Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (9-6, 3.66).
Pitching: RHP Vin Mazzaro (2-6, 4.09).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won six straight and 19 of their last 24. They have a two-game lead on Boston in the American League East. The Red Sox are idle today. Tonight’s game is a makeup of the postponed game in April.
BENEFICIAL BREAK: The Yankees are 6-0 since the All-Star break thanks to a 2.17 ERA. Their pitchers have allowed only 13 earned runs and 44 hits over 54 innings.
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES: The Yankees have outscored the opposition only 23-14 in their six-game win streak. They have played three one-run games and three two-run games.
MIGHTY MO: Mariano Rivera has converted 97 of 101 save chances since April 21, 2007. He has not allowed a run in his last 15 appearances, a span of 14.2 innings. He has given up only four hits while striking out 15 in that stretch. His ERA has dropped from 3.38 to 2.18.
PHIL ‘ER UP: Phil Hughes has an 0.81 ERA in 16 relief appearances. He has not allowed any runs in his last 14 appearances. Hughes has struck out 22 in his last 17.2 innings.
GETTING STRAIGHT A’S: The Yankees are 7-1 against Oakland over the last two seasons, outscoring the Athletics 38-25.
BAD, BAD BRUNEY: Brian Bruney’s last eight appearances: 7 innings, 11 hits, 8 earned runs 8 walks, 6 strikeouts, 3 home runs. Right-handers are hitting .345 against him this season.
SWISHERROR Nick Swisher has committed six errors in right field. Only Justin Upton of Arizona (7) has more at that position.
MELKY’S MISSING: Melky Cabrera is 2 for 20 since the break and 29 of 130 (.223) since June 1 with a .299 OBP and 15 RBI.
HEATING BACK UP: Alex Rodriguez is 6 of 18 with 5 RBI, 4 runs scored, 2 home runs and 2 stolen bases in the last five games. The Yankees are 44-22 since Rodriguez was activated off the disabled list.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Girardi just said Mariano Rivera is not likely available tonight.
Chien-Ming Wang sought a second opinion on his shoulder. They’re waiting on the results.
Girardi also said that Joba’s innings limits are a concern in terms of rotation depth. He still has concerns there. Not “go get Halladay” concerns, but concerns.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Here is Brian Cashman’s pre-game session with reporters. He talked mostly about pitching:
UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Here’s the latest on the weather. It’s pouring and the tarp is on the field. That’s all I can really tell you. No word yet when or if they’ll call it.
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: No improvement for Wang since the other day. He said he is “worried.” Yankees are expected to issue an update before the evening is out.
UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: Still raining. The game will not be starting on time. The skies look a little brighter, I can report that much. But were a long way away from baseball tonight, if we have a game at all.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Obviously we’re in a rain delay. This could be a long one, too, as the Yankees do not want to play a doubleheader. They don’t have a day off coming any time soon, so a DH would require finding a starter. So unless you want Kei Igawa taking the hill …
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Trenton had five pitchers combine on a one-hitter. They were Jason Stephens, Kanekoa Texeira, Wilkins Arias, Grant Duff and Jose Valdez. Trenton beat New Hampshire 4-0.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Yankees just announced they hope to play but do not know when.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: The rain is letting up. Tarp is still down. They’re going to wait this out, seems like.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: They just announced that would make a decision at 9 p.m. Not sure what difference a few minutes makes either way.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Tarp is being pulled up. There will be baseball, looks like. Long night, folks.
9:40 first pitch. Get some Red Bull.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m: First pitch. CC warmed up to Magnificent by Rick Ross and John Legend.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: There goes the perfect game for Sabathia as Garciaparra singles up the middle. … Based on the cheering, fair amount of Vin Mazzaro fans in the house.
UPDATE, 10:16: Inauspicious start for CC. 2-0 Oakland in the second. Meanwhile, two good points via Twitter:
From Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers): The rain delay (2:43) lasted longer than Mark Buehrle’s perfect game (2:03).
From Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner): Mazzro is from New Jersey pitching for Oakland and Sabathia is from Oakland pitching for New York.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Cano breaks up the perfect game with a single to left and Holliday throws him out at second by 10 feet
Somebody needs to explain to Cano that he’s not fast. Meanwhile, Vinny from Jersey has fanned five of the first eight batters he has faced.
UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: Damaso Marte update: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts. 9 pitches, 8 strikes.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Mark Teixeira is wearing out that second deck. 3-0 fastball down the pipe and he crushed it. 3-2 Oakland.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: Yankees are hiding the Wang news. What a stunner. They’re going to “confer” when Dr. James Andrews then “discuss his status” with the media.
Meanwhile, it’s 3-3 as Posada doubles in A-Rod. The good times seem done for Vinny from Jersey.
UPDATE, 11:05 p.m.: It’s astonishing how bad Cano is with RISP.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Hey, Hinske got a hit and it wasn’t a home run. But it was an RBI single and the Yankees lead 4-3.
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: It was fun while it lasted for Vinny from Jersey. Now he’s down 5-3 with two in scoring position and nobody out for A-Rod. This could get out of hand in a hurry.
UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: Good at-bat for Cano there with the bases loaded as he fouled out to the catcher. Odds were that he would ground into a double play.
Yanks got two there, should have been more. 6-3, still very much a game.