DETROIT — CC Sabathia was grateful to be back on the mound in a regular season game — even if it meant having to pitch in subfreezing temperatures.
"It was nice to be in a stadium with a third deck again," he said. "That's when you know the games count."
Sabathia pitched into the seventh inning for New York, and Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran homered in the cold to lift the Yankees to an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. It was Sabathia's first start in a real game since missing the postseason last year while undergoing alcohol rehabilitation. He pitched for New York during spring training but not very well.
In this one, Sabathia...