Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0 3.68).
Pitching: vs. RHP Ervin Santana (7-8, 5.43).
TIME/TV: 10:05, MY9/MLB Network.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have lost six of their last 10 and are 1-3 on a road trip that has two games left. They lead the Red Sox by five games in the division and the Angels by 4.5 games for best record in the AL and home-field advantage.
HOUSE OF HORRORS: The Yankees are 0-4 at Angel Stadium this season, getting outscored 34-20. They are 5-18 here in the last five years in the regular season.
GODZILLA ON A RAMPAGE: Hideki Matsui is 19 of his last 45 (.422) with four homers and 13 RBI along with seven walks.
MR. CLUTCH: Robinson Cano is hitting .364 (157 of 431) without runners in scoring position. He is hitting .208 (36 of 173) when there are runners in scoring position.
MELKY’S MESS: Melky Cabrera is 1 of his last 19.
BRUNEY’S BATTLE: Brian Bruney has allowed 28 hits — six of them homers — and 15 walks in his last 21.1 innings.
NO. 5 WITH A BULLET: Gaudin is 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in eight appearances for the Yankees. He does not have a decision in four starts but has a 3.20 ERA over 19.2 innings and the Yankees have won all four of those games.
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UPDATE, 7:04 pm.: Robertson throwing in the pen now.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Robertson said he felt fine and hopes he’ll need just one more bullpen session before he can get back in a game. That’s a positive for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: 5-0 Kansas City after three with Greinke on the mound. The magic number could be seven in a few hours.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Boston is down 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning in Kansas City as Grienke works on a two-hitter. Looks like the Yankees will have a chance to chop their magic number down to six. That is unless Krazy Kyle Farnsworth somehow gets in the game.
Yankees will be starting up soon.
UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: It’s truly astonishing how the Yankees are a different team here. So far they’ve managed to leave four runners on base — three in scoring position — in the first two innings.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: THE MAGIC NUMBER IS …
Who else but Mickey Charles Mantle?
Three things that are great about Mantle:
1. His actual name was Mickey.
2. He had a career OPS of .977. That’s 12th all time.
3. This story:
Mickey took Billy Martin hunting one day in Oklahoma and told him to wait in the car while he went and asked a friend of his who was a farmer for permission to hunt on his land.
The farmer agreed, but asked Mickey for a favor. He had an old cow that needed putting down and asked Mickey to do it for him because he didn’t have the heart to. So Mickey decided to play a trick on Billy.
Mickey came back to the car, pretended he was mad and got his rifle. “That son of a gun won’t let us hunt,” he said. “I’m going to shoot his cow.”
So Mantle when into the barn with Billy trailing behind. Bang! He shot the cow dead.
Suddenly he heard two more shots. Bang! Bang!
He turned around and there was Billy with a smoking rifle. “I got two of his horses, Mick,” he said. “That’ll show him.”
I have no idea whether this story is true. But I once heard Mickey tell at a banquet and it was just about the funniest thing in the world the way he told it with that drawl.
UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: Holy cats, A-Rod loves to hit here. That ball was rocked to center and hit the rocks. Yankees lead 2-0.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Hey, look everybody, the Yankees are back. Posada goes deep and it’s 4-0.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: Wasn’t it interesting that just a few minutes after the Boston loss was put on the scoreboard, the Yankees scored four runs? It’s like they breathed a collective sigh of relief.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Chad “The Man” Gaudin has a shutout through three innings. I hear Nebraska is lovely in October. Maybe Joba can catch a few football games.
UPDATE, 11:44 p.m.: Nice salary drive by Matsui. He’s up to 28 homers and 88 RBI. Somebody will want him next season. Bet it’s not the Yankees, however.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: Good news. The FBI has freed Alfredo Aceves from his captors and he’s warming up in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 11:56 p.m.: That final out this inning proved elusive to Gaudin. Cost him a chance at the win, too. Alfredo Aceves in.
UPDATE, 12:12 a.m.: That monkey is warming up.
UPDATE, 12:25 a.m.: Great play by A-Rod to snare that ball down the line. That’s two runs if it gets past him. Yankees are lucky Vlad can’t run.
UPDATE, 12:38 a.m.: They just showed the shower scene from Psycho and when Janet Leigh opened the shower curtain it was the Rally Monkey. Funny stuff.
UPDATE, 12:46 a.m.: Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes.
UPDATE, 12:52 a.m.: The Rangers have lost, the Yankees are in the playoffs for the first time since way back in 2007.
UPDATE, 1:00 a.m.: Hughes getting no help from his defense. Angels never go away, do they?
UPDATE, 1:04 a.m.: New game post has been started.