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Mo, CC continue to progress as planned


TAMPA, Fla. -- It was another day of positive outings for Mariano Rivera and CC Sabathia, as the Yankees' closer and ace each completed their morning work at George M. Steinbrenner Field with no issues.

Rivera threw 32 pitches in a live batting-practice session, and Sabathia threw BP to hitters for the first time this spring as the rehabbing hurlers continue to hit their checkpoints in preparation for Opening Day.

"The big thing is going to be game situations. That's it," said Rivera, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last May. "I don't think about it at all. I'm running normal like nothing ever happened."

Sabathia said that his left elbow continues to feel normal after he had surgery in October to remove a bone spur, and he has progressed to throwing all of his pitches off the mound. He said his slider could still use some tweaking.

"It's not as sharp as I want it to be, but I've still got a little bit of time," Sabathia said. "I feel pretty good for this time."

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