Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez RF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (19-7, 2.97)
Sabathia vs. Angels
Maicer Izturis 3B
Peter Bourjos CF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Torii Hunter DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Mike Trout RF
Erick Aybar SS
Jeff Mathis C
RHP Dan Haren (14-8, 3.20)
Haren vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 9:05 p.m., YES Network / MLB Network
WEATHER: There’s something like a 20 percent chance of rain, which is pretty high for this place. Doesn’t seem too threatening, though.
UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Dan Bellino
CC BEING CC: CC Sabathia has become the first Yankees pitcher to win at least 19 games in three straight years since Vic Raschi had four straight seasons of at least 19 wins from 1948-51. Sabathia is looking to become the first Yankee to win at least 20 games in consecutive seasons since Tommy John in 1979-80.
THREE DOWN: The Yankees have lost three straight games. It’s their longest losing streak since dropping three consecutive games August 6-9. The current losing streak matches their second-longest of the season. The longest was six in-a-row in mid-May.
HORSESHOES AND SLOW DANCING: The Yankees have lost each of their last three games by one run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time the Yankees have had a streak of that kind since July 2-4, 1993 (4-3, 5-4 and 7-6 losses at Oakland). Each of their last three losses have come in their opponent’s final at-bat.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: The Angels had the bases loaded, but Sabathia got out of it with the game still scoreless. It’s 0-0 after one inning.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Hey look, Nunez caught one!
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Busted thumb for Martin? Really? This is turning into some pretty rough luck for the Yankees. Martin just took a foul tip to his throwing hand. Looks like it busted up his thumbnail. His warmup throws didn’t look great, but Martin’s staying in the game.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Looked to me like Granderson took a bad first step on that ball, but I haven’t seen a replay to be sure. Either way, it’s an RBI double and the Angels are up 1-0 in the second.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Martin is coming out. Still no sign of who’s taking over behind the plate. Posada?
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Big ovation from the Yankees fans here in Anaheim. Jorge Posada is the new Yankees catcher.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: High throw from Posada, but Cano made a nice play to get the out. Posada’s been in the game for a batter and a half and he’s already caught a runner trying to steal.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: That’s a nice little play by Chavez to end the third. It’s still a 1-0 game.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: CC is through the fifth, still with a 1-0 Yankees deficit. The Angels have seven hits, the Yankees have two.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out, Sabathia gets out of it with back-to-back ground balls to Chavez at third. He went home on the first one, then made a quick throw to first to end the inning (nice play by Teixeira to get the out). Still 1-0 heading into the seventh.
UPDATE, 11:22 p.m.: Mike Trout goes out and gets one, slapping/driving an RBI single to right field for a 2-0 Angels lead in the seveth.
UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: The Yankees are calling Martin’s injury a bruised right thumb. He has been taken for x-rays.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Sac fly, then a two-run homer by Mathis. George Kontos is now warming for the Yankees with a 5-0 deficit.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: After a double, here’s Kontos for his big league debut.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: Of course Posada got a hit. Of course he did.