Sabathia Hit, Jays Take Yanks, 4-2

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia gave up two runs and four hits over two innings in his first spring training start, a New York Yankees’ 4-2 loss March 18 to the Toronto Blue Jays.The 34-year-old lefty was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and was done after having surgery in July.“Felt good. No complaints,” Sabathia said. “I was really nervous, more than normal. It was really weird.”After Sabathia had a perfect first inning, Dioner Navarro opened the second with a single just to the left of Alex Rodriguez that many third basemen would have fielded. “I saw it perfectly,” Rodriguez said. “Just a rocket past me.”Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is returning from a one-year drug suspension and is mostly competing for time at DH.Dayan Viciedo and Devon Travis had two-out run-scoring hits in the second off Sabathia.A six-time All-Star and 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, Sabathia made only eight starts last year and finished 3-4 with a career-worst 5.28 ERA. He is 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 seasons.“First step, really positive to me,” New York manager Joe Girardi said.Toronto’s Drew Hutchison allowed two runs and four hits, including Mark Teixeira’s solo homer, in four innings.Hutchison had a small spot near his left elbow that he skinned while attempting a diving catch on Brian McCann’s second-inning foul ball just in front of the third base dugout.“It’s natural instinct,” Hutchison said. “I’m good.”Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched due to a mild right abdominal strain.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli picks MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant in kabaddi team of India cricketers

first_imgIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli said he would pick the likes of MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant if he were to select cricketers for a kabaddi team. Kohli attended the opening match of the Mumbai leg of Pro Kabaddi 2019 on Saturday in Worli.Virat Kohli, replying to a question on India cricketers for a kabaddi team, chose MS Dhoni without any hesitation, saying kabaddi players need a lot of strength and athleticism. Kohli added that he would not be picking himself in the kabaddi team. The India cricket captain named MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and KL Rahul.”It requires a lot of strength and athleticism. So I would say, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav. Umesh is really strong. Rishabh Pant as well. I would say Bumrah because he can really work on a toe-touch. One more… I am not even going to include myself because these guys are stronger and more athletic. The last one would be KL Rahul. That’s my seven,” Virat Kohli told Star Sports.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli named Rahul Chaudhri as his favourite kabaddi player and said the comaradrie between Chaudhri and Ajay Thakur for Team India and Tamil Thalaivas reminds him of himself and MS Dhoni.Rahul Chaudhri has already begun Pro Kabaddi Season 7 on a high for his new team, Tamil Thalaivas. The India international played a key role in their season-opening win over his former side, Telugu Titans on July 21.”Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur. They have a great camaraderie. So I think those two would be a direct copy of me and Mahi [Dhoni],” Kohli added.advertisementWhich of his teammates make it to the skipper’s kabaddi 7?As tough on the mat as he is on the pitch – @imVkohli is a true Pangebaaz as he shows here in this rapid-fire Q&A!Keep watching #VIVOProKabaddi on Star Sports and Hotstar!#IsseToughKuchNahi (@ProKabaddi) July 27, 2019″I have always been impressed with Rahul Chaudhari the most. I think he’s got the personality and the game and the belief to be a top player. He has shown consistency over the years. Rahul is my favourite.”Meanwhile, Kohli, who interacted with the crowd ahead of U Mumba’s home game vs Puneri Paltan on Saturday, heaped rich praise on India kabaddi players for helping the sport get recognition worldwide.”seeing how players from all over the globe come to India to be a part of the PKL shows that the level of the sport has been escalated exponentially. The reason kabaddi has become a world recognised sport is due to the fitness and determination of Indian kabaddi players,” Virat Kohli added.Virat Kohli will be heading to Florida for the T20I series against West Indies. The Indian cricket team will play a 3-match T20I series, 3-match ODI series and 2 Tests against West Indies from August 3.Also Read | Kabaddi a world-recognised sport due to determination of India players: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli to miss pre-departure press conference amid reports of dressing room tensionsAlso See:last_img read more