it's best to let someone who stood in the box against Sabathia describe what he saw.
"You know what? Usually CC tries to overpower you," said Torii Hunter, whose battles with Sabathia date to their Twins-Indians years. "But today he pitched. He usually tries to throw the fastball by you, but today he used his changeup, he used his slider and mixed in the fastball."
Hunter's 88 plate appearances against Sabathia are the most of any active major-leaguer, so he knows him pretty well. Hunter got the first of four hits, all singles, off Sabathia -- pulling a 91-mph fastball into leftfield in the first inning -- and the Tigers failed to do much with three walks.
Sabathia is not the same pitcher right now. There's no denying that. On Sunday, his average fastball was 90.89 mph with a max speed of 92.47, according to Pitch FX. Those readings were a fraction higher than what he was throwing on Opening Day against the Red Sox -- 90.62 and 92.37, respectively. But he was far more effective, primarily because of what he was able to do with that fastball.