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CC Sabathia wants to keep pitching in 2018


CC Sabathia may have made his last regular season start in pinstripes, but he’s not ready to call it quits just yet. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the 37-year-old southpaw intends to pitch in 2018, though the logistics have yet to be worked out. His five year, $142 million contract extension is set to expire this year, and the two sides aren’t expected to seriously discuss his future in the majors until they play out the remainder of the postseason.

Sabathia capped his 2017 run with 5 2/3 shutout innings on Saturday, granting four hits and six strikeouts as he locked down his 14th win of the season against the rival Blue Jays. He’s looking better than he has in five years, bouncing back from a string of losing records, chronic knee pain and 4.00+ ERAs with a 3.69 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 over 148 2/3 innings. That hews close to the career stat line he established over nine seasons with the Yankees, a stretch that encompasses a 120-73 record, four postseason runs and three All-Star appearances.

Whatever the future holds, be it a short deal with the Yankees or back-end rotation duties for another club, Sabathia is enjoying his run in New York. “It’s just been fun to be the old guy and sit back and watch these guys do their thing,” he told reporters following Saturday’s 2-1 win.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

New Era

There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: