NEW YORK -- When news circulated in the Yankees' clubhouse Monday that CC Sabathia would be relegated to the 15-day disabled list, several of the starting pitchers took the veteran's absence as a personal charge to step up their efforts.
The Yankees are in a pennant race, the importance of every series is amping up, and with each passing day, the American League East's top spot becomes more competitive between the Yanks and Blue Jays. Returning from the DL, Michael Pineda was one of those who said he understands the importance of his responsibilities. But after a 6-2 loss to the Astros in the series finale Wednesday, Pineda indicated he felt like he didn't do his part.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.