Eduardo Nunez SS
Alfonso Soriano LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Vernon Wells RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Austin Romine C
LHP CC Sabathia (9-10, 4.73)
Sabathia vs. Angels
J.B. Shuck LF
Collin Cowgill RF
Mike Trout CF
Mike Trumbo 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Josh Hamilton DH
Erick Aybar SS
Chris Iannetta C
Tommy Field 2B
LHP Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.65)
Vargas vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: The sky has cleared quite a bit. Forecast is pretty clear for a while. As one Yankee said in the clubhouse, the last thing this team needs is to suddenly play a double header before going to Boston.
UMPIRES: HP David Rackley, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Brian Gorman
THAT WAS CLOSE: Each of the Yankees’ past three wins — and five of their past eight — have been by one run. They are 21-14 (.600) in one-run games this season, marking the third-best A.L. record behind only Texas (20-10, .667) and Cleveland (23-14, .622). It’s the fifth-best such mark in the Majors. … Each of the Yankees’ past nine wins have been by a margin of three-runs-or-less. They last won a game by at least four runs on July 11 (8-4 victory vs. Kansas City).
MAKING LOCAL STOPS: The Yankees play 33 of their 45 remaining games against A.L. East competition. They are 22-21 vs. the division in 2013, including 7-13 over their last 20 division games.
MOVING UP: During his brief stint with the Yankees, Chris Nelson started nine games, all of them batting either sixth, seventh or eighth. The Yankees never did what the Angels are doing today, batting Nelson fifth! Ahead of Josh Hamilton!
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Maybe those first two strikeouts gave some hope that CC was going to deliver. Then the two-run homer squashed that idea. It’s a 2-0 Angels lead before the Yankees have come to the plate.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Look at that, Vernon Wells just homered! That’s his first since May 15. It’s now 2-1.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: So Nix couldn’t scoop the bunt, Nunez bobbled trying to get an out at second, Sabathia didn’t cover first base and now Sabathia’s walked in a run. Pretty sloppy inning for the Yankees, and a pretty ugly way to give the Angels a 3-1 lead.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Aybar is out of the game for the Angels. Seemed to be pointing to his lower leg. Maybe something from the Nix play at second?
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Two strikeouts, then a go-ahead home run for Soriano today. That’s a job well done for a guy who’s here strictly to run into a big homer every now and then.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Has anyone seen a good replay on that? Looks like he left barely after the catch, but it’s a nice break for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Big inning for the Yankees, capped by that two-run double by Alex Rodriguez for an 8-3 lead. They’re in control here, with Sabathia heading back to the mound for the top of the seventh.