Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 4.08).
Pitching: LHP David Price (7-7, 4.75).
TIME/TV: 7:05, My9.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won three of four and 11 of their last 14. They swept two games from Tampa Bay yesterday. The Yankees start the day nine games ahead of Boston in the American League East and 6.5 games ahead of Los Angeles for home field throughout the playoffs. The Red Sox host hapless Baltimore and the Angels host the Mariners. It’ll be King Felix against Scott Kazmir. Nice matchup.
HIGH-WATER MARK: The Yankees are 39 games over .500. They have not been 40 games over since finishing the 2004 season 101-61.
DAZE OF THE RAYS: Tampa Bay has lost six straight and seven of eight.
THE JETER METER: In case you just returned from solitary confinement, a Mets game or some other place devoid of people, Derek Jeter needs four hits to break the franchise record of 2,721 held by Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. Jeter was 0 for 8 in the two games yesterday. He has not gone hitless in three consecutive games since the final three games he started last season.
HERE COMES A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez is 10 of 20 with eight RBI in his last eight games. His batting average is up to a season-best .282.
DELIVERIES BACK ON SCHEDULE: Melky Cabrera is 19 of 46 (.413) in his last 13 games with five extra-base hits and 10 RBI He’s up to .281 for the season with a .340 OBP.
HUUUUUUUGHES: Phil Hughes has not allowed a run in his last 12.1 innings.
G.O.A.T: Mariano Rivera has converted 39 of 40 save chances this season including a personal record 35 in a row.
PITCHING PROWESS: The Yankees held the Rays to two runs on 19 hits and struck out 23 yesterday.
IT MUST BE THE FERVENT SUPPORT OF THE FANS IN THE LEGENDS SEATS. THAT IS WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE RESTAURANT EATING LOBSTER: The Yankees have won 21 of their last 25 games at home. They are 47-20 at the Stadium this season — 41-13 since A-Rod came off the disabled list.
DOUBT NOT THE BIG MAN: The Yankees are 10-1 in the games CC Sabathia has started since the All-Star break.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: L.A. Woman by The Doors. For reasons uncertain, I’ve been listening to The Doors all afternoon.
Back with more later on. We’ll follow the Captain pitch by pitch all night.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: Mr. Berra is in the house. Good omen?
UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.: Dave Robertson (elbow) has been shut down and is going to see Dr. James Andrews. He’s been pitching with “tightness” for about 10 days now.
The hope is, Girardi said, that it’s not serious and he comes back after some rest.
UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: Spoke to Robertson. He said he’s been pitching with it for two weeks now. There has been no drop in velocity or command, just tightness after he’s done pitching. He had an MRI and said no injury was apparent.
“I’m confident it’s not going to be anything,” he said.
Robertson has never had elbow issues before.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: We are underway in the Bronx. 72 degrees and bit overcast. Either a late arriving crowd or a small one. Lots of empty seats.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: That ball has to be caught by Damon.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Heck of a play by Alex there, especially in executing the fundamentals of the rundown. Alex is a terrific defensive player, which a lot of people forget.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Jeter strikes out. Doesn’t look like the record falls tonight, unless he gets up four or five more times. But 35,000 people got a nice photo of him whiffing at least.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Wanted to say hi to Jenn and Janet, who are here from Scranton and attended the blog outing last week. So if you see two women being escorted out of the terrace seats by security, its probably them.
Have a good time, ladies.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: First home run at home for Swisher since June 8. He had hit 12 straight on the road.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m: Research by the Abraham Sports Bureau confirms that Swisher has 25 home runs more than Wilson Betemit.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Jeter is 0 for 2 and the third inning is over. The Iron Horse will hold the record for at least another night, it looks like. He’s 0 for his last 10 with three K’s.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Chad Gaudin’s line so far: 4 2 0 0 1 5. Pretty impressive.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Jeter 0 for 3 and has struck out three times. He is 0 for his last 13, which I believe is his longest hitless streak of the season. Working to check that now.
I’m sure there will be some “Jeter’s choking under the pressure” nonsense written and said. Never mind that he has no idea about the record until a few weeks ago.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Big RBI for A-Rod as the Yankees go up 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Yeah, really big as Longoria homers.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Way too much faith in Chad Gaudin there. The Yankees have a dozen pitchers in the bullen. Somebody should have been warming up before the inning so Gaudin could have been pulled once he allowed the home run.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: This is where they would have used David Robertson. Instead it’s Bruney. Big test for him.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Yes, Jeter’s 0 for 11 is the longest streak he has had this season.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Girardi played match game with Maddon and won. Meanwhile, David Price threw a good game and leaves down 2-1.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Boy, it sure is exciting to see two managers use everybody on their roster. Managers love expanded rosters.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Phil Hughes into pitch to the soothing sounds of Cyanide by Metallica.
The Franchise to face the top of the order.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: One pitch and we’re all tied up as Bartlett goes deep.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Hughes had gone 12.1 innings without giving up a run. Yankees have the top of the order coming up in the eighth inning. Jeter will probably hit a homer to win it, reminding everybody that he is all about winning, not records.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Jeter has not whiffed four times in a game since Sept. 1, 1997 against Curt Schilling at Veterans Stadium. It has only happened twice.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Jeter is 0-4 with that liner. He has whiffed three times for the first time since July 30, 2008 and only the second time in the last two seasons. That’s pretty amazing.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Mo in the ninth. If the Yankees are to win this, it’ll be a walk-off. Gentlemen, start your pies.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Mo does his job. Now the Yankees can win it. Back with clubhouse reaction no matter what happens.