Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-9, 4.33).
Griffey Jr. DH
Pitching: RHP Felix Hernandez (15-5, 2.52).
TIME/TV: 10:10, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees start a six-game road trip after a solid 7-3 homestand. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by seven games in the AL East with 15 to play. They lead the Angels by 6.5 games in the race for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
FREQUENT FLYERS: The Yankees were just in Seattle, winning three of four games from Aug. 13-16. They are 5-2 against the Mariners this season. Burnett and Hernandez did not pitch in that series.
MO MILESTONES: Mariano Rivera needs two strikeouts for 1,000 in his career.
MO-MENTUM: This boggles the mind. The Great Rivera has allowed one run in his last 33 games, a span of 33 innings. He has given up 15 hits, walked eight and fanned 32. The Yankees are undefeated in those games.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees lead the majors with 48 come-from-behind victories.
LONG-TIME COMING: The Yankees are 41 games over .500. They have not been 42 games over .500 since ending the 2002 season 103-58.
HE’S THE HIDEKI, YOU KNOW: Hideki Matsui hit his 25th home run of the season on Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he tied Don Baylor (1984) for the most home runs as a Yankees DH in a single season. It also was his 12th homer off a left-handed pitcher this season (in 123 AB), tying for most against a lefty for a lefty hitter in the majors this season.
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UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Just talked to Andy Pettitte after he threw his bullpen. He felt fine and is ready to make his start on Monday. There was no discomfort in his shoulder.
“I’ll be satisfied if I get through that start. I’ve been off a few days and obviously it was good to get through my normal long bullpen. I had no problems,” he said. “I’ve had a good period of rest. I didn’t expect to feel anything. I played long toss yesterday and felt great. The big thing for me will be now to get through Monday without having it fatigue-ing out on me and I’ll feel I’m over it.”
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Dave Robertson played catch in the outfield and said his elbow felt fine. That’s two such sessions for him. It’ll be one or two of those then back on the mound then in a game. “It’ll be fast,” he said.
UPDATE, 10:13 p:m.: We are underway. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: Brian Bruney is wearing No. 99 now. Turns out he never liked 38 for some reason.
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: 1-1 through five innings here. Just what you expect with Felix. A.J. is pitching well, too.
UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: Nice day for Johnny Damon. He’s 3 for 3 with two doubles and a run scored. The Yankees lead 2-1. That’s a big run in this game.
UPDATE, 12:31 a.m.: Yankees up a run and have Mo set up to face the bottom third of the Seattle order. This would be a nice win to start the road trip and a big boost for Burnett.