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Game 52: Yankees at Athletics

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (28-23)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Bartolo Colon (2-3, 3.77)
Colon vs. Athletics

ATHLETICS (27-27)
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
David DeJesus RF
Josh Willingham RF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Mark Ellis 2B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Cliff Pennington SS

RHP Trevor Cahill (6-2, 2.02)
Cahill vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Cool and cloudy. Temperatures in the 50s, with a chance of rain at some point.

UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B Todd Tichenor, 3B Sam Holbrook

HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees have hit 79 home runs. According to Elias, when they reached 78 homers after 50 games, it was their second-highest total through 50 games in franchise history, trailing 2009 (when they had 80).

BAD STARTS: The Yankees have lost five of their past six series openers, and they’re 8-10 overall in openers this season. They are, however, 12-3 in day games, the best record in the Majors.

AND ON THE NEXT DAY: Yesterday was the anniversary of Derek Jeter’s first big league game, today is the anniversary of his first big league hit. He singled in the fifth inning off Tim Belcher. Since that date, Jeter has more hits than any other big leaguer. Alex Rodriguez is second with 2,701.

CANO CAN: Robinson Cano hit his 10th home run Saturday. According to ESPN Stats, Cano is the only the second second baseman — at least 50 percent of games at second — to begin his career with seven straight 10-homer seasons. The only other second baseman to pull it off was Joe Gordon, who had 11 straight.

MINOR HONOR: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre outfielder Justin Maxwell was named the International League Player of the Week after scoring 10 runs, hitting three homers and finishing with a 1.000 slugging percentage last week. Maxwell might be hitting his way into big league consideration if not for Andruw Jones strong past few games.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: Leadoff single by Jeter. Nineteen away from 3,000.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: Teixeira stays hot, goes deep and puts the Yankees in front 2-0.

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: Cano seemed to be caught off guard by the cutoff and the play at second, but he still doubled in a run and it’s 3-0 Yankees at the end of a half inning. Mental mistake by Cano, but a big inning for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Three quick, scoreless innings for Colon. He’s allowed one hit and has retired six straight.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Seriously, Bartolo is rolling.

UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Two walks, three stolen bases and an extremely shallow sacrifice fly. That’s enough to push the Yankees lead to 4-0. Cahill hasn’t allowed more than four runs in a start this season.

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