Sabathia, Cervelli becoming a dynamic duo

Sabathia, Cervelli becoming a dynamic duo

NEW YORK -- After nearly calling a no-hitter last Sunday in St. Petersburg, Francisco Cervelli was back behind the plate and teamed again with CC Sabathia on Friday.

Jorge Posada caught all three games of the Yankees' series with the Angels, and, with a day game on Saturday after a night game on Friday, manager Joe Girardi decided it was the best time to give his regular catcher a day off.

"[Posada] got beat up a little last night -- got a foul tip off the mask, foul tip off the foot, which is kind of the usual day for a catcher," Girardi said. "It was more of a 'three days in a row, give him a day, start him the next two.' "

It doesn't hurt that Cervelli and Sabathia worked so well together the last time out. Sabathia pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, leaving only after he allowed his first hit, to Kelly Shoppach in the eighth.

In 11 career games with Cervelli, Sabathia has a 2.43 ERA, and opponents are hitting only .182 off him.

"Since Day 1, he's open with me," said Cervelli. "He never treated me like a rookie. Like [I'm] a veteran catcher, he tells me, 'Do what you have to do. I'll follow.' "-- Tim Britton