Swisher LF Damon LF
Teixeira 1B Swisher 1B
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia.
Pitching: LHP Horacio Ramirez.
WILL THE REAL CC SABATHIA PLEASE STAND UP, PLEASE STAND UP: Sabathia was, well, dreadful in his first start as he allowed six runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings against Baltimore on Monday. He walked five without a strikeout.
Sabathia and pitching coach Dave Eiland worked on a mechanical flaw when he threw in the bullpen on Friday. Sabathia’s footwork, specifically how quickly he landed on his front foot, was to blame. He was taking too long a stride and it threw off his mechanics. Watch his fastball command in the first inning or two. If he has that, it’ll be a good night.
OLD BUDDIES: CC is 14-10, 3.40 vs. Kansas City over 31 starts, the most he had made against any team.
THAT’S A RELIEF: The bullpen in the last three games: 10 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 3 walks, 12 strikeouts.
YER OUT!: Yankee pitchers have struck out 22 in the last two games.
DON’T YOU KNOW: Robinson Cano is 8 of 14 with six runs, two extra-base hits, four walks and a stolen base. He is 45 of 129 (.349) against Kansas City in his career, his best mark against any team. He also has a 15-game hitting streak and is 4 for 6 against Ramirez in his career.
LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD: The Yankees are the only team in the major without an error this season. Of course they should have been charged with two yesterday.
WHAT DO YOU GET A MAN WHO WILL MAKE $180 MILLION?: Mark Teixeira turns 29 today.
CATCH AS CATCH CAN: Jorge Posada has caught at least one game for 15 straight years. The last man to accomplish that with the same was Johnny Bench with the Reds from 1967-83. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for that one.
THE DISH ON SWISH: When Nick Swisher drove in five runs against Baltimore on Thursday, he was the first Yankee to drive in four or more runs in his first start with the team since Roger Maris drove in four runs on April 19, 1960. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for this one, too.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Reggie Jackson is in town. He told a funny story about Austin Jackson sending him a text message last night as he was watching Game 6 in 1977 on ESPN Classic. Mr. October, of course, was thrilled. “I told him, ‘I told you I was bad.,’ ” he said.
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Nice nights for some minor-league pitchers yesterday:
Ian Kennedy: 6 4 1 1 0 11
Zach McAllister: 5 4 3 1 2 2
Dellin Betances: 6 3 1 1 2 7
D.J. Mitchell: 6 1 1 0 0 6
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Mark Teixeira (sore left wrist) was scratched. Swisher will play first and Johnny Damon left field.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: Just spoke to Teixeira outside the clubhouse. He said his left-handed swing is fine but that his wrist bothers him when he swings right-handed. He’s going to get checked out by one of the Royals doctors shortly.
When batting right-handed, his left-hand would be his bottom hand, which generates the power. When he hits lefty, his left hand is more of a guide.
Tex didn’t seem to think it was a major issue.
Here’s the audio of the interview:
UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: Here’s Joe Girardi’s pre-game interview. He talks mainly about CC and his adjustment he made. This was prior to Tex being scratched.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: We’re underway. It’s 54 degrees in Kansas City. Enjoy the game. I have some newspaper work to do but we’ll update here from time to time.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m: CC is filthy. K’d Crisp on a 96-mph heater and just hit 97 against DeJesus. It would appear the adjustment has been made. 11 pitches / 7 strikes / Seven were 95 or better.
It’s going to be a long night for the Royals. Those two runs might be all the Yankees need.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Nick Swisher, once again, is the man. His little bloop became an RBI triple. Then Posada doubles again and it’s a 4-0 lead for CC.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Nick Swisher would appear to be the greatest Yankee ever. His two-run bomb into the Yankee bullpen made it 6-0.
Swish had nine RBI and two HRs in five games.
He has a triple and a HR. Can he get the cycle?
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Sabathia’s line so far: 6 5 0 0 0 5 along with two HBP. He’s at 87 pitches and there is nobody warming up, so I assume he’s going back out there.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Swisher has 15 plate appearances and has been on base 10 times. He also has five extra-base hits.
If Tex is back tomorrow against the right-handed Gil Meche, maybe Swish plays left and Damon sits. How can you sit Nick down at this point?
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: CC is back on the mound despite having thrown 98 pitches. It’s also 6-0. Save a few bullets, no?
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Two outs and CC is done. 7.2 6 0 0 0 6. Jose Veras in to face Butler.