LHP CC Sabathia (3-2, 4.78)
Sabathia vs. Mariners
Abe Almonte CF
Stefen Romero RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Corey Hart DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Cole Gillespie LF
Kyle Seager 3B
Mike Zunino C
Willie Bloomquist SS
RHP Chris Young (0-0, 3.50)
Young vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Cold with a pretty solid chance of rain at some point.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Bill Miller, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B Adam Hamari
NOVA HAS SURGERY: The Yankees announced pregame that Ivan Nova’s scheduled Tommy John surgery went as expected in Pensacola, Fla. It was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
MAKE IT FIVE: Yankees pitchers have recorded at least 10 strikeouts in four consecutive games, their longest such streak since September 9-12, 2012. According to Elias, the Yankees have never had a longer streak of 10-strikeout games.
PLENTY PRODUCTIVE: Carlos Beltran is fifth in the American League with 14 extra-base hits (Abreu has 17, Donaldson has 16 and Pujols and Trout each have 15) In his last 13 games, Beltran is hitting .296 with seven runs, six doubles, four home runs and nine RBI. The team has gone 10-3 in games Beltran has played during that stretch.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: There might be a handful of people cheering, but the reaction to Cano’s first at-bat is overwhelmingly filled with boos.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Cano struck out, and as the bottom of the first got started, the Bleacher Creatures gave him a roll call. Cano waved toward the fans in right field, at which point some group of fans — maybe the same fans who did the roll call — started a chant of, “You sold out!”
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: There’s Teixeira’s third home run since coming off the disabled list. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Not the best decision ever by a catcher. Zunino tried to throw out Gardner stealing second and instead threw the ball into center field, letting Roberts score easily from third. The Yankees lead is up to 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Big strikeout by Sabathia to get out of trouble and leave runners at second and third in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Cano up with the bases loaded in the fifth. At-bat of the game?
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Well, that could have been worse for the Yankees. Cano grounds to first and Teixeira takes the easy out, allowing one run and keeping the Yankees in front, 2-1. Not sure he had a play anywhere else.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Welp, there’s the real at-bat of the game so far. Hart just doubled to right-center, scoring two runs and putting Seattle in front 3-2.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: For a few starts in a row, Sabathia was keeping these big innings from happening. But here he is again, having allowed four runs in the fifth. The Mariners are now up 4-2. Sabathia had been pretty good today until this inning.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Awfully good work by Betances to strand runners at the corners and keep this a two-run game. Girardi’s beginning to trust him more and more, it seems.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Mariners add two more runs in the top of the seventh, and with that, I’ve moved to the indoor workroom here in the Yankee Stadium press box. I’ve always had a seat in here, but I honestly can’t remember ever using it until tonight. It’s just brutally cold out there. Trying to finish my running game story and couldn’t feel my fingers to type. Can’t be a comfortable playing experience.