Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (12-7, 3.76).
Pitching: LHP Ian Snell (0-0, 6.14).
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won two straight, nine of 10, 20 of 26 and 33 of 44. Wow, that’s pretty good. They start the day with a 5.5-game lead on the Red Sox on the East. My fear of the Rays seems unfounded as they have fallen 10 games back.
ROAD DOGS: The Yankees are 30-25 on the road this season. Only the Angels (32-22) have been better in the American League. Everybody else, in fact, is under .500.
CC IN SEATTLE: Sabathia is 4-1, 2.83 in seven career starts at Safeco Field. Sabathia faced the Mariners on July 2 at home and was pretty bad (5.2 10 6 6 3 8) in an 8-4 loss
THE GUNS OF AUGUST: Sabathia is 30-9, 3.21 in 48 starts in August.
WORKING ON A DREAM: Sabathia pitched what was probably his best game as a Yankee on Saturday when he held the Red Sox scoreless for 7.2 innings and allowed two hits. He walked two and fanned a season-high nine.
JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY: Johnny Damon has nine extra-base hits (five of them homers) in his last nine games.
HE FELL OFF THE CYCLE: Melky Cabrera is 5 of 36 (.139) in nine games since hitting for the cycle in Chicago. His batting average has fallen from .292 to .275. Get well soon, Brett Gardner. The Melkman needs a rest.
PHIL, SCOTTY. SCOTTY, PHIL: Phil Coke has made 55 appearances this season. Only 11 pitchers have made more, two of them in the American League (Craig Breslow and Matt Guerrier).
DONTCHA KNOW: Robinson Cano is 18 of his last 39 (.462) with eight extra-base hits and four RBI. He has eight multi-hit games in his last nine games.
That’s it for now. Back with more later.
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: Just saw Derek Jeter walk through the clubhouse and he wasn’t limping.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Phil Hughes finally cut that mop.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: A-Rod is not available today as his elbow still has swelling. … Posada says he could play but he has a sore finger on each hand. … Jeter grinned and said he was OK. … Girardi plans to start Mitre on Saturday and Gaudin on Sunday but that could change. It’ll depend on how much the bullpen is used.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: It hurts just to write this. But Seattle 3B Adrian Beltre could be done for the season after taking a bad-hop grounder in the groin last night. It caused tearing in one of his testicles along with internal bleeding and he could require surgery. Beltre does not use a cup.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: If you want to catch up on the Mariners, read Geoff Baker’s blog for the Seattle Times. Good stuff.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m: We are underway from beautiful Safeco Field, one of the best places in the league for a game. Glad you’re staying up for baseball. Enjoy it. 62 degrees here. Feinsand forgot his jacket, too.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: CC had that “It’s my day to pitch” swagger in the clubhouse pre-game. The big lefty is usually The Man at this time of the year. We’ll see if he picks up where he left off against the Red Sox.
You know what’s cool about CC? Most starters don’t talk to anybody on the day they pitch and it’s an unwritten rule that the media stays far away pre-game. But CC talks to everybody, writers included. We talked about Tecmo Bowl today and how great Bo Jackson was with that one play he ran.
UPDATE, 10:56 p.m.: Ian Snell is pitching like Ian Snell. Yankees up 3-0 and threatening for more. Jeter just hit a bomb to left center. I guess his foot is OK.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: Hideki Matsui just lined one over the head of Ichiro into the seats in right field. 5-0 Yankees and Ian Snell may need to suck up some innings after the M’s went 14 last night. This has savage thumping written all over it.
Wonder if Matsui ends up here next season?
UPDATE, 11:04 p.m.: I just snapped a photo of Tyler with Mariner Moose. I also have an old shot of Mark with T.C. The Bear and one of Tyler with T.C. When it comes to capturing beat writers and mascots, I’m Ansel Adams.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: Tex squared that ball up and crushed to the gap in right. 6-0 Yankees. Ian Snell looks like he’s terrified to put the ball over the plate.
Now we know why the Yankees wanted nothing to do with trading for him.
UPDATE, 11:42 p.m.: So much for the shutout. Josh Wilson just snuck one inside the foul pole 6-1 Yankees in the fifth. His first homer since Sept. 2, 2007.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: Snell has retired seven straight. Yankees are in “We gave CC the lead, see you tomorrow” mode.
UPDATE, 12:07 a.m.: Snell gone, Yankees up 7-1 and Matsui has another RBI. Godzilla 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI. He’s winning the contest to be the best Japanese player on the field.
UPDATE, 12:14 a.m.: When is Jerry Hairston Jr. Bobblehead Day?
UPDATE, 12:33 a.m.: Matsui showing off at this point. Two homers and five RBI.