Dellin Betances compiling lots of innings, and strikeouts, too

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Alfredo Aceves of the Yankees delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on May 18, 2014.(Credit: Mike Stobe)

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Dellin Betances continued to log strikeouts yesterday . . . and innings, too.

Two days after striking out six in a row against the Mets, Betances struck out three more hitters in two innings in the Yankees' 7-1 victory over the Pirates on Saturday.

Of the last 41 outs he's recorded, 26 have come via strikeout.

But the two innings gave the 26-year-old righthander 241/3 total for the season, putting him on a pace to throw nearly 100 innings over the course of the season.

The last time a Yankees reliever threw more than 100 innings out was Scott Proctor with 1021/3 innings in 2006.

Manager Joe Girardi said he's keeping a close eye on Betances' workload. He said he tries not to use him on consecutive days because his background as a starter means he's not as used to that as he is throwing multiple innings in one outing.

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Betances, however, doesn't mind the work.

"I've thrown 140 innings as a starter," he said. "I know it's different in the bullpen, but last year I threw more than 80 for sure, so I'm OK with that."


Trainer's room

CC Sabathia, who is on crutches after receiving a cortisone shot and stem cell treatment in his knee, will be re-evaluated early this week.

Girardi said he does not expect Sabathia to be ready to pitch when he's eligible to come off the disabled list in a week.

Michael Pineda, expected to be out until June, will throw a bullpen session Sunday for the first time as part of his rehab from a strained upper-back muscle. Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch because of flusymptons.


Double dipping

Veteran Hiroki Kuroda was given the choice of which game to pitch in Sunday's doubleheader, and he chose the first game. Lefthander Vidal Nuño will go in Game 2.

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Both teams also are allowed to add a 26th man to their roster for the second game, as per Major League Baseball rules.

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