Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.59).
WHITE SOX (64-64)
Pitching: LHP Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.92).
TIME/TV: 7:05, MY9.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees start the day six games up on the Red Sox in the American League East and 3.5 games up on Los Angeles for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Yankees have lost three of their last five.
STATE OF THE SOX: The White Sox have won only 10 of their last 23 games and have fallen four games out in the American League Central with 34 games left to play. The Men of Ozzie lost three of four in Boston before winning last night and have dropped four of their last five.
THAT’S CC AS IN COMPLETE CONTROL: Carsten Charles is 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in his last five starts. Over 37.1 innings, he has allowed 28 hits, struck out 39 and walked only five.
AUGUST ACCOMPLISHMENT: CC has won 11 straight decisions in the month of August. He is 33-9, 3.16 in 51 career starts in August
CC VS. THE SOX: Sabathia is 15-4, 3.77 in 27 career starts against Chicago.
CC FOR THE CY: Sabathia leads the AL in wins and innings. He is eighth in ERA and strikeouts, third in WHIP. third in opponents batting average and tied for fifth in opponents OPS.
CC AT HOME IN THE BRONX: Others whine about Yankee Stadium. CC is 5-2, 3.62 in the bandbox and has allowed only five homers in 77 innings. When your stuff is that good, it doesn’t much matter where the fences are.
COKE IS NOT IT: Phil Coke has a 8.10 ERA since the All-Star break.
FREE PHIL HUGHES! FREE PHIL HUGHES! My friends at River Ave. Blues have a good post on the disappearance of Phil Hughes.
HEADING FOR A HUNDRED: Mark Teixeira has 97 RBI. He leads the American League. Only Prince Fielder (115), Ryan Howard (108) and Albert Pujols (107) have more.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won 16 of their last 20 at home.
DAMONIC: Johnny Damon is 9 of his last 20 and is up to .288.
HOMERLESS: Yesterday was one of five home games this season when the Yankees did not hit a home run. The FBI is looking into it.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Listening to an early 60s mix. Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love) by The Swingin’ Medallions is on. They were sort of a precursor to Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, only less soulful.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Gates are open, they will try and play. Bring a book with you.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain will be in the rotation moving forward, meaning he will pitch every five games. They decided he needed to pitch more regularly. The innings limit hasn’t changed. Some starts will be less than five innings.
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: To clarify the Job situation:
He will start Sunday and every five games (not days, games) moving forward.
The first few starts will be cut short at a pre-determined amount.
Then he will be built back up toward the end of the season.
The innings limit has not changed. This is just a different way of getting there.
He has pitched poorly in recent outings and the hope is that getting back to a regular routine will help him. Once the rosters expand on Tuesday, they’ll have a large enough bullpen to cover the gaps.
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Here is Dave Eiland talking about it:
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: The tarp is coming off the field. Looks like an on-time start.
UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: Serena Williams is here to throw out the first pitch. She’s wearing a mini-skirt and black and pink Nike high-tops. She’s in the dugout now getting photos taken with different players.
UPDATE, 7:01 p.m.: Starting to rain. Umpires are talking. Could be trouble.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Lineup cards being exchanged. Looks like they will start the game.
UPDATE, 7:06 p.m: Serena threw the ball way over the head of Jose Molina. Funny.
CC warming up to Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G. He’s a true player.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: We are underway. 67 degrees and rainy but they’re playing. Hope you enjoy the game. CC looking good so far.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Carsten Charles, yo.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Derek Jeter blow up a 1-2 pitch and drills it out to center. That’s 17 for the Captain. Mark Buehrle must be saying, “Here we go again with this team.”
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Hey, look, Melky doesn’t communicate and take charge of a ball. That is at least the third time that has happened this year.
If Brett Gardner hits once he comes back, he could become the postseason starter. Melky is melting down just like he did last season.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: CC picks up Melky by striking out the side.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Yankees should offer Damon a deal now. He’ll hit 20 homers a year playing at this park no matter how old he is. Yankees 2-0 and it could be more. Much like yesterday.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Robbie Cano, don’t you know … that he can’t hit with runners in scoring position. He’s 30 of 148 (.203).
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Yankees 0 for 6 with RISP. They’ve let Buehrle off the hook time after time. CC has to stay sharp. Not much wiggle room up 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: In CC Sabathia, you are seeing a man at the top of his game right now. This is really impressive work, the way he commands his fastball.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Now CC has some issues. First and second and nobody out. This is where the poor job with RISP hurts them. He’ll have to do some real work here to retain the lead. CC needs a GIDP.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: One more to get and it’s Nix, who has two hits off CC already. CC trying to hold a 2-1 lead and he’s at 102 pitches.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: CC had his chances to keep the lead and missed it. He was ahead of Nix 0-2 and had Beckham 3-2. That kid is an impressive player.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Can’t believe Swisher made that great a throw. He never does that. The Yankees need a run to get CC a win. Hughes will come out for the eighth.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: I’m checking the roster to see who this No. 65 is. Looks pretty good. Can’t recall seeing him pitch before.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes. Three swinging Ks. Philthy.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: That’s it for Hughes. Mo for the ninth. If the Yankees are to win this one, it’ll be their 11th walk-off win of the season. Rain is coming down here pretty decent, too. Better win soon.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: Girardi must really not want to use Posada. He did not pinch hit and nobody ran for Molina.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Extra innings, time to start a new post.