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Game 61: Yankees at Braves

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jun 12, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (35-25)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Chris Stewart C
CC Sabathia P

LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 3.69)
Sabathia vs. Braves

BRAVES (34-27)
Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado LF
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Matt Diaz RF
Chipper Jones 3B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Mike Minor P

LHP Mike Minor (3-4, 6.57)
Minor vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network

WEATHER: It’s been a pretty nice day here in Atlanta. Few clouds in the sky, but mostly sun, with wind blowing from left to right.

UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Alfonso Marquez, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Tom Hallion

MOVING UP: Last night Joe Girardi earned his 419th win as Yankees manager, tying Clark Griffith for seventh place on the club’s all-time managerial wins list. Girardi now has 497 career wins, three shy of becoming the 123rd manager all-time to reach 500 wins.

WHO NEEDS OFFENSE? The Yankees’ five shutouts this season are three shy of their total from all of last year. They?have recorded at least one shutout in interleague play in each of the past five years and seven of the last eight.

AT THE TOP: The Yankees enter play today in a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East. It’s the first time the Yankees have been atop the division since the close of play on April 24. They have had sole possession of first place just one day this season, at the completion of play on April 21.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: I’ve seen CC have better first innings. The Yankees aces has allowed three runs this inning, all three coming on Matt Diaz’s bases-loaded double.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Weak ovation for Jones. That guy was an elite player for about a decade in this city. Surprised he didn’t receive a warmer welcome.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Spike to the ankle for Cano, but he’s staying in the game.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Sabathia hasn’t had a clean inning, but he’s gotten through the fourth without allowing another run.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Mike Minor is shutting down the Yankees. Seriously. That’s happening right now.

UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Another double by McCann. That’s the big hit in this seventh inning, and a bases-loaded ground ball to second has given the Braves another run and a 4-0 lead.

UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: The Braves gave up on Minor after 100 pitches, and suddenly Jonny Venters has the bases loaded with one out and Rodriguez coming to the plate. This is the Yankees chance to get back in this thing.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Well now it’s a different game. Rodriguez lines a grand slam just over the wall in left. It’s it’s 10th homer of the year and it’s tied the game at 4. Unreal. That’s the 23rd grand slam of his career, tying him with Lou Gehrig for the most all time.

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