Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-2, 3.85).
Pitching: LHP Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00).
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: No complaints on the blog today, people. The Yankees have won five straight, 12 of 13 and 36 of 47. They are 23-6 since the All-Star break, the best record in franchise history.
SERIES SWEEP? The Yankees are looking for a four-game series sweep, having outscored Seattle 20-5 over the first three games. The Yankees are 5-1 against the Mariners this season.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Derek Jeter needs one hit to tie Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio for the most hits ever by a shortstop with 2,673. Those are hits by a player when he was playing shortstop. Jeter has 2,685 overall, Aparicio had 2,677.
I’LL TAKE THE PEN IS MIGHTIER: Yankee relievers have allowed no runs in their last 12.2 innings, one in their last 19.2 innings and three in their last 30.1 innings. They have whiffed 31 in the last 30.1 innings and given up 22 hits.
MONUMENT PARK AWAITS: The great, great Jerry Hairston Jr is 9 of 26 with three extra-base hits and six RBI as a Yankee.
CONSISTENT CANO: Robinson Cano has a 13-game hit streak, going 24 of 57 with nine extra-base hits and 10 runs scored. He has 51 multiple-hit games this season.
TUCKERED OUT: Melky Cabrera has played every inning in center field since Brett Gardner broke his left thumb. He is 6 of his last 48 at the plate and is down to .269.
PITCHING POWER: Yankee pitching in the last four games:
7 earned runs
SEATTLE STUMBLES: The Mariners have scored seven runs in their last 50 innings. They are 3 for 20 with runners in scoring position in this series.
WILL THE REAL JOBA CHAMBERLAIN PLEASE STAND UP? Joba was 3-0, 0.83 in his three starts following the All-Star break, allowing eight hits over 21.2 innings and striking out 19. He regressed to nibbling, jittery Joba in the last two starts, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and nine walks over 11 innings.
THE JETER METER: The Captain has four home run his last eight games.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Yankees are 33-26 away from the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium. They have won six straight.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Affection by The Lost Boys. Picked this up off The Sopranos soundtrack. The Lost Boys are a garage band fronted by Steven Van Zandt. Great guitar work on this tune. Highly recommended.
Back later with much more.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Hideki Matsui has fluid on his left knee and is day to day. … Girardi said he may not have Mariano Rivera today. He wants to rest him.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Melky Cabrera is getting a day off as is Robbie Cano. This way they can keep each other company on the bench. … Girardi wants to stay away from Dave Robertson today if he can. … Did you see the story in the Post about Hideki Matsui’s wife having a baby? One little problem, it was Chien-Ming Wang’s wife. Oops.
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Joe Moser, a World War II veteran and fighter pilot, just throw out the first pitch. A Washington native, Mr. Moser was shot down over Europe and was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp to be executed. Rescued by Luftwaffe officers, they were sent to a prison camp and later survived a forced March to another camp as Allied troops approached.
All these years later, Mr. Moser received a huge ovation from the crowd. Nice to see.
UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: We’re underway and Derek Jeter just singled to tie Luis Aparicio for the most hits ever by a shortstop with 2,673.
UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: Fairly big start here for Joba in that he’ll get eight days off afterward. You want to go into a break like that feeling good about things if you’re a pitcher. His last two starts were shaky and he needs to get himself back on track.
UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: How about that? Pesky little Ramiro Pena bunts for a single then scores from first when Ichiro has trouble finding Jeter’s double down the line. Good base-running by El Nino.
Jeter now has the SS hit record alone.
It must make Girardi feel good when he uses the bench and those guys produce.
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Joba was bopping along. Now he’s in trouble. First and third, Ichiro up, one out.
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: That wily Ichiro tried to slap one the other way and A-Rod caught it. Now Joba has a chance to escape.
UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: Joba is either real, real good or real, real not so good. This is the bad Joba. He’s close to 30 pitches this inning.
UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: 47 pitches, 27 strikes. Five first-pitch strikes to 13 batters. His stuff is just too good to screw around like that. Joba is forever repeating that old cliche, “Strike one is the best pitch in baseball.” But he doesn’t always seem to remember it.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: It’s Swishalicious on the road again. Twenty jacks, 17 away from the Boogie Bown. Yankees lead 3-2.
And he hacked at a 3-0 pitch. Might as well, the Yankees can do little wrong these days.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Red Sox lose again. Yankees up eight games pending the outcome of this one.
UPDATE, 5:09 p.m.: The Red Sox have won 11 of their last 28 games. Yikes. Could they stay home and the Yankees will get the wild card winners? Would you rather face Texas or the AL Central winner?
UPDATE, 5;11 p.m.: Swisher gives Joba the lead, he falls behind the first two hitters he faces in the bottom of the inning. Throw strikes young man.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Nice effort by Joba. He has given up seven hits and three walks in five innings and four runs against a team that had scored seven in its previous 50 innings.
The 0-2 pitch to Gutierrez was horrendous.
90 pitches in five innings and first-pitches strikes to only 10 of 25 batters.
UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: And Joba is finished after a poor five innings.
His last three starts: 16 innings, 18 hits, 12 runs, 12 earned runs, 12 walks, 12 strikeouts. So much for him having figured it out after the break.
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Doug Fister has retired nine straight as he faces Hairston and he’s at 90 pitches here in the seventh.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Cano pinch hits and bloops in a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Isn’t it about time for somebody to hit a home run and break Seattle’s heart? Fister must be getting tired. Next pitch is No. 100.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Johnny nearly beat that. Would have tied the score. Now the Seattle bullpen has to try and hold on.
UPDATE, 6:21 p.m.: Hairston started back on that ball. Had he started in he might have caught it.
UPDATE, 6:33 p.m.: The Yankees were due for a stinker and they’re getting it. Aceves just hit a batter to force in a run. But, it’s only 5-3 Seattle. If Chad Gaudin can hold them here, the Yankees very much have a chance.
That run broke a streak of 13.2 innings without a run for the bullpen.
UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: And that could cook the Yankees. 8-3 now. Bad day for the pitchers.
They’ll take three out of four here and move on to Oakland. Please do me a favor and ignore the panic stricken commenters. They’re not worth your time.