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Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Friday that CC Sabathia will be the team’s fifth starter in the rotation.”There was a lot of discu sion,” Girardi told reporters, via “Lot of it came down to CC’s September last year. He’s been there so many times.”MORE: Every MLB team’s fatal flaw for2016The 35-year-old Sabathia is scheduled to make his season debut April 9 against the Tigers. Instead of starting the season with Sabathia in the bullpen, Girardi decided to have 29-year-old right-hander Jason Grilli Jersey Ivan Nova start in the pen.”It was really hard and it was not a decision that we were trying to prolong or not try to inform the players,” Girardi said. “It was just a lot of internal discu sion.”The Yankees will sendMasahiro Tanaka to the moundMondayas their opening-day starter against the Astros.Sabathia, the 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner, is entering his 16th MLB season and eighth with the Yankees. He has a career record of214-129 withan ERA of 3.69but went just 6-10 last season with a 4.73ERA. Sabathia was 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA through five Grapefruit League starts (16 1/3 innings) this spring. Nova did not get a decision in six spring training starts, posting a4.13 ERA in 24 innings.”It was not an easy decision, to be honest,” Yankees general manager BrianCashman said, via ESPN. “But ultimately, we decided that CC’s got it for now.’