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Yankees reinstate CC Sabathia from injured list

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Yankees starter CC Sabathia expects to undergo a knee replacement in the future, the pitcher told reporters Saturday. For now, however, the veteran southpaw appears to have made a sufficient recovery from the recurring bone-on-bone arthritis that has compromised his career over the last five years.

Sabathia is expected to slot back into the Yankees’ rotation when they face off against the Red Sox for the series finale on Sunday evening. The 38-year-old is verging on his second full decade in the majors and still going strong: Through his last start on May 22, he boasts a 3-1 record in eight outings with a 3.48 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 7.4 SO/9 through 41 1/3 innings.

There’s no doubt that Sabathia has weathered more than his fair share of ailments over the last few seasons, however, from chronic arthritis to a worrisome artery blockage in his heart. With regard to the former condition, the lefty said that he’ll try to lose weight in order to alleviate some of the pressure on his knee; barring that, surgery may be inevitable if he intends to pitch through the remainder of his one-year contract with the club.

In a corresponding move, rookie reliever Nestor Cortes Jr. has been sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear a roster spot. The 24-year-old pitched to mixed results during his brief time in the big leagues this spring, allowing six runs and five walks and striking out 13 of 50 batters in his first 11 innings.

The Yankees are scheduled to take on the Red Sox at 7:05 PM EDT on Sunday. Opposite Sabathia, Boston will send southpaw David Price to the mound as the team looks to stave off a sweep and climb above .500.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.