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RHP Dellin Betances was once considered among the Yankees' top starting-pitching prospects, but his transformation to the bullpen at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013 may help him make it to the majors faster as a reliever. "It has been a conversation that had been ongoing for about two years, whether he'd be better, because of his delivery, in the 'pen," GM Brian Cashman said. "As a starter, it would come and go, his ability to repeat his delivery. If you kept it short and compact in one-inning stints, this guy would be better served. ... All of a sudden, boom!

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LHP CC Sabathia, coming off a season in which he posted a career worst 4.78 ERA, saw his fastball top out at 88 mph in his first spring start. "My fastball is what it is. If it gets better, it will. If it's not, it won't," Sabathia said. "I can pitch. I'm fine. As long as I'm healthy, I'll be good."

Baseball: Yankees sign Tanaka to seven-year deal

Star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on Thursday vowed to help bring the world championship to the New York Yankees after striking a seven-year Major League Baseball deal worth $155 million with the US club. "I'm relieved that it's done," Tanaka, 25, who went unbeaten last season, told his first news conference since he signed the major leagues' highest contract for an Asian-born player on Wednesday. The right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 earned-run average and 183 strikeouts with only 32 walks in 212 inning for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Eagles.

Baseball: Yankees sign Tanaka to seven-year deal

Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese pitcher who went unbeaten last season, signed a seven-year Major League Baseball deal worth $155 million with the New York Yankees on Wednesday. The 25-year-old right-hander, whose contract is the major leagues' highest for an Asian-born player, went 24-0 with a 1.27 earned-run average and 183 strikeouts with only 32 walks in 212 inning for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Eagles.

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LHP Corey Kluber's team has won each of his four starts since he returned to the rotation on Sept. 7. In that span, he is 3-0 with a 4.05 ERA, with 15 strikeouts and six walks in 20 innings. In three starts (32 innings) vs. Minnesota this year, he is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA and has struck out 28.

Cleveland Indians - PlayerWatch

LHP Corey Kluber's team has won each of his four starts since he returned to the rotation on Sept. 7. In that span, he is 3-0 with a 4.05 ERA, with 15 strikeouts and six walks in 20 innings. In three starts (32 innings) vs. Minnesota this year, he is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA and has struck out 28.

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DH Alex Rodriguez has followed up his go-ahead grand slam on Friday by going 1-for-11 with an RBI groundout in the next three games. He has three hits in his last 37 at-bats and his batting average has dropped eight points to .248 since that home run.

New York Yankees - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH Hiroki Kuroda carried the Yankees' rotation for the first four-plus months of the season, going 11-7 with a 2.33 ERA in 24 starts. But as the Yankees' wild-card race heated up, Kuroda cooled off considerably, putting a dent in New York's October dreams in the process.

Baseball: Yankees lose Sabathia to hamstring injury

New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia will be sidelined for the remainder of the Major League Baseball season and playoffs because of a left hamstring injury, the team announced Monday. Sabathia, a 33-year-old left-hander, suffered a hamstring strain last Friday while throwing seven innings in a 5-1 victory over San Francisco and doctors say it will take about eight weeks to heal.

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RHP Zach McAllister, the only pitcher in the Indians starting rotation currently struggling, took the loss Tuesday, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. McAllister is 7-9 overall, and in his last three starts, he is 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA. LHP Scott Kazmir will start Wednesday afternoon vs. Kansas City. Kazmir is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts against the Royals this year. In 13 career starts vs. Kansas City, he is 4-3, with a 4.91 ERA.
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