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CC pulling for former teammate Sizemore

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TAMPA, Fla. -- They might be rivals now, but they used to be teammates on a team that nearly beat the Red Sox in an epic American League Championship Series back in 2007.

So count Yankees ace CC Sabathia among those rooting for Grady Sizemore in his comeback attempt with Boston.

"He was a guy that was 30/30 or 25/25. He was the best center fielder in the game at the time when I played with him, so seeing him back, hopefully he's healthy, and I think he'll be good," said Sabathia.

Sabathia wasn't stunned to see the many highlights Sizemore produced in Monday's nationally televised game against the Cardinals.

"It's just because he's such a good athlete, it's not really surprising to me," Sabathia said. "He was so much fun to watch when I played with him. He was young and full of so energy and would kind of take over the game. It was just fun to watch.

Sizemore will play a Minor League game on Wednesday and return to Boston's lineup on Thursday night against the Yankees.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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