OAKLAND -- CC Sabathia had a familiar target to throw to again on Thursday, teaming with Francisco Cervelli to comprise the Yankees' battery for the series finale against the Athletics.
While Sabathia and Cervelli are working together for the third straight contest, manager Joe Girardi said that it was due more to the effect of a day game after a night game than their success.
"It's not one guy catching one guy -- it's just kind of the way it's worked out lately," Girardi said. "Being a guy that caught one or two out of five at times in my career, it is easier when you catch the same guy. But we're not looking at it that way."
Of course, it doesn't hurt that Sabathia and Cervelli do seem to click. Sabathia is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in those two starts against the Rays and Rangers, allowing one run on four hits in 13 2/3 innings with two walks and 14 strikeouts.
"He wants to learn," Sabathia said. "He's always asking questions. He wants to go over the first couple of hitters of the inning every inning. I think that helps out a lot. He watches a lot of video and he's pretty sure of himself when he calls a pitch, so that helps."