Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (3-2, 5.16).
Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano (4-4, 6.10).
TIME/TV: 12:40 p.m., YES/TBS.
GREAT STRETCH: The Yankees have won three straight, four of five and 14 of 17.
ALL ASPECTS: The Yankees have outscored their opposition 106-60 in the last 17 games..
PERFECT: The Yankees have gone 16 straight games without making an error. They can tie the Major League record today. The Red Sox had 17 straight without an error from June 11-30, 2006.
HIT STREAKS: Jeter is at 13 games (23 of 59, .390) and Teixeira is at 12 games (20 of 51, .392). Teixeira has never had a streak of more than 12 games.
PHIL FRANCHISE: Hughes has faced the Indians once in the regular season. He allowed one run over six innings at Progressive Field on Aug 1, 2007. Hughes has allowed three earned runs in his last 13 innings. The Yankees are 4-2 in the six games he has started since being called up on April 28.
HELLO, IDLE: Pavano, believe it or not, has pitched well for the Tribe. He is 5-4 with a 5.50 ERA in 10 starts. After a rocky start, he is 5-1 with a 3.58 ERA in his last six starts. Pavano faced the Yankees on April 19 in the Bronx. He allowed only one run over six innings in a game the Yankees went on to win 7-3.
REALLY? Jose Veras has allowed the first batter he has faced to reach safely 11 of 22 times.
MAKE A MOVE: Shelley Duncan is at .304/.373/.690 for AAA Scranton with 18 homers and 47 RBI in 39 games. Wouldn’t he be more helpful to the Yankees than Angel Berroa, who has four at-bats since April 29?
Much more to come.
UPDATE, 11:39 p.m.: Just a day off for Posada today after the night game. … Cleveland put Grady Sizemore (elbow) on the DL today. They also don’t have Victor Martinez today and maybe tomorrow. He fouled a ball off his knee yesterday.
Andy Pettitte remains the starter for Wednesday assuming his back continues to improve. If CMW doesn’t pitch today, he’ll throw a lengthy bullpen after the game. … Melky could be back tomorrow. He’s swinging right-handed without any issues.
Here’s Joe Girardi’s pre-game press briefing:
UPDATE, 12:43 p.m.: We’re underway in Cleveland on a chilly 56-degree day. Classic matchup of good (Hughes) vs. evil (Pavano) today as the Yankees look to stay hot.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Hughes dealing in the early going. He has fanned four of the seven hitters he has faced.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Trouble here in the third inning as Hughes allows two runs.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m: Hughes has hit five batters in 32 innings. Bases loaded again. He’s up to 53 pitches already. Could we see CMW today?
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: That’s a foolish throw by Swisher. All it did was allow the runners on first and second to move up. Now a single makes it 5-0.
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: The good Hughes returns in the 4th inning. But the Yankees trail 3-0. They need to show some life against the Idle. They wasted that leadoff double by Jeter and it has been all downhill since.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: OK, this is officially a disgrace. Pavano is throwing a three-hit shutout through five innings.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: That was not gritty or gutty as Gardner came in then went back too late to catch a liner off the bat of Cabrera. Bad play. As Hughes gets set to clear 80 pitches, you have to wonder whether we’ll see Wang soon.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Wang warming up. … Meanwhile, Sweeny Murti just called that home run by Tex. Yankees trail 4-2. Jeter was safe on that grounder and had it been called right the score might be 4-3.
UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Wang in to pitch. Guess Pettitte is OK.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Wang 93, 94 with his sinker. Strikes out two on six pitches.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli has a gun. It’s fun to watch him catch. OK, 4-2. They need to get something done against the Idle.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: No break there as Gardner hits rocket into the glove of Garko. Had the ball got into the right-field corner Matsui might have got to second.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: What a travesty. In 13.1 innings against the Idle this season, the Yankees have 11 hits and have scored three runs (at least so far).
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Here’s their chance. Runners on second and third, one out, for Tex and A-Rod.
UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: Tough break, Idle. Nice game for Tex, 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. He’s got to be the AL Player of the Month, no?
UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Big spot for Wang here as the game is tied 4-4. He needs another scoreless inning to give them a chance to take the lead and give it to Mo.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: So you bunt to get to Brett Gardner? Um, OK. Meanwhile, it’s good that Angel Berroa is on the roster and not somebody who can actually pinch hit.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Yanks catch a break as the speedy Gardner legs out a hit. Now Posada gets a chance.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: This is a second-guess, but why not send Gardner to stay out of the GIDP? Anyway, Phil Coke is in. I’ll be surprised if we get to extra innings.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Walking the No. 9 hitter in Cleveland’s lineup today is not exactly what you’re looking for out of Phil Coke. Matter of time here.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Why not let Wang keep going? He had thrown three shutout innings?
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: David Robertson in with a runner on second. Meanwhile, those who loved to rip Torre used to crush him for not using Rivera in a tie game on the road. But Girardi doesn’t do it either. I personally think you should save the closer until there’s a lead.
UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Tough way to lose. But Coke was not the answer there and they missed too many offensive opportunities. But they did tie the record for most consecutive games without an error.
Back later with reaction from the clubhouse.