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Game 85: Yankees at Indians

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jul 06, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (51-33)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 13.94)
Hughes vs. Indians

INDIANS (45-39)
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana C
Grady Sizemore CF
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Matt LaPorta 1B
Austin Kearns RF

RHP Justin Masterson (6-6, 2.85)
Masterson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

WEATHER: Most clouds we’ve seen in Cleveland this week, but still a nice day. As far as weather goes, it’s been tough to top these three games.

UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Jeff Nelson

JUST GRANDY: Curtis Granderson has four home runs in his past four games, and he has five home runs in six games against the Indians this season. His 25 homers are the most for a Yankees center fielder since Bernie Williams finished with 26 in in 2001.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Derek Jeter is a career .364 hitter at Progressive Field, his highest batting average at any ballpark where he’s played at least 15 games. It’s also the highest batting average in this park since it opened in 1994.

ON THIS DATE: On July 6, 1933 the first all-star game was held at Comiskey Park where Babe Ruth hit the first home run — a two-run homer off Bill Hallahan — helping the American League to a 4-2 win. Lefty Gomez pitched three scoreless innings for the AL.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Nice at-bat by Brantley to draw a walk. Hughes showing a 92 mph fastball. Just went 93 on a single by Cabrera.

UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Hughes’ velocity is significantly better, but he’s allowed a walk and two singles to the first three batters. It’s a 1-0 Indians lead, and Hughes hasn’t gotten an out.

UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: It’ll be interesting to see what Hughes does the rest of the way. His fastball was consistently 92-93 in the first inning, but the Indians hit him pretty hard. It’s 2-0 Cleveland.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Hughes pitched around a leadoff single in the second to leave the runner stranded. His fastball is still around 92, but he’s already approaching 50 pitches.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Jeter is 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a pretty well hit fly out to center.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Nice play by Sizemore to rob Swisher of extra bases. Doesn’t look like it would have gone out, but still a nice catch. It’s still 2-0 Indians in the top of the fifth. Masterson looks nasty.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: It’s been a bit of a high-wire act, but Hughes is through five innings, still having allowed just the two runs. He was still throwing 92 mph in the fifth inning, so obviously the arm strength has come a long way, but the Yankees are still trailing 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Hughes is finished for the night. He threw 87 pitches, 57 for strikes. He’s handed a 2-0 deficit to Luis Ayala in the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Runners are starting to appreciated Gardner’s arm. That’s Austin Kearns at third. He had a pretty good idea what Gardner was capable of in that situation. Here comes Boone Logan needing to get Travis Hafner to get out of trouble in the sixth.

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