Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (6-5, 4.07)
Sabathia vs. Angels
Peter Bourjos CF
Mike Trout LF
Albert Pujols DH
Mark Trumbo RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Chris Iannetta C
Erick Aybar SS
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Brendan Harris 1B
RHP Jered Weaver (1-2, 3.77)
Weaver vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:35 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Perfect last day in California. Not a cloud in the sky. Little bit of a breeze blowing out to left center.
UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Manny Gonzalez, 3B Tony Randazzo
SIX? The Yankees have lost five straight games, matching their season-high losing streak. They have had only one single-season losing streak of six or more games over the last six seasons (since 2008), dropping six-in-row from May 11-16, 2011.
SWEEP? Should the Yankees lose today, it would be the second straight three-game series in which the Yankees have been swept. It would mark the first time the Yankees have been swept in consecutive three-game series in the same season since the final two series of the 2000 season, when they lost three games at Tampa Bay and three games at Baltimore.
STAR? Robinson Cano leads in All-Star Game voting among AL second basemen with 2,409,512 votes, almost 800,000 votes ahead of Boston’s Dustin Pedroia (1,635,674).
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: That was predictable, wasn’t it? Wells hit fifth instead of sixth, and he came up with the bases loaded only to hit into a double play. The only saving grace is that Sabathia also got a key double play ball from Pujols and escaped trouble of his own. It’s scoreless after one.
UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: Gardner has been awful good lately. His second hit of the day has runners at the corners with no outs.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: A big hit. Finally. There’s a three-run homer by Hafner for a 3-0 Yankees lead in the third. They were one out away from once again blowing a second-and-third, no-outs situation, but Hafner came through.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: Yankees are scoring about a week’s worth of runs in this one inning.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Really nice play by Nix to start a double play and help Sabathia out of trouble in the fifth. He’s through five scoreless. The Angles have two hits.
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: I love CC’s reaction when the Yankees try to check on him after something like a comebacker. He’s so completely dismissive. He’s also through six scoreless.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Sabathia has been outstanding today. Two strikeouts get him through the seventh, still a 5-0 Yankees lead. Sabathia’s allowed three hits.