Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.67).
Pitching: RHP Chris Volstad (4-7, 4.75).
TIME/TV: 5:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have lost three of four and six of their last 10. They are three games out of first place and 5-6 in interleague games this season. They have split the first two games of this series against the Marlins.
CC CRUISING: Sabathia is 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA in his last eight starts. He is 13-6 with a 2.72 ERA in 32 interleague starts in his career. This will be his first career appearance against the Marlins.
GUESS WHO’S BACK: Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup after resting for two days because of what the team said was fatigue. He pinch hit last night and drew a walk. Rodriguez is 0 for his last 15, 2 of his last 21, 4 of his last 39 and 8 of his last 55.
THAT’S NO BULL: Yankees relievers have allowed one earned runs in their last 18 innings while striking out 20.
GIDPs PILE UP: The Yankees have grounded into six double plays in the last two games and eight in the last four games.
GUNNING THEM DOWN: Jorge Posada had thrown out 12 of 36 base stealers (.333). Francisco Cervelli is at 6 of 16 (.375) and Jose Molina is 2 of 15 (.133).
THE MELKMAN MISSING: Since he ran into that wall in Texas a bruised his shoulder on May 26, Melky Cabrera is 11 of 58 (.190) with 11 strikeouts over 18 games. But five of those hits are for extra bases and he has eight RBI.
STOP, THIEF: Brett Gardner has stolen 15 bases, the most among rookies in the majors. He is 28 of 31 on SB attempts in his career.
HURRY UP: The Yankees have played each of their last five games under three hours.
PHIL FRANCHISE: Phil Hughes has appeared in five games in relief. His line: 8.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and 12 strikeouts. My theory is that good starting pitchers often make good relief pitchers. Because they, you know, pitch well.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: A.J. Burnett had a day knocked off his suspension. A five-game suspension starts today. He’ll start Saturday against the Mets.
UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: Damon out with a sore right calf. He’s day to day. … The latest A-Rod plan is to give him one day off a week whether he likes it or not.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Former Yankee Jim Leyritz is at the game and pressed himself up against the chain separating the fans from the field near the Yankees dugout so he could call out to players. Leyritz, who is facing a trial for killing a woman while drunk driving, was not granted a pass by the Marlins.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Well, this is a disaster as Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan have come to the mound and taken CC Sabathia back to the dugout with them.
No word on what his problem is. Alfredo Aceves pitching.
UPDATE, 5:54 p.m.: It is the shortest stint for CC since June 26, 2004 when he lasted one inning against the Rockies because of a sore shoulder.
UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Because Derek Jeter was able to leg out an infield hit on a sore ankle with two outs, the Yankees have scored a run and have a chance for more.
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: And a rested and rejuvenated A-Rod delivers a two-run single. That snaps an 0-for-16 streak.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: CC has tightness in his left biceps. No tests scheduled and he’s day to day.
UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: The Yankees are very good at telling you something but not telling you anything. It could be something simple like he couldn’t get loose (on a 95-degree day? seems doubtful) or it could be biceps tendinitis.
We’ll find out more later, presumably.
UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: I have to say, I’m disappointed not to have seen CC hit.
Meanwhile, as Alfredo Aceves does his thing, it was our pal Jorge from Mexico who told us about Ace for the first time last year. Jorge was right, the man knows how to pitch.
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Tomko follows Aceves. Yes, Phil Hughes is now part of the bridge to Mo. Girardi said today they still consider him a starter long terms but they love the work he has done in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Tomko gives up another homer and the Yankees trail 4-3. Aceves had thrown 43 pitches, which was probably the limit of his effectiveness.
Going 2-4 against the Nationals and Marlins is not what the Yankees were figuring. A loss today would leave the Yankees 4-8 in their last 12.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: TV clown Roy Firestone sang God Bless America and added words at the end. He sang next to a guy in a fish costume. A-Rod shook Firestone’s hand as he came onto the field.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: There is a good example of why having a strong arm doesn’t necessarily make somebody a good outfielder. That was a terrible throw by Melky and could keep the Yankees from coming back as it allowed an extra run.
Meanwhile, there’s a catfight about 20 rows behind the Florida dugout that the entire stadium is watching. The blonde won in a TKO. Usually in Florida you have to pay good money to see that sort of thing.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Now there’s some sort of dispute on the field involving the Florida lineup.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: The delay continues. That National League baseball sure is confusing.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Alex finishes 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. He is 1 for 19, 3 of 25 and 9 of his last 59. His two-run single was not enough, it appears.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: See? That throw by Melky really comes back to haunt them. But Damon has a chance to tie it.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Damon walks, Pena runs for him and now it’s Jeter.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Swings at the first pitch after a walk and grounds into a force.