Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (9-6, 4.14).
Griffey Jr, DH
Pitching: LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-1, 3.86).
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The beat(ing) goes on. The Yankees have won three straight, 10 of 11, 21 of 27 and 34 of 45. They are on a pace to win 101 games.
SCORELESS IN SEATTLE: The Mariners have scored three runs in their last 32 innings.
ANDY’S DANDY: Andy Pettitte has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break. He has a 1.87 ERA and opponents are hitting .210 against him. His line:
7 earned runs
1 home run.
But he is only 1-1 in those five games.
PETTITTE PLATEAUS: Tonight will be Andy’s 450th career start. He is 224-133. He would become the 67th pitcher in history to win 225 games. Only two active pitchers have done it: Randy Johnson (303) and Jamie Moyer (256).
AND YOUR COFFEE STINKS, TOO: Pettitte is 1-5, 4.26 at Safeco Field in his career. He is 10-11, 4.58 against Seattle in his career. He has a losing record against only one other AL team, the Indians. However Pettitte did beat the Mariners on July 1 at the Stadium, allowing two runs over seven innings.
JOHNNY ROCKETS: Johnny Damon’s last 10 games: 17 of 43, 11 runs, 8 RBI, 11 extra-base hits, 5 strikeouts. That’s .395/.422/.884. He’s up to .289.
CANO’S STREAK: Robinson Cano has hit safely in 11 straight games at 21 of 49. He’s up to .318. He has eight extra-base hits in his streak.
THAT’S COLD: Melky Cabrera is 5 of 40 and Eric Hinske 1 of 13.
BACK ON TRACK: The team ERA of 4.29 is the lowest it has been all season. The Yankees are third in WHIP and second in K/9 in the AL.
CRUSHING KIDS: The Yankees have homered in 91 of their 115 games.
BRUNEY BATTLES BACK: Brian Bruney, the pride of Astoria, Ore., has not allowed a run in his last four innings. He has a lot of his family and friends at this series.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Joba starts Sunday. He won’t pitch again until the Texas series back home.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: A-Rod out of the lineup. Back spasms.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: OK, Alex was in the lineup. Then he arrived at the ballpark and told Joe Girardi that he had back spasms that were related to his getting hit on the elbow on Wednesday.
I missed that day of med school, so I’m not sure how that exactly works. But A-Rod is out, Hairston is in and A-Rod said he hopes to play tomorrow. He said he felt pain in the center of his back when he got hit because his whole body went numb. “I sort of braced myself,” he said.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: So here is how the pitching lines up:
Today at Seattle: Pettitte
Tomorow at Seattle: Mitre
Sunday at Seattle: Chamberlain
Monday at Oakland: Burnett
Tuesday at Oakland: Sabathia
Wednesday at Oakland: Gaudin
Aug. 21 at Boston: Pettitte
Aug. 22 at Boston: Burnett
Aug. 23 at Boston: Sabathia
Aug. 24: off
Aug. 25 vs. Texas: Chamberlain
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: We are underway at spectacular Safeco Field. 64 degrees. Thanks for staying up late.
Jeter, by the way, is four hits away from tying Luis Aparicio for the most as a shortstop. Jeter has 2,669, Aparicio 2,673. Pretty amazing.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Single, single, double, all to right field. Poor start for Andy Pettitte.
UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: Looks like a home run for Jorge, no? Umpires going to check it out.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Nope, double. Angle I saw in the press box looked like it cleared the line. Guess not.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Andy got right in a hurry. Three hits then six straight outs, four by strikeout.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Wild game in Texas. Clay Buchholz, as a pinch runner, got thrown out at the plate. But Victor Martinez’s two-run double just gave Boston a 5-4 lead in the ninth. Boston has scored again. Three runs in the ninth so far. Epic failure for Texas if they lose this one.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: Yankees just invented a run there. Melky infield single, wild pitch, Jeter single that went under the gloves of the third baseman and shortstop. But it’s 2-2.
UPDATE, 11:48 p.m.: Andy Pettitte has whiffed eight of the last 16 batters he has faced. Yankees owe him a few runs at this point.
UPDATE, 11:57 p.m.: Andy has 10 Ks, his most since Aug. 21, 2006 at Cincinnati. Most K’s of an AL team since 2003.
UPDATE, 12:00 a.m.: Yankees owe their starter at least one run here.
UPDATE, 12:09 a.m.: Pettitte done after six innings and 111 pitches. He has a 2.04 ERA in six starts since the break and one win to show for it.
UPDATE, 12:16 a.m.: Girardi said before the game that Bruney was back in the reliable category. Big spot for him here.
UPDATE, 12:29 a.m.: Phil Franchise in for the eighth inning. Shorter hair, still nasty.
UPDATE, 12:32 a.m.: Junior giving Hughes a good AB, fouling off heaters.
UPDATE, 12:35 a.m.: Griffey walks, giving Branyan a shot.
UPDATE, 12:41 a.m.: Phil danced with the devil a bit there but whiffed Hannahan to end the inning. He has 44 K’s in 33.1 innings of relief.
UPDATE, 12:43 a.m.: Wow, Tex murdered that pitch. 3-2 Yankees and Mo warming.
UPDATE, 1:01 a.m.: Nice win for the Yankees here if Mo can finish it off. Tex is making a nice case for MVP. 30 homers and 86 RBI with 46 games to go.
Back in a bit with some clubhouse reaction.