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Game 133: Yankees vs. Athletics

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Sep 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (82-50)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP A.J. Burnett (9-12, 5.17)
Burnett vs. Athletics

ATHLETICS (65-66)
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jack Cust DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Jeff Larish LF
Rajai Davis RF
Cliff Pennington SS

LHP Brett Anderson (3-5, 3.32)
Anderson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network, ESPN

UMPIRES: HP Dana DeMuth, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B Doug Eddings

WEATHER: Hot. Really hot, actually, but cooling. Clear skies.

KINGS OF THE MOUNTAIN: The Yankees took over first place in the division on June 20 and have either led or been tied for the lead every day but one since then. In one of the more random facts I’ve ever seen, Elias says that the Yankees have been tied for the division lead 23 times this season, setting a franchise record.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Starting tomorrow, the Yankees will play five straight day games (including Monday’s Labor Day matinee). That’s the first time since 2004, according to Elias, that they’ll play so many day games in a row, though Joe Girardi said he’s hopeful that – if the forecasts he’s seen are right – they’ll only be stuck in brutal heat for one of them. “The heat will be somewhat of an issue, but after that, it’s going to cool off and it shouldn’t be much of an issue,” Girardi said.

ALEX AWAITING: Alex Rodriguez hit on the field before tonight’s game and is taking a cautious approach about when he’ll return to the lineup. The Yankees expect that A-Rod, who hasn’t played since Aug. 21, will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday which is the first day he’s eligible. “I’m taking a very precautionary approach and we want to be conservative and we want to make sure we are as close to 100 percent as possible,” Rodriguez said.

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Sorry for lack of updates but I’m plowing through some newspaper work. The Yankees have to be pleased with Burnett so far, particularly with his change-up, which has looked nasty (he used it to strike out Ellis). He needed just 10 pitches to get through his last inning.

UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: That was what you’d call a seeing-eye single for Teixeira — bounces just past Kouzmanoff, just past Pennington and into left. It’s now 4-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: After needing just 16 pitches to get through the third and fourth innings, Burnett gives up a leadoff double and then a towering home run to Kevin Kouzmanoff. Temporary blip or start of a meltdown? It’s 4-2 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Burnett’s 91st pitch of the night is a nasty curveball to get Jeff Larish with a man on in the sixth, giving him eight strikeouts on the night. Got to say, this is legit progress for Burnett (albeit against pretty weak competition); now the Yankees need to tack on and give him and the bullpen a little room.

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