Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (11-7, 3.95).
RED SOX (62-46)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1, 6.05).
TIME/TV: 4:10, FOX.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: It’s pretty good. The Yankees have won five straight, 16 of 31 and 29 of 29. They now have the best record in baseball, just ahead of the Dodgers (67-43) and Angels (64-43). They also lead Boston by 4.5 games in the American League East. The Yankees haven’t been that far out front since Sept. 29, 2006, when they had a 12-game edge.
BUMMED IN BOSTON: The Red Sox have dropped four straight and 12 of their last 19.
HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees have hit 10 home runs in the last four games.
BEAUTY OF A BULLPEN: Yankees relievers last night: 7.1 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.
MAGNIFICENT MO: Mariano Rivera’s last 20 games: 20.1 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 20 strikeouts. Opponents are .130/.167/.159 against him.
MASH UNIT: The Yankees leads the majors with a team OPS of .889 from the seventh inning on.
NEXT UP: Alex Rodiguez is tied with Harmon Killebrew with 573 home runs, good for ninth place in history. Mark McGwire (ahem) is in eighth place with 583.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR MACBOOK, TOO: Buchholz in the four games since he got called up: 19.1 innings, 28 hits, 13 earned runs, 11 walks, 14 strikeouts, 4 home runs. Opponents have hit .337 against him. He has a 7.45 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees. Those came last season.
CC’S TURN: Sabathia is 2-5, 4.07 against Boston in his career. He faced them once this season, losing on June 11. His line that day: 7 6 4 4 2 6.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: (I Got Everything I Need) Almost by The Blues Brothers.
OK, thats it for now. Check back for more later.
UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: Yankees have a 2:30 report time. Most of the guys will take full advantage of that.
UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: I’m at the Ortiz press conference. Somebody else from my paper is covering it, however. Terry Francona off to the side supporting his player.
My general impression? This makes A-Rod look much, much more honorable.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Aceves, Bruney and Coke are not available today. … Posada is getting a day off after catching 15. … Everybody else, so far, is fine.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Chad Jennings reports that Josh Towers is on his way to New York. Mark Melancon optioned to Scranton. Guess they wanted some innings available.
Damaso Marte moved to 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster. He’s already eligible to come off, so a paperwork move.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: We’re underway in the Bronx. 77 degrees at first pitch, another nice day.
Lots of newspaper work to do today, so updates might be a bit scare. I’m sure Fox will handle things well.
UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: Well, there is this: Boston now has six runs in 25 innings in this series, two in the last 20 and none in the last 16.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Don’t get all excited, that was a curveball.
UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: Carsten Charles has faced 12 batters and set them all down with four strikeouts. Both teams look tired, which is to be expected.
Boston is now scoreless over 19 innings and has two runs in the last 23.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Nice at-bat by Ortiz. The ball looked like a strke at first, but replays showed it sort of bent around the inside corner.
Too early to be thinking perfecto or no-no. It’s 1-0, worry about the game.
UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Yankees 1 for 9 with RISP in this game and 1 for 20 in the last two nights. They have 2 runs in the last 21 innings.
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury breaks it up. Start stretching, Phil Hughes.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Think maybe Girardi should have somebody warming up?
UPDATE, 6:33 p.m.: CC cleans up his own mess. Yankees 2-0. New thread up.