Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.55).
Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.79).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won seven straight and are 30-15 in their last 45 games. They trail Boston by 2.5 games in the AL East. The Red Sox are idle today.
BRONX BUMMER: The Yankees have won nine of their last 11 games against Seattle. The Mariners have dropped 10 straight in the Bronx, last winning here in 2007.
RELIEVERS ON A ROLL: Check out these stats (IP, H, R ER BB K):
• Mariano Rivera over nine appearances: 9.1 2 1 1 1 12
• Phil Hughes over eight appearances: 13 5 2 2 3 16
• Alfredo Aceves over nine appearances: 12.1 9 1 1 2 8
• Phil Coke over 15 appearances: 13.1 5 1 1 3 15
CC BACK ON THE HILL: Here’s where pitching depth comes into play. The Yankees won the first two games of the series, maybe the sweep will be tough to get. Instead Seattle has to deal with Carsten Charles. He is 6-1, 2.82 in his last 10 games and has a 2.95 career ERA against the Mariners.
JOE GIRARDI IS A GENIUS, I TELL YOU, A GENIUS: The Yankees have scored 49 runs in the 57 innings since he was ejected in Atlanta on June 24.
THE O IN CANO IS FOR RBIs: Robinson Cano has done 11 games without an RBI. His last one came on June 17.
JOHNNY’S MILESTONE: Damon has 198 homers. He is 10 of his last 24 with seven RBI and five extra-base hits.
THE COMEBACK: The Yankees have a 4.44 ERA, 11th in the American League and getting lower all the time. They are second in the AL in strikeouts with 588. Boston has 589. They are also second in opposing BA at .252. Seattle leads at .250.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees are 23-14 at home.
SCOTT BORAS NEVER MENTIONED THIS: Mark Teixeira has gone 61 ABs without a home run. His last blast came on June 12 off Livan Hernandez.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Yankees confirmed signings of Sanchez, Arrendondo and Cabrera.
UPDATE, 6:04 p.m.: Joe Girardi was asked this afternoon why Cano is hitting fifth given his .213 average with RISP and the fact that he hasn’t had an RBI since June 17. Girardi said it was because he hit “two rockets” against the Mets the other day with runners on base.
At any rate, here is the manager:
Not much else going on. Here is the plan for Jose Molina:
Tonight: 5 innings for Scranton.
Friday: 5 innings for Scranton.
Saturday: Day off.
Sunday: 7 innings for Scranton.
Monday: 7 innings for Scranton.
Tuesday: Join Yankees in Minnesota if he feels good.
Back later with more. If you’re interested in voting for the All-Star Game, you have until midnight. Go to MLB.com.
UPDATE, 6:59 p.m.: Jack Nicholson is sitting right behind home plate wearing a white Yankees hat. When they showed him on the scoreboard, he stood up and waved to the crowd and extended his arms. Gotta love Jack.
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: We’re looking at a delay here. The bases are not in and the mound and plate are covered up. The grounds crew is also standing around. We’ll keep you posted.
That they’re playing Billy Joel’s Storm Front Coming also seems like a clue.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: It’s official, game is delayed. Thunderstorms coming.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: This is odd. It hasn’t rained, the tarp never went down and now they’re saying a 7:40 p.m. start. CC is warming up.
Probably some scam to sell more beer.
Meanwhile, the scoreboard keeps showing Disco Stu, who is some old man who dances around wearing sunglasses. Sophisticated entertainment here in the Bronx.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: We’re underway after a 36-minute “it might rain” delay.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Yankees down 2-0. First time they have trailed since June 24.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: 3-0 as CC isn’t fooling anybody to this point. He has already allowed four hits.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Yankees are in business with runners and second and third with no outs for Swisher. Down 3-0, they can get right back in it.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: There you go, 3-2 on two sac flies. Ichiro lost Matsui’s fly ball and his countryman is on first base.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Ichiro is hilarious. Cervelli popped to right and the crowd was hooting after his previous error, trying to get him to make another error. After he caught the ball, Ichiro went to flip it to the crowd and instead held onto it.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Backup catcher Jose Molina was 0 for 2 with an RBI and caught five innings for Triple-A Scranton in his first rehab game. Molina has been out since May 8 with a torn left quad.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Wait a second, I thought Francisco Cervelli was infallible? How has CC allowed six runs on eight hits in four innings?
Once again, just goes to prove that basing opinions on a handful of games is really quite silly in baseball, along with the idea that catcher’s ERA is a worthwhile stat. The pitcher has to execute the pitch and he has the final say on what pitch is thrown. The idea that Posada had somehow lost the ability to call games was just ridiculous.
At any rate, Yankees trail 6-2.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Godzilla goes deep and the Yankees trail 6-4. First one for Matsui since June 14. CC needs a quick inning or two to give the sticks a shot.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Russell Branyan is 1 for 10 in the series with nine strikeouts. He has whiffed seven straight times.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: This can’t be true. Cervelli has one hit in his last 12 at-bats? I thought he had enough energy to light up a small town?
It’s a long, long season folks. I love Cervelli and I think he’ll be a good player down the road. But like Pena, he has developing left to do. He has barely played in AAA. Those who wanted him to be the catcher RIGHT NOW !1!1!!! got a little carried away.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Teixeira should have handled that ball like The Big G. Just pretend he didn’t see it.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: He walked Branyan? Really? See ya, CC.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: The Yankees are down 6-4 and people are mindlessly doing the wave.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Let the record show that Jack Nicholson, who is still here, is too cool to do the wave. Good for Jack.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Aceves is giving them a chance to get back in the game but the Yankees haven’t cashed that so far. What a pickup that guy has been.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: First error in 106 games for Teixeira. Then Branyan goes boom and it’s 8-4. People are fleeing the Stadium. The winning streak appears to be kaput.