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Game 21: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (11-9)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 5.27)
Sabathia vs. Tigers

TIGERS (11-10)
Austin Jackson CF
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Brad Eldred DH
Ryan Raburn LF
Ramon Santiago SS
Gerald Laird C
Danny Worth 2B

RHP Max Scherzer (1-2, 8.24)
Scherzer vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS

WEATHER: Feels a lot like yesterday. Chilly but not really cold. Little bit of wind blowing out to center.

UMPIRES: HP Rob Drake, 1B Cory Blaser, 2B Joe West, 3B Andy Fletcher

SWISH’S START: Nick Swisher got off to a brutal start last season, but this year he’s reached base safely in 18 of 20 games, hitting safely in 16 of those. Nine of his past 11 hits have gone for extra bases and he leads the American League with 15 extra-base hits this season.

ROUGH PATCH: Today’s game ends a stretch of 21 games to start the season, of which 15 came against the other three 2011 American League playoff teams (Detroit, Texas, Tampa Bay) and the teams with the next-best 2011 records (Boston and Los Angeles).

TOMORROW IN YANKEES HISTORY: Tomorrow marks the anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s final game of his 2,130 consecutive games played. On April 30, 1939 he went 0-for-4 in a 3-2 loss against Washington at the original Yankee Stadium. After a team off day on May 1, Gehrig asked manager Joe McCarthy to be kept out of the lineup on May 2 at Detroit. He never played in another Major League game.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Sabathia strikes out Fielder, strands a double and gets through a scoreless first inning. Fielder never had a shot at that strike-three slider.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Two more strikeouts for Sabathia. Looks sharp today.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: After Jeter’s infield single loaded the bases, Granderson draws a walk for a 1-0 Yankees lead. Scherzer’s command has been erratic these first two innings.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Weakly hit, but Rodriguez has an infield single for a 2-0 Yankees lead. That brings Cano to the plate, still with the bases loaded and two outs.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Sabathia’s been dealing, but Fielder just took him deep on a first-pitch breaking ball up in the zone. The homer went into the second deck and it’s 2-1 as Sabathia ends the top of the fourth inning.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Almost an unreal catch by Austin Jackson. Instead it’s a solo homer for Curtis Granderson, good for a 3-1 Yankees lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Swisher left today’s game with a tight left hamstring. He’s going for a precautionary MRI. It’s worth noting that no one has been pulled from the Triple-A game (I would have to assume Dewayne Wise is first in line for a call-up).

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Replay looks like Rob Drake got it right. Stewart slides home just under the tag, scoring on Rodriguez’s career RBI No. 1,904. That moves Rodriguez ahead of Willie Mays into sole possession of eight place all time.

UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: Add a sac fly and it’s 5-2 Yankees in the bottom of the seventh.

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