Baseball null null null NEW YORK — CC Sabathia was just being CC Sabathia on Monday night.That was the explanation the veteran pitcher provided when asked whether he said something to Josh Reddick after the Houston outfielder slammed his helmet down in disgust after making out to end the sixth inning during the Yankees’ 8-1 win in Game 3. Sabathia appeared unappreciative of the gesture. Prone to NSFW trash talking from time to time, the left-hander shouted a mouthful in what looked to be Reddick’s direction.   “That was just me being me, man,” Sabathia said after the game, amused by the observation. Really, though, Game 3 of the ALCS was about Sabathia being himself — his old self — on the mound. He doesn’t throw in the high 90s anymore and it’s been years since he’s gone the distance, but Monday night was as vintage as it gets for the 37-year-old.With New York down 2-0 in the series and in desperate need of a win at home, Sabathia blanked baseball’s most lethal lineup. He went six strong, allowing three hits while striking out five. He issued four walks, but Sabathia gave the Yankees everything he had, hurling 99 pitches — just short of his se[......]

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Baseball WASHINGTON — I’m here in our nation’s capital to watch baseball, though I’m a bit distracted. My days are, basically, a countdown, only I don’t know when the countdown will end. That’s part of the fun and a big part of the anxiousness.See, I’m going to be a dad. BabyGirl Fagan is on her way. She could arrive this week, or she could say “Hi” closer to her Aug. 12 due date. Baby and mom are doing great, thanks for asking. And, yes, we’ve already taken BabyGirl to a pretty momentous baseball game.  MORE: Three takeaways from Bryce Harper's Home Run Derby winBut Tate and I are both newbies at this parenting thing.  We’ve read books and done as much research as possible; Tate, particularly, has been voracious in her quest for baby knowledge, even though she’s going to be a natural. I figured that while I was in D.C. for the All-Star festivities, I might as well do a little field research, too. There are lots of baseball players who are great fathers. So at the media player availability Monday afternoon before the Home Run Derby, I asked some of those dads whether they had any advice for me, a soon-to-be first-time father. A theme quickly developed. “Sleep now,” Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ said with a grin.Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain just started laughing. “A first time dad? Get your sleep,” he said. “Get lots of sleep before the kid comes.”From Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford: “Get your sleep now.”[......]

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