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Game 144: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 13, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (87-56)
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Greg Golson RF

LHP CC Sabathia (19-6, 3.14)
Sabathia vs. Rays

RAYS (88-56)
B.J Upton CF
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist RF
Carlos Pena 1B
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Willy Aybar DH
Kelly Shoppach C

LHP David Price (17-6, 2.87)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Ed Rapuano

WEATHER: Same as in your living room.

ONE OF A KIND: The Yankees remain the only team in the Majors that has not lost more than three games in a row this season. During Joe Girardi’s time as manager, the Yankees have lost four in a row four times, most recently in May of last season.

CUTTING IT CLOSE: The Yankees have played 69 games on the road this season. Of those, 41 have been decided by three runs of less including 15 of the past 18. Eleven of the past 18 road games have been decided by one run, and the Yankees are 4-7 in those contests.

ACE IN THE HOLE: CC Sabathia leads the majors with 19 wins, matching his career high. He’s 15-3 with a 2.62 ERA in his past 19 starts and ranks second in the American League in innings, sixth in ERA and eighth in strikeouts.

CY CANDIDATES: Between them, Sabathia and David Price have 36 wins. This is the third time in the past four years that the Yankees have played a game in which both starters have at least 17 wins: Chien-Ming Wang and Jeff Beckett in 2007, Mike Mussina and Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: This can’t be the easiest place to play the outfield, but after nearly misreading one ball, Greg Golson was able to stay with that one for a running catch that was the second out of the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Through three innings, this is what had to be expected. Both Price and Sabathia have been awfully impressive. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Posada caught stealing to end the fifth inning. I don’t know what to say about that.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Watching this thing, it’s hard to imagine either team being able to score. These guys look legitimately unhittable. Sabathia has retired 10 in a row. Price hasn’t allowed a hit since the first batter of the game. Still scoreless after six.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: One-out single by Cano and a walk by Teixeira have put two on for Rodriguez. It’s the seventh inning, and this is the first time the Yankees have put a runner in scoring position.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Price stranded runners at first and second in the seventh, and walked off the mound like he was never in trouble. Cano, meanwhile, flung his helmet to the dugout as soon as Marcus Thames’ fly ball landed in B.J. Upton’s glove. The pitchers are in control here. The hitters are helpless.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Nice diving stop by Teixeira ends the seventh and leaves Sabathia standing on the mound clapping. Still scoreless.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: With Granderson at first, Girardi is going to let Swisher hit for Golson. Can’t imagine he’ll stay in to run the bases or play the field, but he’ll try to take some hacks and at least keep the inning alive.

UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: I’m sure Swisher’s orders were to not run, so a ground ball to third base wasn’t going to get it done. Here’s Sabathia back out for the bottom of the eighth.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Here comes Kerry Wood. Both Price and Sabathia went eight scoreless.  As impressive a matchup as I’ve seen.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Carl Crawford is done for the night, ejected for arguing a called strikeout to start the bottom of the ninth.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Swisher and Gardner are both banged up, but they’re trying to play a role in this game. Gardner’s now on to pinch run for Berkman, who just walked in place of Marcus Thames.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Well, hard to expect that. Gardner took second and was thrown out trying to take third, possibly because he thought Benoit was about to deliver a pitch or maybe because he though Longoria was too far off the bag. Either way, he broke too early and was out to end the 10th.

UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Chad Guadin, of all people, just struck out Brad Hawpe to strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. That seemed like a situation for one of the Yankees one-inning relievers — neither Robertson nor Chamberlain pitched yesterday — but Girardi went with Gaudin and it worked out.

UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: That’s the Rays’ first 1-0 walkoff in franchise history.




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