CC Sabathia and the Yankees make good news with video and other Yankee notes for April 19

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When 10 year old Cassidy Slater from Scranton, PA posted a two and a half minute video on Facebook detailing the bullying she experienced at school, she might not have imagined that 25 men in pinstripes and their manager would respond with such strong, compassionate support for her.

The Yankees responded with a video clip of their own addressed to Cassidy with each man on the roster holding up words of support that clearly showed her they “have her back.” At the end of the video, manager Aaron Boone suggests an invite to the stadium.

There’s rumblings around the Yankees’ clubhouse that Giancarlo Stanton should be moved down in the lineup tonight. Brendan Kuty reports what Aaron Boone had to say about moving Stanton:

“I might flirt with splitting different guys up (in the lineup) and stuff,” Boone said, “but not moving him down too far because he’s one at-bat away from getting it locked back in but the last thing you want is him down in the order, getting pitched around.”

It will be interesting to see when Boone posts the lineup today if he makes a change and perhaps drops Stanton to fifth or sixth from the number three spot.

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The Yankees re-acquired first baseman Adam Lind, 34, who had been released at his own request during spring training.

Lind, who hit .301 with 14 homers for the Nationals last year, was signed as insurance at first base, and perhaps, to man the bag while Tyler Austin serves his five-game suspension beginning on Thursday. Neil Walker, who has shared duties at first base with Greg Bird on the disabled list, has had a slow start to the season batting only .173.

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When the 8-8 Yankees take on the 12-5 Toronto Blue Jays tonight, CC Sabathia returns to the mound against RHP Aaron Sanchez. Sabathia last pitched on April 6 against the Orioles and was removed from the game with hip soreness.

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In 2017, Sabathia was 2-2 with one no-decision against the Blue Jays with a 4.22 ERA. Yankee fans are hoping he returns with a strong performance tonight at home against the Jays.