Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (7-3, 4.38).
Pitching: LHP Jarrod Washburn (4-5, 3.22).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won six straight and trail Boston by 2.5 games in the American League East. They are 12 games over .500, their high-water mark of the season.
BACK IN TUNE: Alex Rodriguez is 8 of 19 with three homers and 11 RBI during the winning streak. He also has drawn 10 walks.
SLEEPLESS IN THE BRONX: The Mariners have lost nine straight games in the Boogie Down.
CLUTCHY CABRERA: Melky Cabrera has 31 RBI, 12 that have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead in the seventh inning or beyond.
DAMON DYNAMITE: Johnny Damon is 9 of his last 21 with six RBI and four extra-base hits.
TEIXEIRA’S TUMBLE: Mark Teixeira is 13 of his last 59 with no homers and six RBI. He has done 60 at-bats without a homer.
COKE IS IT: Phil Coke’s last 14 appearances: 12.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts.
BUT HE’S STILL THE SECOND-BEST PHIL IN THE PEN: Phil Hughes in relief: 8 games, 13 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 16 strikeouts.
MO THE MAGNIFICENT: Mariano Rivera’s last 8 outings: 8.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned runs, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts.
HE’S A GENIUS: The Yankees have scored 45 runs over 49 runs since Joe Girardi got ejected in Atlanta last Wednesday. They had scored 18 runs in the 67 innings prior to that.
IT’S ALL ABOUT PITCHING: The Yankees have a 2.56 ERA in their last 14 games and opponents are hitting .207.
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UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Ramiro Pena optioned to AAA.
UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Pena will get some time in CF in Scranton. The Yankees want to increase his versatility.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Here is Eric Hinske’s first interview as a Yankee:
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: For some reason it’s not raining and the game may start on time. I didn’t realize that was allowed. Back later on for first pitch.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m. We are underway under a nice blue sky. It was 72 degrees at first pitch.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Jose Molina on his way to Pawtucket, the Paris of Rhode Island. He’ll play for Scranton tomorrow and Friday.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Nice work by Andy there getting out of trouble.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Hey, Johnny Damon hit a home run to right field in Yankee Stadium. You don’t see that very often. … 15 homers this season, 11 at home. He’s at 198 for his career.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: If Tex fields that cleanly, it’s a double play. Instead it’s 1-1. But Pettitte is pitching well.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Pettitte strong d through 5 innings: 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 Ks.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: The umpires will review the tape. But that was a HR based on the replay I saw.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Yep, gone. 2-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Andy will be happy about that, another Yankee Stadium cheapie. 2-2.
Griffey knows what he is doing. He spent most of BP drilling balls that way.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Rest? He don’t need to stinkin rest.
A-Rod at it again with his second homer in as many nights. That’s 13 RBI in the last seven games.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Girardi spent the last two days saying Bruney was his 8th inning guy. So here we are in the 8th inning and it’s … Alfredo Aceves? Curious.
Maybe Mo is not available. We shall see.
Not Bruney or Hughes.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Hughes warming up. Mo must not be available. Wow, save situation for the Franchise. Who would have guessed this in March?
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Why did Hughes even warm up? Mo is in. Very strange.