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Yankees pregame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 22, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Greetings, Brian Heyman here for Chad today for this series finale.

Ivan Nova just arrived, jumping from Triple-A right into the middle of a pennant race. He will make his first major-league start Monday night in Toronto. He’s right on turn as well, having allowed one earned run in  6 2/3 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Colorado Springs on Wednesday. He has been throwing the ball well all season, going 12-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 23 starts. He tossed three scoreless innings of relief in two games when he was up in May. He has four pitches, adding a slider to the mix. 

“This know it’s a  big opportunity for me,” Nova said. “I’ve got to be relaxed.”

Joe Girardi had no word yet on whether he will try to split up the inconsistent righties in the rotation, A.J. Burnett and Javy Vazquez. The Yankees have an off day Thursday to play with. For now, Nova is just giving everyone an extra day’s rest.

Girardi said that his plan right now is go with a platoon of sorts at third with Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena while Alex Rodriguez is on the DL, although he reserved the right to change his mind and go with the hot hand, if there is one. Nunez drove in the go-ahead run with his first big-league hit Saturday and is in the lineup again.

The Yankees are 11-0 without A-Rod in the lineup. …

CC Sabathia is undefeated in his last 19 starts at Yankee Stadium, dating to last year’s All-Star break. He’s 14-0. It’s the longest current home winning streak in the majors. He also owns the longest undefeated streak of starts at one stadium since Johan Santana was going 24 starts without a loss for the Twins at the Metrodome from Aug. 6, 2005 to April 2,  2007.  

“I think he understands the ballpark, but more importantly, CC usually is ahead in the count. … He can make the hitters hit his pitch,” Girardi said.

Here are the lineups:

Yankees

1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Nick Swisher RF

3. Mark Teixeira 1B

4. Robinson Cano 2B

5. Marcus Thames DH

6. Jorge Posada C

7. Austin Kearns LF

8. Brett Gardner CF

9. Eduardo Nunez 3B

CC Sabathia P

Mariners

1. Ichiro Suzuki RF

2. Chone Figgins 2B

3. Russell Branyan DH

4. Jose Lopez 3B

5. Franklin Gutierrez CF

6. Casey Kotchman 1B

7. Adam Moore C

8. Matt Tuiasosopo LF

9. Josh Wilson SS

Luke French P

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