CC Sabathia describes himself as "not very intense" in the moments before one of his starts. So it was no surprise to hear that the Yankees' ace was lounging on a clubhouse couch Sunday when he was told the game against the Blue Jays was rained out. Sabathia got up and played a brief game of catch to tune up for his start Monday, which will come against the Orioles in Baltimore. It's the Yankees' first visit to Camden Yards since Game 4 of last year's division series. "I went through my whole routine and I have no problem doing it again before (Monday)," Sabathia said. "I'll be ready to go. There's nothing you can do about it (the rain)." Now Sabathia has the chance to start in what perhaps may be a more meaningful series. The Orioles were a playoff team in 2012 and, while some may have predicted a fade by Buck Showalter's O's, they went into Sunday's action in third place in the AL East, 3.5-games behind the first-place Yankees. To get that rotation this time around, the Yankee slightly tweaked their pitching plans after Sabathia's slot. Vidal Nuno, who will take the injured Andy Pettitte's rotation spot, will be skipped so Hughes can start Tuesday with one extra day of rest and Kuroda can do the same Wednesday. Nuno will be available in relief for a few days before he is slotted in, Joe Girardi said, and David Phelps will start Friday when the Yankees open a series in Tampa Bay.
Rain lets Yanks reshuffle deck, deal ace against O's
New York Daily News | May 20