07/05/10 8:56 PM ET
Cahill hosts CC in All-Star matchup
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
For Sabathia, it marks the fourth time he's been named an All-Star, while Cahill was selected for the first time. But because both pitchers are also slated to start on Sunday, they would be ineligible to pitch in the Midsummer Classic on July 13 at Angel Stadium.
But Sabathia, who is 10-3 with a 3.33 ERA this season, said he's happy just being named an All-Star, even if he can't pitch in the Midsummer Classic.
"I'm fine just going and being part of the Home Run Derby and everything that goes on," Sabathia said. "It's just one of those things. The regular-season games are more important. That's what we'll focus on."
And Cahill is similarly excited about making the squad despite not being eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game, simply because he started the season on the disabled list and shook off a slow start to post impressive statistics -- an 8-2 record and a 2.74 ERA -- through 13 starts.
"At the beginning of the year, I never even dreamed I'd be in this situation right now," Cahill said. "I think it's just a little extra edge, having been hurt and then being sent down, so it's just a great feeling."
Several other position-player All-Stars will be on display on Tuesday, as the Yankees infielders Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano were named starters, while third baseman Alex Rodriguez was named a reserve.
But Cahill is the A's lone representative -- a deserving one, according to his manager, Bob Geren.
"I'm real happy for him," said Geren, who was appointed by Yankees manager Joe Girardi to the AL's coaching staff last month. "I was hoping we'd get more than one, but if you had to pick just one, what he's done in the last month or six weeks, he's definitely worthy of being honored as an All-Star. He's been as good as any pitcher in the American League, so he deserves to be on the team with the best in the league."
Yankees: Posada held out
Sidelined with a sprained left ring finger after being clipped on his glove hand by a foul tip on Sunday, catcher Jorge Posada was available only in case of an emergency for the Yankees during Monday's 3-1 win and will be evaluated further. "I think we'll know in the next 24 or 48 hours if we need to do something, if he can physically play through this or we need to possibly add a third catcher," Girardi said.
A's: Roster dominoes fall
The A's shook up their roster on Monday, when outfielder Conor Jackson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and right-hander Clay Mortensen was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The club called up outfielders Matt Carson and Matt Watson from Triple-A to fill the spots on the 25-man roster.
Yankees right-hander Sergio Mitre was scheduled to pitch an inning on Monday for Class A Advanced Tampa, but rain canceled the outing. Mitre has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a strained left oblique. ... Yankees right-hander Javier Vazquez made his 400th career start on Monday, making the Yankees the only team with two active pitchers to have made 400 or more starts. Vazquez joined Andy Pettitte, who has made 474 career starts. ... A's left-hander Brett Anderson threw 20 pitches on Sunday -- all fastballs and changeups -- in a simulated game in Arizona. Geren said that Anderson, who hasn't pitched in a game since June 3 due to left elbow inflammation, reported no setbacks and that the A's are still hoping he will return shortly after the All-Star break.
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