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Girardi on CC's beard: 'He did his job today'

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TAMPA, Fla. -- CC Sabathia proudly showed off his cutter on Tuesday, but some eagle-eyed viewers have commented that he may now need to find a razor.

Joe Girardi said that he did not spot the manicured beard that Sabathia sported while throwing two scoreless innings in New York's 7-6, 10-inning Grapefruit League victory over the Rays, but the Yankees' manager does not believe it was an issue.

TAMPA, Fla. -- CC Sabathia proudly showed off his cutter on Tuesday, but some eagle-eyed viewers have commented that he may now need to find a razor.

Joe Girardi said that he did not spot the manicured beard that Sabathia sported while throwing two scoreless innings in New York's 7-6, 10-inning Grapefruit League victory over the Rays, but the Yankees' manager does not believe it was an issue.

"I don't stare at him that close, I guess," Girardi said. "I don't know what to tell you. The most important thing here is that we win games. He did his job today. If I see it as a problem or someone calls me and says that it's a problem, I'll let him know. I didn't see it as a problem today."

Tweet from @Yankees: We missed that breaking ball. CC���s #NYYSpring debut: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 Ks. pic.twitter.com/NZISYdOJtD

Facial hair below the lip has been a no-no in the Yankees' universe since George M. Steinbrenner's purchase of the club in 1973. Hair has been a talking point in this camp, with outfield prospect Clint Frazier's curly red mop also drawing attention.

Asked if he thought he needed to shave soon, Sabathia replied, "I don't know." He was then asked if he would wait until someone from the club told him to do so.

Video: TB@NYY: Sabathia tosses two scoreless in spring debut

"Yeah, I guess so," Sabathia said.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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