CC Sabathia pleased with himself this time

CC Sabathia delivers a pitch during the first CC Sabathia delivers a pitch during the first inning of a Legend Series exhibition game with the Miami Marlins at the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Arnulfo Franco

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PANAMA CITY - The colorful language was gone, as was the anger. This was a spring training outing CC Sabathia could live with.

The lefthander, who declared "I [stunk] today'' after allowing three runs and four hits in three innings Tuesday in Viera, Fla., followed that up Sunday afternoon by throwing five no-hit innings and striking out five in the Yankees' 7-0 victory over the Marlins in front of 22,022 at Rod Carew Stadium.

"It's good, but as critical as I was last time, I don't want to get too excited about pitching well,'' Sabathia said. "It is still spring training. I'm still working on stuff. I was just frustrated last week, so it's good to put that behind me.''

Sabathia, perfect for 4 2/3 innings before an error by third baseman Zelous Wheeler, was so effective that Joe Girardi had him throw 12 extra pitches in the bullpen after his outing.

"Really good,'' Girardi said. "Effective with his fastball / changeup combination. Did a great job of keeping the ball down, getting swings and misses. I thought his command was really good.''

Sabathia said he and Francisco Cervelli decided before the game to concentrate on the two-seam fastball and changeup. "I felt a lot better,'' he said.

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Sabathia has been working on a cutter but threw only two in the second of two games played to honor Panama native Mariano Rivera.

"I really want to get my pitches that I know I can throw working well going into the season and then still work on the cutter on the sides and playing catch,'' he said before adding that the cutter will be a "work in progress'' into the season.

One night after getting no-hit, the Yankees, who had 15 hits Sunday, nearly turned the tables on Miami. In fact, Derek Jeter blamed coach Willie Randolph for mentioning the possibility of consecutive no-hitters just before Giancarlo Stanton led off the bottom of the seventh against Preston Claiborne with the Marlins' first hit. "That would have been crazy, back-to-back, huh?'' Sabathia said.

Sabathia heard loud cheers before and during the game, as all the Yankees did the last two days. "The fans have been great,'' Jeter said. "I thought it was very electric in the stands. The fans were very energetic. They care a lot about the sport of baseball. I'm happy I had this opportunity to come out here. It's an experience I'll forever remember.''

Girardi said "everything was a plus'' since the team arrived Thursday night.

"It was a wonderful place to play. The people of Panama were tremendous to us, treated us very, very well,'' he said. "All in all, I thought it was a great trip. I would come back.''

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