Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.40).
Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-13, 4.96).
TIME/TV: 1:05, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have lost two straight and are trying to salvage the last game of the series. They lead the Red Sox by 7.5 games in the AL East and the Angels by five games in the race for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
UGLY DOINGS: The Yankees have been outscored 17-7 in the series by the hapless Orioles so far in the series. The Yankees are 12-5 against the Orioles this season.
THREE TIMES NOT A CHARM: The Yankees have not lost three straight since July 30-Aug. 1 in Chicago. They have not lost three straight at home since the pre-Alex Rodriguez days when they dropped five straight at home from May 2-7 against the Angels, Red Sox and Rays. There was panic in the streets back then.
THAT’S CC AS IN COOL CUSTOMER: Sabathia is 6-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last eight starts.
NOT YOU AGAIN: Sabathia is 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in four starts against the Orioles this season. He has not allowed a home run against the Orioles in 27.1 innings.
FINISHING STRONG: The Baltimore starter is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in his last four starts. But he is 1-3 with a 4.68 ERA in four starts against the Yankees this season.
MR. SEPTEMBER: A-Rod is 17 of 40 this month with six runs scored, 13 RBI and four extra-base hits over 10 games.
WE WANT RAMIRO: Derek Jeter is 6 of his last 25 (.240).
MIGHTY MO: Mariano Rivera, who has not pitched since Tuesday, has allowed one run in his last 30 appearances. It’s amazing the Rivera has as many RBI (one) as earned runs allowed (one) since June 16. His line since then: 31 14 1 1 7 32. That’s just insane.
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Back with much more later.
UPDATE, 10:41 a.m.: Not much news this morning. Damon feels better and returns to the lineup after missing two days with a bad back. Beyond that, all is quiet for now.
The guys were all discussing college football. Jeter is thrilled Michigan beat ND. Swisher is bummed about Ohio State. Girardi’s Northwestern Wildcats are 2-0.
UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: We are underway in the Bronx on a beautiful day. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: What a great teammate CC Sabathia is. To make A.J. Burnett feel better he’s pitching a terrible second inning against Baltimore after being handed a 1-0 lead, too.
But at least it’s 2-1 and not 6-1.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: A-Rod’s approach with RISP has been very good this season. He’s not trying to do too much. Everything is up the middle and his pitch selection has been great. He seems so much more at ease at the plate.
He’s at .306 with RISP with 18 walks and only 15 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: And there it is, the dumbest play of the year. Damon thought there were two outs and Turner scored from second on a fly ball.
If the Yankees lose this game by a run he’s going to get slammed.
UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Don’t you get the feeling that Damon will get up this inning when men on base?
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: 3-3 in the fourth inning at home with no outs and two on and Jeter wants to bunt. By the way, Derek, YOU HAVE THE MOST HITS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE.
I just don’t get it. I just don’t. It makes no sense.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Here we are, Damon up with a chance to atone.
UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: Damon walks, Tex fans with the bases loaded, now it falls to A-Rod to try and give them the lead.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Alex fans looking. Yankees should have gotten a whole lot more than two runs out of that. They are 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position today. Guthrie is walking a tightrope. He has allowed eight hits and two walks in four innings and only three runs. Yanks have stranded seven.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Girardi just got tossed before the first pitch of the inning. It has to do with A-Rod.
Alex struck out looking to end the last inning on a close pitch. He was agitated but didn’t seem to get too crazy. Then as Matsui went to the plate, Alex and umpire Marty Foster were jawing and out came Girardi, who got tossed right away.
Alex was tossed too, which led to Girardi getting run.
That was as hot as I have ever seen Girardi. He had to be held back at one point. That could earn him a suspension.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: That’s irresponsible of Alex to get tossed out there. At some point you have to let it go. Now it’s 3-3 and they don’t have their clean-up hitter.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: The good news is the Yankees always win when Girardi gets ejected.
UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: The pitch Alex was called out on was a hair outside but it wasn’t a terrible call.
It was Foster who called Jeter out stealing third base on July 6. Jeter said at the time that Foster told him he was out only because the throw beat him. The crew chief, John Hirschbeck, actually defended Jeter that day.
Clearly the Yankees have issues with Foster and they bubbled up today. The bottom line: Eric Hinske is now playing third base. There’s an error waiting to happen.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Nice day for Tex, 0 for 3 with a HBP. He has grounded out to the catcher and struck out twice with runners in scoring position.
Now Hinske, not A-Rod, is up.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Bases loaded for Godzilla as Hinske walks. Guthrie has lived to tell the tale so far. He has out 15 runners on base in 5.2 innings and allowed only three runs so far.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Godzilla strikes with a two-run single to right. Yankees had been 3 for 15 with RISP before that big hit.
Now Sean Henn — yes, that Sean Henn — is in to pitch for Baltimore.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Robbie Cano is just not the same hitter with men in scoring position: 35 of 168 (.208). He is hitting .361 otherwise. Obviously it’s in his head.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Nice work by CC as he allows three runs over seven innings, two that were his fault. How it’s Phil Huuuuuuuuuughes for the eighth inning and a well-rested Mo waiting for the save.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: That is the fifth time in 285 career starts CC has gone at least seven innings and struck out only one batter. It last happened in 2004.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: Hughes does the job. Now to Mo.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: If ever there was a time for a suicide squeeze, this is it.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: You’re gonna miss Matsui when he’s gone. That’s 24 homers and 81 RBI for the DH this season. Now we’ll get Bruney instead of Mo.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: The Yankees have blown the game open, leading 13-3. Back with a brief recap later on.