Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner CF
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.42).
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Grady Sizemore DH
Victor Martinez C
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Mark DeRosa LF
Ryan Garko 1B
Ben Francisco CF
Jamey Carroll 2B
Pitching: RHP Fausto Carmona (2-4, 6.42).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. YES.
ON A ROLL: The Yankees have won two straight, three of four and 13 of 16.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Yankees are 14-11 on the road, the best mark in the American League.
STREAKS: Derek Jeter has hit safely in 12 straight and Mark Teixeira in 11 straight.
KEEP IT CLEAN: The Yankees have not made an error in 15 consecutive games. That ties several teams for the second-longest streak in Major League history. The record is 17 games by the Red Sox from June 11-30, 2006. This from the Elias Sports Bureau.
LEADING MAN: This from the Yankees notes: Jeter has led off the Yankees’ half of the first with a hit in each of the team’s last five games. He has hit safely while leading off the first inning in seven of his last eight games with five singles and two doubles. Jeter has reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in nine of his last 13 such plate appearances, going 8 for 12 (.750) with one walk.
NO COINCIDENCE: The Yankees are 15-5 with Alex Rodriguez in the lineup.
ONE STREAK ENDS: When Robinson Cano struck out in the first inning last night it ended a streak of 54 consecutive plate appearances without a K.
IT’S ALL ABOUT PITCHING: How the Yankees have pitched in the last 16 games: 148 innings, 132 hits, 54 earned runs, 64 walks, 115 strikeouts. That’s a 3.28 ERA.
CC GETS IT DONE: The big lefty is 3-0, 1.74 in his last four starts. He lost to Cleveland on April 16, giving up only one run over 5.2 innings but throwing 122 pitches. This will be his first game at Progressive Field as an opponent.
JETER ALWAYS SCORES: And he’s a very good baseball player. The Captain needs three runs to become one of four active players with 1,500. The others are Ken Griffey Jr. (1,626), Alex Rodriguez (1,616) and Gary Sheffield (1,497).
The only Yankees with 1,500 runs scored are guys named Ruth (1,959), Gehrig (1,888) and Mantle (1,677).
CLEVELAND ROCKS, JUST NOT AGAINST THE YANKEES: The Yankees have won 12 of their last 18 games against the Tribe.
MINOR MATTERS: Kei Igawa (5-1, 3.39) won again last night. He still would have to buy a ticket to get into Yankee Stadium. Good thing he didn’t cost $46 million. … Austin Jackson was 0 for 4 last night but is still rocking to a .348/.426/.439 tune. He has yet to hit a home run but has stolen nine bases in as many attempts. … Wilikin De La Rosa won for Trenton last night and dropped his ERA to 3.95. He has struck out 26 in 27.1 innings. … Pat Venditte did it again last night for Charleston, picking up his 14th save. His line this season: 21 innings, 16 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 32 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .208 against him. It’ll be very interesting to see whether his stuff translates to a higher level. He turns 24 in a month, so if they’re going to challenge him it could be soon.
Back with much more later on.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: A few medical updates:
• Andy Pettitte felt much better and in fact rode a bike and played catch. He said he’ll be ready for his next start.
• Melky Cabrera is taking swings and on track for Monday.
• Jose Molina caught three innings in Florida. They’re off tomorrow. He’ll probably play in Florida on Monday and Tuesday then he close to activation.
• Xavier Nady played in Florida as well.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m: There has barely been a reaction to CC Sabathia here at Progressive Field. If anything, it has been cheers from the many Yankee fans in the stands.
Beautiful night at the ballpark and there’s a nice crowd on hand. The Yankees are a full game ahead in first as Boston lost to Toronto.
I have some newspaper work to do, but I’ll check in from time to time. Betcha CC throws a gem.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Martinez just fouled a ball off his knee and hasn’t gotten up. How can he keep catching?
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: After a lengthy delay, Martinez is staying in the game.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: That was bizarre. They let Martinez stay in the game he grounded to second. He barely hobbled 20 feet. Now he’s out and Kelly Shoppach is catching.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Posada goes deep to right field and the Yankees lead 1-0. When I covered the Mets the topic of conversation was often about Mike Piazza’s catching abilities or lack thereof. I remember one Mets coaching telling me, “You know how he helps the catcher? By hitting a lot of bleeping home runs. That’s how.”
The same is true of Posada. He’s a great catcher because he’s twice the hitter of any other catcher.
Now Swisher crushes one to center. 2-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: I have a hunch that those two runs are all Mr. Sabathia will need tonight.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Yankees pouring it on here against the once-resolute Fausto Carmona. Three runs in and two outs and two on. Yankees lead 5-0. Big edge for CC.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: That heads-up play by Jeter helped the Yankees score a few more as they go up 7-0 on Cano’s two-run single.
Meanwhile, A-Rod still isn’t running very well. He was sort of coasting from first to third and got thrown out easily. You can tell in the field and on the base paths that his hip is still bothering him to some degree, which is what you would expect give that he had surgery.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Carsten Charles is cruising along. 4 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. 48 pitches, 33 strikes. The Indians haven’t had anything that even has come close to a hit.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: A flock of seagulls (actual birds, not the cheesy band) has settled into right field.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Sabathia deflected that ball or it might have been an out. So much for the no hitter. The Yankees will have to settle for winning for the 14th time in 17 games.
UDATE, 9:13 p.m.: The Goodyear blimp is overhead for some reason. Its sort of like that scene in Scarface.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Ohio native Jason Zillo, the Yankees media relations director, is keeping a close eye on the Cavs-Magic game. Game 7 would be here on Monday. But there are no plans to switch the Yankees-Indians to a day game as the game is on ESPN.
If the LeBrons are playing to go to the Finals, there might be 5,000 fans here. But they need to win tonight first.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: CC is over 100 pitches here in the seventh and appears to be laboring. But no action in the Yankee pen. Looks like he’ll go seven and then turn it over.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Yankees pouring on the offense against Tomo Ohka. They’ve been pretty relentless lately. It’s 10-3 and the roll continues.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Boy, Veras is brutal. He has allowed the first batter to reach 11 times in 22 appearances.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: The Yankees are playing great baseball. But this team would be even better without Veras and Berroa, who have no use at this point. They need a better arm than Veras (which would be anybody) and a position player who can pinch hit. Somebody like Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez.