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 Posted: Sun Apr 10th, 2016 07:46 am
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New York Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia made a jubilant return to the mound Saturday, throwing six-plus innings of three-run ball to pick up the win in an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

It was Sabathia's first start since undergoing rehab for alcohol abuse, and he couldn't wait to celebrate the occasion with those that supported him throughout the process.

"My wife and my mom, they were there every step of the way," Sabathia told's Bryan Hoch following the outing. "Obviously these (teammates) in here were great, but my mom and wife were kind of that rock for me during that tough time. It will be good to see them tonight and go to dinner."

Sabathia beat out righty Ivan Nova for the final spot in the Yankees' rotation this spring, and he earned high praise from his manager following the successful outing.

"I really believe he made the right decision," Joe Girardi said. "His health and his family's well-being obviously takes precedent over this. To be able to come and win the game today six months later, I think it's really important to him.

"We've always had his back. The guys in that room have always had his back. And he gave us a big start today."

The 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner checked himself into an alcohol treatment center last October after recording a 6-10 record with a 4.73 ERA in 29 starts.