Yankees place Sabathia on disabled list

First Posted: 5/11/2014

MILWAUKEE — The New York Yankees’ injury-plagued rotation has taken another big hit.

Struggling left-hander CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with inflammation in his right knee.

The move came a day after the left-hander allowed three home runs in a no-decision against the Brewers. Milwaukee won 5-4.

Sabathia is the fourth-highest paid player in baseball with a $24.3 million salary. He is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA, with opponents hitting .301 off him this season.

Until now, all the questions about Sabathia were about his arm and a drop in velocity. Turns out his right leg is a bigger problem right now.

“I’m not going to sit here and kill myself and be negative,” Sabathia said Saturday night after allowing eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

The Yankees will have to find yet another pitcher to plug into the rotation with Sabathia having been scheduled to pitch next on Thursday night against the Mets at Citi Field in the Subway Series.

The once-reliable ace has lost his touch at a time when the Yankees needed him most.

New York is already minus two injured starters in Ivan Nova (season-ending elbow surgery) and Michael Pineda (back). Japanese rookie Masahiro Tanaka has taken over at the top of a rotation that looked formidable just a few weeks ago.

Bluffton’s Kuzara, Muffo named all-region

BLUFFTON — Bluffton juniors Jess Kuzara (Flat Rock, Mich./Huron) and Ariana Muffo (New Athens, Ill) have been named all-region softball.

They are Bluffton’s first all-region selections since Lindsey Miller was named to the second team in 2009. Kuzara is the first Bluffton first team all-region honoree since Sarah Betts and Allison Lange both in 2004.

Muffo was named to the third team.

Kuzara who ranked at or near the top of all offensive categories in the Heartland Conference. Her 58 hits, 41 runs and 39 RBI all topped the HCAC this season. Kuzara came in second with a .426 batting average, three triples and a .484 on-base percentage. Her five home runs ranked third in the conference. She also made her presence known in the Bluffton record books as her 41 runs scored was just one off Mollie Brown’s school-record 42 in 2008.

Muffo’s 39 runs scored was second in the HCAC, behind teammate Kuzara. Bluffton’s leadoff hitter ranked in the top five in the HCAC with 14 doubles, five home runs and 15 walks.

Danica Patrick with strong 7th-place finish

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Danica Patrick added another May moment to cherish.

“Chicks rule, huh?” crew chief Tony Gibson playfully told her at Kansas.

She may not have totally ruled, but she put on a performance that recalled her better ones at the Indianapolis 500. Patrick showed that she can be a serious driver who can craft a complete weekend and contend for a top-five finish.

Patrick was the surprise of Saturday night with her seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway, the best of her Cup career.

“I’ve always believed in myself and with the right situation, a good car, that I can do it,” she said.

She easily had her best weekend of the season, spending most of the race inside the top 10, and brought a needed jolt of electricity in a race during which the lights went out on the backstretch, passing teammate Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to move into third with 95 laps left.

She also passed six-time champion Jimmie Johnson on a late restart, adding him to the collection of heavy hitters left in the rearview mirror.

Patrick hadn’t finished better this season than 14th at Fontana and her lone top-10 in the Cup series was eighth in the 2013 Daytona 500. She won a pole at Kansas in IndyCar in 2005.

Bruins’ Thornton fined for water squirt

NEW YORK — Boston forward Shawn Thornton was fined more than $2,800 for squirting water from the bench at Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban in the final minute of their playoff game.

Thornton’s actions came in a 4-2 victory Saturday night that gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the second-round series. No penalty was assessed on the play.

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