Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (17-7, 3.42).
Pitching: RHP Doug Fister (2-2, 3.53).
TIME/TV: 10:10, YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees were beaten 3-2 on a two-run, walk-off homer by Ichiro Suzuki in the ninth inning last night. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by six games in the AL East and the Angels by 5.5 games for the best record in the American League and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Yankees have lost four of their last seven games.
CC IN SEATTLE: Sabathia is 7-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last nine starts. He is 1-1 against Seattle this season. In 13.2 innings, CC has allowed seven runs on 13 hits and five walks while striking out 18.
ANOTHER CHANCE: Fister, a 25-year-old rookie, beat the Yankees on Aug. 16. He allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings in a 10-3 victory.
THEY’RE HOT: Robbie Cano has hit in seven straight at 12 of 28. … A-Rod has 15 RBI in 15 games this month. … Johnny Damon is one shy of 25 homers, which would be his career high. … Nick Swisher is 9 of 25 with five extra-base hits.
THEY’RE NOT: Melky Cabrera is 1 of his last 10, as is Jose Molina. Jerry Hairston is 1 of his last 11.
NUMBERS GAME: Brian Bruney changed his number from 38 to 99. Maybe that will change his luck. Bruney has allowed 16 hits and 12 walks in his last 14.1 innings.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: RHP Ian Kennedy is here and will be used as a long reliever or spot starter.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Rotation for the Angels series: Pettitte, Gaudin and Burnett against Saunders, Santana and Kazmir.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Here is some of what Ian Kennedy had to say:
“This is crazy. I didn’t dream of this happening. After not pitching all year, this seemed crazy. When he called me and told me it was going to happen … I’m still in shock.”
Kennedy’s line in two minor-league playoff games — 5 1 0 0 0 7 — impressed the Yankees enough to have him called up. They’ll try and give him some work and if not, they’ll have him pitch in a simulated game or two before he goes to the Arizona Fall League.
Kennedy is 19-6 with a 1.59 ERA in parts of four minor-league seasons. He’s only 24 and is very much still a prospect.
“We still believe he’s a part of the future of this organization,” Girardi said. “Last year didn’t go the way we wanted. This year obviously didn’t go the way we wanted. We still believe. He’s young, he’s talented and he can really help us.”
The issue is innings as Kennedy has thrown only 190 over the last two seasons. That counts his time in the majors, the minors, the minor-league postseason and Puerto Rico. So any innings he gets now and in Arizona will help extend him next season.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: We are underway. … Teixeira just tripled to center. He has three triples in the last five games after not having one for two years. Baseball, you just can’t figure it.
UPDATE, 11:12 p.m.: Holy schnikes, that ball was murdered by Matsui. That’s 26 homers and 86 RBI for the mighty Godzilla and the Yankees lead 2-0.
UPDATE, 11:23 p.m.: Mark Teixeira went 1,192 ABs without a triple. Now he has three in his last 16 ABs.
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: Damon is 6 for 7 in this series with three doubles and two runs scored.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: Tex sneaks one over the fence for a three-run jack and the Yankees lead 6-0 as Doug Fister is getting knocked all around Safeco Field. I’m going out on a limb and suggesting Carsten Charles will figure out a way to win this game.
UPDATE, 11:48 p.m.: That was scary. CC just got drilled in the upper chest with a ball. That’s going to leave a mark.
They checked him out and he’s staying in to pitch.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: What a catch by Tex to end the inning.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: The Yankees get the run back as Francisco Cervelli crushes a ball of the wall in left then gets thrown out going to second.
Frisco seems like one of those guys who’s a more productive hitter in the majors than the minors.
UPDATE, 12:24 a.m.: Two tremendous plays there by Cano and Jeter. The Captain is having his best defensive year in five years. Maybe even longer.