Kevin Long hadn't studied Nick Johnson much in the past because, as he said, he was properly worried about his own players.

But this offseason, after the Yankees signed Johnson, Long went to work on video and discovered what he thought might be the problem Johnson was having pulling the ball. Johnson went to Arizona during the winter to work with Long.

“It was striking that his back foot was sliding out and collapsing,” Long said. “I thought that was one of the first areas we’d address. What I felt when I looked at it was he was going [once corrected] to get to the inside pitch.”

Johnson yanked two pitches to left for home runs in today's 12-7 loss to the Pirates.

"We talked about it when I went down there," Johnson said. "Watched some film, seeing how guys who are really good do it. He brought me out, put me up [for a couple days]."

*** While Johnson had a good day, CC Sabathia most assuredly did not in a start very similar to his second start of last spring against the Tigers when he allowed five runs. Tuesday against the Pirates Sabathia gave up five runs and seven hits and seemed, for him anyway, fairly disgusted. 

“It was tough, terrible,” said Sabathia, who allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. “Location was just bad, I’m collapsing on the back side. Everything was up so you just keep working and try to get the ball down.”

It's a mechanical issue Sabathia said he faced last spring -- a problem he, obviously, was able to correct. 

"I always say I only think I need a month [of spring training] but I guess I need the full six weeks," he said.

Sabathia said after his first start against the Phillies that results this time of year don't matter. Tuesday he disputed himself.

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“I always say results don’t matter until you get out there and give up eight runs in two innings to the Pirates so I’ll try to do better the next time,” Sabathia said.

Told it was “only” five runs, Sabathia replied: “should have been eight.”

*** Tomorrow the Yankees are in Lakeland to visit Curtis Granderson's old team, the Tigers and...Johnny Damon. It will also be Round II of Joba/Phil so another interesting day awaits.