Sabathia: No OPTION but treatment
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said he had "no other option" than to leave the team for treatment for alcoholism ahead of its loss to Houston in the one-game AL wild-card playoff.
In his first remarks to media since seeking treatment, Sabathia told ABC "it was just the time."
An excerpt from the interview was posted Thursday on ABC's website. The network said the interview will be broadcast today on Good Morning America.
"I know it was a bad time of the season, but there was no other option for me but to get help," Sabathia, 35, said. "And I understand where, you know, fans would be upset and people don't understand, but it's a disease."
COMEBACKS: Mets RHP Matt Harvey was named NL comeback player of the year and Rangers DH Prince Fielder won the AL honor. Returning from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the 2014 season, Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA. Fielder hit .305 with 23 homers and 98 RBIs after playing in only 42 games in 2014 due to a herniated neck disc.
NATIONALS: GM Mike Rizzo said the team negotiated contract terms with Bud Black and Dusty Baker simultaneously before hiring Baker, 66, as manager. In his first remarks on what he called "a unique situation," Rizzo said the decision to pick Baker "did not come down to money; it did not come down to term" but instead was about whom the GM and owners were "most comfortable with."
Royals: The club exercised its $8 million option on closer Wade Davis and a $5.25 million option on SS Alcides Escobar but declined a $3 million option on OF Jonny Gomes.
Kenseth loses appeals, criticizes
His appeals rejected, Matt Kenseth defiantly vowed to race as he always has and accused NASCAR of making an example of him with a two-race suspension for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano on Sunday at Martinsville. Kenseth will miss the next two races. The national motorsports appeals panel denied Kenseth's appeal and a few hours later so did final appeals officer Bryan Moss, who did reduce Kenseth's probation from six months until the end of this year. Kenseth said he was "unfairly made the example" because NASCAR has no clear rule on what the penalties are for intentionally wrecking another driver in an act of retaliation. Kenseth was spun out three races ago by Logano as both raced for the win at Kansas, ruining a chance to advance in NASCAR's championship playoffs. "I am not going to change who I am, I'm not going to change what I stand for, I'm not going to change how I race," Kenseth said.
Isner upsets Federer in Paris
Roger Federer finally cracked under the powerful serve of John Inser, losing 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to the 13th-seeded American in the Paris Masters third round. Isner had 27 aces. "It's tough going out … without losing your serve," the third-seeded Federer said. Top seed Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Andy Murray and No. 7 Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals.