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Sabathia calls out Red Sox for bunting on him

12up logo 12up 8/21/2017 Ian Budding

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox © Adam Glanzman/GettyImages New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox It's not surprising that the Red Sox would do anything to get the upper hand on their historically rivaled New York Yankees.

​Pitcher CC Sabathia took note of such possible "scheming" tactics during the test Boston put him through after returning from a knee injury.

​In the Yankees' only win in their weekend series against Boston, where he outdueled probable Cy Young Award winner Chris Sale, the Red Sox lineup wanted to see just how healthy and mobile Sabathia was by making him practice fielding some ground balls right away, otherwise known as exactly what the Yankees didn't do against bloody-ankled Curt Schilling.​

Let the bunts begin.

Two of the first batters in the Boston lineup, Nunez and Benintendi, both tried to lay down bunts to the third base side, where Sabathia finishes his pitches. Both batters failed, as Nunez ultimately struck out after a fouled off bunt attempt and Benintendi was thrown out at first off his bunt.

“To come out and that’s your strategy, that got me going a little bit,” Sabathia said “Literally, two of the hottest hitters in baseball bunting."

​While it's not a crime against baseball to bunt early in the game, Sabathia found it to be insulting to him and his recently healed injury. And it's no surprise that CC, with a little extra motivation, turned up against Boston for the remainder of the game.

Totally understand the strategy. Still grossed out by it.

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