TAMPA, Fla. -- New York ace CC Sabathia got a little stronger with each inning in his spring training debut.
After a rough first inning, Sabathia worked four more innings, allowing two runs and eight hits in the Yankees’ 7-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday.
The Marlins scored twice on three hits and a walk in the first against Sabathia, who also was charged with an error on an errant pickoff attempt to first. Rob Brantly had an RBI single during the inning.
"He got better as the day went on, so I was happy," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The left-hander struck out two and walked one in his first game since arthroscopic surgery Oct. 25 to remove a bone spur from his left elbow. Sabathia pitched in several simulated games before making the start Friday.
"Felt pretty good first time out," Sabathia said. "Didn’t have any problems. Changeup was good. Fastball command needs to be a little better."
Sabathia, the expected opening day starter, had two trips to the disabled list last year. A strained left groin kept him out from June 24 to July 17 and an inflamed left elbow sidelined him from Aug. 8-24. The 32-year-old was 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA, his fewest regular-season wins since 2006, and 2-1 in three playoff starts.
"The last few innings, his fastball command was really good," Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said. "His slider was amazing the whole game."
Derek Jeter played shortstop
"Everything is good," Jeter said. "Making steps. No problems. Honestly, it’s like any other spring training. You get more action as you move along."