UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Close play at first there. Nice stretch by Teixeira.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Replay on that play at first is hard to tell. Either he was just on or just off. Either way, five K’s for CC on just 80 pitches. A halfway decent inning by the Yankees here and they could knock Lackey out.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Apparently that electric fence that used to buzz Abreu near the wall at the old Stadium didn’t make it across the street to the new one. Interesting.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Lackey can’t blame anyone else for this inning. How do you walk Melky twice? Then he throws away a pickoff throw and the ugliness continues as Hunter misplays Jeter’s single that allows him to take second. Suddenly, it’s 4-1 and Lackey’s night is over.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: This is just what the Yankees wanted: They’re into the Angels bullpen with three innings to go. Bulger on now.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: How good has Sabathia been? That was the first walk issued by him this postseason.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Loud “CC” chants at the Stadium now and Sabathia responds with a strikeout of Napoli and a big fist pump as he walks off. He’s been dazzling.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: No one warming in the Yankees pen which is a little surprising to me. With CC near 100 pitches and a three-run lead, why not take save him the inning if you’re thinking about running him back out on short rest the next time?
UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: CC staying in. Hughes is now up and tossing loosely in the pen.
UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: And Hughes sits down. CC goes eight strong and finishes with 113 pitches. Girardi will take questions about why he didn’t pull him after seven – especially if he goes in short rest in Game 4 – but you can’t argue that he was an ace tonight.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: Postgame thread is up. We’ll be updating with clubhouse news on there.