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CC makes return for Yankees

Click here for Amy Moritz's pregame update from Friday's Bisons-Scranton game.

CLEVELAND -- I'm spending my Friday at Progressive Field, checking out CC Sabathia's return from the disabled list against the woebegone Indians, who have lost eight straight and are 1-17 on their last two road trips.

The Yankees, meanwhile, have seen a 10-game lead in the AL East dwindle to just 2 1/2 over Tampa Bay after getting swept earlier this week in Chicago.

"The concern is how YOU play," Yanks manager Joe Girardi said before the game when asked about the Rays. "If you play well, those things take care of themselves."

The biggest thing the Yankees need is health in their rotation. Sabathia comes back today just as Ivan Nova goes on the disabled list with shoulder soreness.

"Starters are hard to replace and your depth is really tested," Girardi said. " It seems like we get one starter back and we lose another. We have three starters on the DL right now (Nova, Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda) and that's not what you want."

Girardi also addressed the postgame incident Wednesday in Chicago when he shouted down a heckler during his press conference. The incident has gone viral and you can see it below.

Said Giradi: "You can say whatever you want to me but when my wife and kids are there, that's a different story. I wanted to put a stop to it. Sometimes if you ignore it, who knows what's coming after. It's not right. I've said things to security when people are yelling obscenities at players in my dugout when there's kids around."

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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