LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 3.46)
Career vs. Rangers
LHP C.J. Wilson (0-0, 0.00)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B D.J. Reyburn, 2B Mike DiMuro, 3B Tim Welke (crew chief)
WEATHER: It doesn’t look so hot. A chance of thunderstorms and an 80 percent chance of rain. Lows in the lower 50s.
MILESTONES AT STAKE: Several Yankees could reach personal of club milestones this series. Joe Girardi needs just two wins for No. 200 as a manager. Derek Jeter is just two doubles shy of Don Mattingly (442) for third on the club’s all-time list. Jorge Posada is just two hits shy of 1,500 for his career. And Alex Rodriguez needs one home run to pass Mark McGwire (583) for sole possession of eighth place on baseball’s all-time list.
I’m in for Chad today and will have more from the clubhouse in a bit…
UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: It just started raining here at the Stadium. The Rangers are taking BP at the moment.
Hang tight. I’ll have news and notes in a bit.
UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: As you may have read on Twitter, Chan Ho Park (right hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Yankees promoted LHP Boone Logan, who, according to Joe Girardi, may or may not be down in time for the game. (He said it depends on traffic — no joke.) Park said he expects to rest for three or four days but should be fine after that. An exam by the doctor led to an MRI, which revealed a low-level strain. It is the same hamstring Park injured last season with the Phillies but a different area. He had no problem with the club DL-ing him to be careful. “When you get to my age, you have to be careful,” Park said.
Park joked that he wanted to be clear about one more thing: “It’s not diarrhea.” And if you don’t know what I mean, YouTube it.
On more serious matters, the Yankees expect they can use Logan for as many as 40 pitches in one outing. He pitched 2.1 IP on Thursday for Scranton. And the club has faith in him, even if Logan didn’t make the team out of camp. “What’s unfortunate for him is that we have a very deep bullpen,” Girardi said. “I think he would have made a lot of other clubs.”
Francisco Cervelli will start in place of Jorge Posada tonight. Girardi didn’t mention Cervelli’s success with Sabathia during Sabathia’s near no-hit bid as a reason. He said Posada caught three days in a row and is unlikely to catch four straight so early in the season. “That’s probably not something we’ll do a lot of early on,” Girardi said.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be around.
UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: CC is on the bump and we are about to begin. It is very bitter out. The wind is blowing in toward home plate and is quite strong. (Translation: I should’ve brought a bigger jacket.)
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Rangers lead 1-0 in the middle of the first. I think it’s safe to say Brett Gardner would’ve played Josh Hamilton’s “double” a little better in left. That said, I think the wind held that ball in the park.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Jeter now has a 10-game hitting streak to start the season.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Yankees tie it 1-1. That was scored a passed ball. Agree?
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: That’s four straight K’s for Sabathia. He looks sharp and could very well have tossed up two more hitless frames there were it not for so-so defense.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Apparently, everything’s a base hit tonight.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Sabathia has retired 11 straight now. Only one of the last 10 has hit the ball out of the infield.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: A Yankee record? You betcha. Cano just hit safely in his 10th straight game to open the season. He and Jeter became the first pair of Yankee teammates to accomplish that feat in club history.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Yankees now lead 3-1 midway through the bottom of the fourth. All four runs have scored tonight without the help of a hit.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Oops, I spoke to soon. Cervelli’s RBI single makes it a 4-1 Yankee lead.
UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: The game is official.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Sabathia has now tossed just 72 pitches through six. He has thrown a remarkable 57 strikes. Does someone not want a visit from the manager tonight, hmm?
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: That was a perfect time to steal for Brett Gardner. Don’t take the bat out of Granderson’s hands when an extra-base hit would score Gardner from first. But after Grandy struck out, Gardner had to run. The Yankees could use an insurance run, even with CC humming along.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: The rain has really picked up here. Was that really a hit by Jeter. Me thinks not. The players are lucky I’m not scoring this game.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: After the last out in the sixth, the tarp is on the field. We’re going to a rain delay. Yanks lead 5-1.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: As it pours here at the Stadium and fans duck for cover (or leave), here’s my rain-delay related question to ponder:
When you’re watching a Yankee game on Ch. 9 (or, if you’re unlucky, a Mets game on Ch. 11), the network always switches to reruns to kill time. What’s your favorite rain delay show?
To begin the discussion, here’s mine: Cheers, Kirstie Alley/Woody Harrelson years, of course.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: No update yet. We’re still in a rain delay here. They were showing Devils-Flyers on the scoreboard. Most fans booed. The video people since switched to a “Rain Delay” graphic.
There are several jokes in there.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Cue Sinatra. The game has been called. Yanks win 5-1. The rain delay was 1:05.