It's a good thing CC Sabathia has big shoulders.

When the Yankees ace takes the Camden Yards mound tonight, he'll essentially be working without a bullpen after manager Joe Girardi was forced to use six relievers to secure a 5-4 win over the Orioles in 12 innings last night, witnessed by a cold gathering of 24,659.

In addition to using a half-dozen arms from the pen, Rafael Soriano tore the nail on his right middle finger warming up and may not be available tonight.

So with the Yankees looking for a sweep of the Birds to even their record at 3-3 going home, they will ask Sabathia not only for effectiveness but length.