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Game 66: Yankees vs. Braves

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jun 18, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (40-25)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C

LHP CC Sabathia (8-3, 3.70)
Sabathia vs. Braves

BRAVES (35-31)
Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado 1B
Brian McCann DH
Dan Uggla 2B
Matt Diaz LF
Chipper Jones 3B
Jason Heyward RF
Andrelton Simmons SS
Davis Ross C

LHP Mike Minor (3-4, 6.01)
Minor vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

WEATHER: A few clouds overhead, but nothing threatening. It’s a nice nigth for a game.

UMPIRES: HP Manny Gonzalez, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Phil Cuzzi

NINE THE HARD WAY: The Yankees have won a season-high nine straight games, their longest winning streak since 2009 when they also won nine straight. According to Elias, this is the first time in franchise history that the Yankees have won nine consecutive games against teams with a winning record. Their last double-digit win streak came from May 7 through May 17, 2005.

CLOSE CALLS: Since May 22 the Yankees have gone 19-4, and they’ve had 14 of the 23 games decided by three runs or less. They’ve gone 12-2 in those contests, winning their last eight. They opened the season 9-12 in games decided by three runs or less.

FIRST TIMERS: This series marks Atlanta’s first trip to the current Yankee Stadium, making the Braves the 21st different opponent to play in the Stadium. The Yankees are 15-5 in an opponent’s first-ever games at Yankee Stadium.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Leadoff triple by Bourn leads to a run. It’s 1-0 Braves.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Nearly a double play ball. Instead it glances off Sabathia for an infield single that puts two on with no outs for the Braves in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Bourn’s RBI single has pushed the Braves lead to 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Rodriguez breaks up the no-hitter with a single in the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Who says this stadium never gets loud? The place was buzzing for the 3-2 pitch to Jeter, and it erupted on his two-out, two-run single up the middle. It’s a 3-2 Yankees lead in the bottom of the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Teixeira’s 12th homer of the year is a solo shot to open the bottom of the sixth. It’s now a 4-2 Yankees lead.

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