Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (15-7, 3.56).
Pitching: RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.33).
TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won five straight, six of seven and lead the AL East by 6.5 games over Boston. They lead the Angels by 5.5 games in the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
CC IN SEPTEMBER: CC Sabathia is 5-0 with a 2.64 ERA in his last six starts. He is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in three starts against the Orioles this season.
ROBBIE ROCKS ‘EM: Robinson Cano is 25 of 52 with 13 extra-base hits — seven of them home runs — and 17 RBI against Baltimore this season.
ROBBIE REALLY ROCKS ‘EM, PART II: Cano has seven extra-base hits and 12 RBI in his last eight games overall.
CLUTCH-ROD: Of Alex Rodriguez’s 71 RBI, 35 have either tied the score or given the Yankees the lead.
And now a Special Celebrity Jeopardy Edition section of pre-game notes
CATCH THESE MEN: Derek Jeter has 298 stolen bases.
JAPAN-U.S. RELATIONS: Hideki Matsui, who had last night off, is 3 of his last 19 with only one RBI.
S-WORDS: Nick Swisher is 26 of 85 (.306) at Camden Yards in his career with 13 homers and 29 RBI over 26 games.
THE PEN IS MIGHTIER: Over the last five games, Yankees relievers have allowed one run on eight hits over 16.1 innings.
FAMOUS TITLES: Jeter needs 10 more hits to pass Lou Gehrig for the most hits in franchise history. Gehrig had 2,721 hits, Jeter has 2,712.
THERAPISTS: With the help of physical therapy, Alex Rodriguez has helped the Yankees go 71-33 since he came off the disabled list following hip surgery.
AN ALBUM COVER: This has nothing whatsoever to do with that title, but Damaso Marte has thrown 3.1 hitless innings since coming off the disabled list.
OK, that’s enough fun for me. Back with more later.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Bet nobody guessed that lineup.
UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: Brett Gardner set to join Triple-A Scranton tomorrow. Hopes to be back on the big leagues by Monday.
UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Just a regular day off for Tex. Posada gets that regular day off that just so happens to fall on the day CC pitches.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Mitre will start on Sunday in Toronto and Burnett in one of the DH games on Monday. So Burnett gets an extra day of rest.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game interview session. He touched on assorted topics, including his desire to give the regulars time off down the stretch:
If you listen closely, you can hear the Ting Tings doing That’s Not My Name in the background.
UPDATE, 6:46 p.m.: Just met two blog readers, Ian and Sean, on the concourse behind the plate. Sean is in a wheelchair and let me tell you, he has more energy that Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher put together. We had a great talk about the Yankees.
Hey Sean, hope you had a great time.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: We are underway in Baltimore. It’s 74 degrees and perfect baseball weather again. It’s usually brutally humid in Baltimore and I end up feeling like Sidney Greenstreet in Casablanca. But it has been just right for this series.
Hope you enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: That no-good A-Rod has some nerve hitting a rocket at the third baseman.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Isn’t this supposed to be some sort of mismatch? So far the guy with the 15-7 record is getting out-pitched by the guy who is 4-11.
CC has the bases loaded and one out in the second inning down 1-0. He needs to wiggle out of this.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Two strikeouts. That works.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Hinske with your best shot! Love it. My greatest accomplishment is helping John come up with a call via our readers. We should all be proud.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: I wish I had more updates for you. This game has been sort of nondescript. CC has it going and you get the sense the Yankees will get to Berken eventually.
CC has retired eight straight and we go to the fifth inning at 1-1.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Jeter is 2 of his last 11. We has been led to believe that was not possible.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Yankees 0 for 3 with RISP and have left seven men on base. They have seven hits and two walks and not much to show for it.
That last single was the 2,500th hit for Alex Rodriguez. To celebrate, he’s going to give the first 40,000 fans at Monday’s game $2,500 each. Make sure you show up early. Specify if you want $20s or $100s.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Kam Mickolio warming up for Baltimore. Here’s a recent photo of him:
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Mickolio coming in to pitch. Have to love Dave Trembley playing matchups in the sixth inning of 1-1 game against Eric Hinske and Jose Molina. Is there an Overmanager of the Year award?
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: And Molina walks. Serves him right.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: And Jeter can’t drive in the run, either. Now 2 of his last 12. The Iron Horse rests easy.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Angels losing and Red Sox losing. The Yankees could gets some more distance with a win tonight. CC is doing his part.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Second and third, nobody out and Alex up. They’re in business here in the seventh. Nice base-running by Johnny and Swish.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Clutch-Rod, two-run single. 36 of his 73 RBI have either tied the score or given the Yankees the lead. Yankees 3-1 and still nobody out.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: How about CC? 14 earned runs in his last 51.1 innings. Seven walks and 58 strikeouts. He has been the man.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: CC is done. Here comes Bruney for some reason. Hughes has not pitched since Sunday. Today is Wednesday. Not sure I get this.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Reimold homer, Bruney is out. Aceves or Robertson would have made much more sense. Now it’s 3-2 and they still need to get five outs. Will Mo pitch a third night in a row or is Hughes the closer tonight?
With the Angels losing and the Red Sox down, this is a game to nail down.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Hughes in. I have to assume he is here to get four outs.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Mo watching. This is for Hughes to finish. It would be his second save of the season.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Swish 2 for 3 with two walks in the third hole tonight. That’s nice work.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Yankees blow it open, now up 6-2. A-Rod is 3 for 5 with four RBI. This team shows no signs of stopping, does it?
The 17 Baltimore fans here are leaving.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Big night for run differential. The Yankees have scored seven runs here in the ninth inning are are about to send their 12th man to the plate. The Baltimore bullpen has been awful for years but this bunch … yikes.
Back later with reaction. Looks like a win. Red Sox down 5-4 in the 8th. AL East baseball, the games that never end.