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Game 45: Yankees vs. Royals05.25.15

Brett GardnerYANKEES (22-22)
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones RF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Slade Heathcott CF

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 4.73)
Eovaldi vs. Royals

ROYALS (28-15)
Alcides Escobar SS
Mike Moustakas 3B
Lorenzo Cain CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Alex Gordon LF
Omar Infante 2B
Paulo Orlando RF
Drew Butera C

RHP Jeremy Guthrie (4-2, 4.75)
Guthrie  vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

WEATHER: Perfectly nice day for a holiday. Hope you’re able to spend some of it outdoors.

UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Mike Winters

MEMORIAL DAY: The Yankees are 23-19 on Memorial Day since 1971 (when the holiday was first celebrated on the last Monday in May following the National Holiday Act of 1971)They did not play on Memorial Day in 1973, 2004 or 2005, and they are 8-5 on Memorial Day since 2000. The Yankees are playing at home on Memorial Day for the first time since 2010 and the second time in the past 10 seasons.

TITLE DEFENSE: The Yankees are 1-2 against Kansas City this season. They went 12-7 vs. Boston in 2014, 3-3 vs. Detroit in 2013, 4-3 vs. Texas in 2012 and 7-2 vs. Texas in 2011. The last time the Yankees had a losing record to a team the year following that team’s A.L. pennant was in 1994, when they went 3-4 against the 1993 World Series champion Blue Jays. The Yankees are 87-58 (.600) vs. defending AL champions since 1996.

DELLIN IS DEALIN: Dellin Betances ?has pitched 24 innings without allowing an earned run. He has not allowed a hit in his opponents’ last 28 plate appearances (dating to his final batter faced on May 4), allowing just two walks — including one intentional — over the stretch. He has struck out 24 of his last 51 batters faced and 27 of his last 56. His 35 strikeouts are the most strikeouts by a pitcher prior to allowing his first earned run of the season in Yankees history (since the AL’s inception of earned runs in 1913).

UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Eovaldi put a couple of guys on base in the first, but he got through it with a fly to center. Scoreless after a half inning.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Two-run homer by Headley. The Yankees have a lead, and they have yet to make an out. Greatest offense ever.

UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: Five batters into the game: Double, home run, single, walk, home run. Yankees up 5-0 without making an out.

UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Yankees have sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning. Three have homered. Eight have scored.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Thirteen hitters to the plate in the first inning. Eovaldi has an 8-0 lead.

UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Even in an 8-0 game, a shutdown inning seems like a good sign. Eovaldi delivers a 1-2-3 second.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Three-run homer by Stephen Drew in the second inning. Still no outs this inning. Guthrie is out of the game. Yankees up 11-0. They’ve scored 11 runs and made three outs.

UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: End of the fourth. Still an 11-0 game. Each team kind of going through the motions at this point. Yankees seem a little more inspired on defense, actually.

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Two-out bloop single has the Royals on the board in the fifth.

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: RBI double for Headley pushes the Yankees lead to 12-1. Biggest offensive game for the Yankees since April 22.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: There’s the Yankees’ fifth home run of the game, and the first of Slade Heathcott’s career. All five homers today have been hit by lefties. It’s 14-1, matching the Yankees’ highest-scoring game of the year.

UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: Lindgren’s big league debut comes a half inning after Heathcott’s first big league homer.

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Game 33: Yankees at Rays05.11.15

CC SabathiaYANKEES (20-12)
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP CC Sabathia (0-5, 5.45)
Sabathia vs. Rays

RAYS (17-15)
Brandon Guyer CF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Forsythe DH
Joey Butler LF
James Loney 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Tim Beckham 2B
Rene Rivera C

RHP Alex Colome (2-0, 1.80)
Colome vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Starting to get pretty hot down here. Nice and cool in the dome.

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Adam Hamari, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Lance Barksdale

ROUGH MATCHUP: Evan Longoria has positively owned CC Sabathia. In 58 career at-bats against Sabathia, Longoria has hit .414/.528/.862 with six home runs, eight doubles, 13 walks and only five strikeouts.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Pineda was named American League Player of the Week after going 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays and Orioles. His 16 strikeouts last night were the highest single-game total in the Majors since Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez had 17 on April 26, 2013 against Atlanta.

ON THIS DATE: It was on May 11, 2006 that Hideki Matsui broke his left wrist against the Red Sox. His consecutive games played streak came to an end at 1,768 games (1,250 in Japan, 518 with the Yankees). his streak as a Yankee is the longest since Lou Gehrig.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez crushed a homer in the top of the first, then CC Sabathia looked awful in the bottom of the inning and was lucky to get away with just one run scored. Tied at 1 heading into the second.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Strong bounce-back inning for Sabathia who goes 1-2-3 in the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Three-run homer for Headley and the Yankees are up 4-1 in the middle of the fourth. Inning started with another Beltran hit. He’s been a lot better lately. Need CC to keep it here.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Second home run in as many days for Beltran. His solo shot has pushed the lead to 5-1 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Chase Headley was just caught stealing. By a lot.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Three-run homer by Gardner pushes the Yankees’ lead to 8-1 in the sixth. If the Yankees had scored this many runs in each of Sabathia’s starts, they would not have lost a single one of those games (one would have been a tie).

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Game 27: Yankees at Blue Jays05.05.15

Brian McCannYANKEES (16-10)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Gregorio Petit 3B

RHP Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.73)
Pineda vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (13-14)
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Russell Martin C
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
Chris Colabello LF
Ryan Goins SS
Ezequiel Carrera RF

RHP Marco Estrada (1-0, 0.84)
Estrada vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Pretty nice day out, but they’re going to be playing under a dome.

UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Toby Basner, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B Mike Estabrook

GOING DEEP: The Yankees have hit 33 home runs, third-most in the American League and fifth in the Majors (the Astros, Dodgers, Reds and Mariners have more). Mark Teixeira (9), Alex Rodriguez (6) and Chris Young (6) are the only set of three teammates with six or more home runs.

STILL HOT AS ELL: Jacoby Ellsbury has a seven-game hitting streak during which he’s 5-for-30 with five stolen bases and a 1.092 OPS. He has raised his season batting average from .282 to .347 over the stretch.

ON THIS DATE: It was on May 5, 1922 that the construction contract for Yankee Stadium was awarded to New York’s White Construction Company with the edict that the job be completed “at a definite price” of $2.5 million by Opening Day 1923. Just 284 working days later, the stadium hosted its inaugural game on April 18, 1923 when the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 4-1 in front of an estimated crowd of 74,200.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: I was watching on the press dining room TV when Gardner doubled in the first inning, but I was pretty stunned to see he got to second on that ball. Maybe it looked different in person, but on TV I thought it was nothing more than a single. Anyway, Gardner’s double and a two-run double by A-Rod have the Yankees in front 2-0 after a half inning.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Throwing error, then a botched attempt to catch a shallow fly ball. Couple of Blue Jays mistakes kept the inning going and set the stage for a two-out RBI single by Ellsbury. It’s now 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Really nice play by Didi.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Gardner’s range really saved the Yankees in the third. He got to a double in the corner quickly enough to keep a run from scoring, then he tracked down a fly ball in the corner to end the inning (barely keeping the ball in his glove in the process). Pineda is through three scoreless.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Long three-run home run by Teixeira for a 5-0 Yankees lead in the fifth.

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Game 25: Yankees at Red Sox05.03.15

Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Young, Brett GardnerYANKEES (15-9)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Adam Warren (1-1, 4.35)
Warren vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (12-12)
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Blake Swihart C

RHP Joe Kelly (1-0, 4.94)
Kelly vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN

WEATHER: Been a really nice day here in Boston. Starting to feel like spring again.

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Chris Guccione, 3B Cory Blaser

BEAN COUNTING: Including the current series, the Yankees have now won their past four series at Fenway Park dating to the start of 2014. It’s their longest such series win streak since taking four straight August 2011 to September 2012.?With a win tonight, the Yankees would have their first sweep in a series of three-or-more games at Fenway Park since taking five straight in 2006 (included one doubleheader).

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Yankees are 9-3 (.750) on the road this season, the Majors’ second-best road record (Houston has the best at 10-2, .833)

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: The Yankees are 12-1 when scoring first this season. They’re 3-8 when the opponent scores first.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Two-out, two-run homer by Teixeira has given the Yankees an early lead heading into the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Again with two outs, this time it’s McCann who delivers a two-run double to right-center. It was a good at-bat that ended with a great result. Joe Kelly’s pitch count is into the mid-60s still working through the third inning.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: And now Beltran has an RBI double. It’s 5-0.

UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Big double play to get through the fourth with that 5-0 lead intact. Warren is at 62 pitches. We have a replay challenge, but he looked out to me.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Well, what do I know? Call overturned and it’s runners at the corners with two outs and Sandoval at the plate.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Ground ball to short and Warren is through the fourth inning. Again. Still 5-0.

UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Warren is through five scoreless. He has a 3.51 ERA right now. He’s been good this year. Had that one awful inning in Detroit, but otherwise, he’s been good.

UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Gardy. Yardy. Three-run shot for an 8-0 lead in the sixth. That was Gardner’s second of the year.

UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Two-out double off the Monster for Ortiz and the Red Sox are on the board. It’s now an 8-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: Hanley Ramirez apparently thinks Adam Warren is trying to hit him in an 8-1 game.

UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Four straight batters reached with two outs in the sixth, and so Warren’s night is finished after 5.2 innings. He’s pitched exactly 5.2 in each of his past three starts.

UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Well, now it’s a ballgame. Rogers came out of the bullpen and allowed Mike Napoli’s second home run of the season. Napoli’s been brutal this season, but he just pulled the Red Sox within 8-5 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Just dumb. Because Hanley thought he was being hit on purpose — for some reason — Ellsbury needs to be drilled? I get the retaliation thing, I even like it, but in this case it was stupid. And also, if your going to hit Jacoby, do it on the first pitch. Don’t try and fail twice and then do it on a 3-0 pitch to the butt.

UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: David Carpenter finally got into a fairly important situation and got a double play to end the eighth. It’s still 8-5.

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Game 21: Yankees vs. Rays04.28.15

Chase Whitley

YANKEES (12-8)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Garrett Jones DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.12 in Triple-A)
Whitley vs. Rays

RAYS (11-9)
David DeJesus LF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Tim Beckham DH
Rene Rivera C

RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-1, 1.65)
Odorizzi vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: It’s a little cold, but nicer than last night.

UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Jim Joyce, 3B Greg Gibson

VIEW FROM THE TOP: The Yankees are alone in first place in the A.L. East for the first time since May 19, 2014. Also, let that be a reminder: The Yankees were in first place later than this last season. How’d that work out?

DEALIN’ DELLIN: Dellin Betances has not allowed an earned run in 11.1 innings this season. His 11.1 innings are the most among MLB relievers with 0.00 ERAs. Batters are hitless in their past 22 at-bats against him with one walk and 12 strikeouts. Betances is one away from his career-best hitless streak (0-for-23 in April 2014), according to Elias. He is tied for third in the Majors in strikeouts by a reliever.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 28, 1989 that Rickey Henderson hit the 36th leadoff home run of his career in a 3-1 win against the White Sox. The home run broke a tie with Bobby Bonds to give Henderson the most leadoff homers in baseball history.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Welcome back to the big leagues, Chase. There’s a 1-2-3 first inning for Whitley. Amazing thing is, he could pitch a completely game shutout tonight and he’d still be optioned to Triple-A tomorrow.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Yankees scored two quick runs in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, stole second, took third on an error and scored on a grounder. Teixeira and McCann had back-to-back doubles. It’s a 2-0 lead for Whitley.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: George King reports that Masahiro Tanaka is “believed” to have gone for tests on his right wrist today. It wouldn’t be all that unusual for him to have left the park early today — starting a day game tomorrow — but obviously a test on his wrist is something different altogether.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Whitley loads the bases with three soft singles but gets out of it with a relatively shallow fly ball to left and a routine ground ball to third.

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Game 20: Yankees vs. Rays04.27.15

Alex Rodirguez

YANKEES (11-8)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran DH
Chris Young RF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Adam Warren (1-1, 5.40)
Warren vs. Rays

RAYS (11-8)
David DeJesus DH
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Brandon Guyer LF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Tim Beckham 2B
Rene Rivera C

RHP Nate Karns (1-1, 5.32)
Karns vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: It’s a little cold, but not too bad. Can’t complain after last week in Detroit.

UMPIRES: Greg Gibson HP, Marvin Hudson 1B, Chad Fairchild 2B, Jim Joyce 3B

ALL THEY DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN:
Tonight is the Yankees’ eighth straight game against a team with at least a share of first place in its respective division. The Yankees?are 5-2 over the stretch. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the longest such stretch for the Yankees since eight straight games in June of 2011 against Boston, Cleveland and Texas (the Yankees went 6-2 in those games).

WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR: Yankees pitchers have a Major League-best 3.4 WAR according to FanGraphs (next-highest is Pittsburgh at 3.1). The Yankees are second in the A.L. and third in the Majors with 173 strikeouts (behind the Dodgers and Indians). According to FanGraphs, Yankees pitchers rank first in the A.L. and fifth in the Majors with a 3.27 FIP.

SAVINGS PLAN: Andrew Miller has seven saves, tying four others for the second-highest total in the Majors. He has joined Mariano Rivera (seven saves in the first 19 games of 2011) as the only pitchers to reach seven saves in 19 team games in Yankees history.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Infield single and ground-rule double have the Rays in business here in the first. Longoria up with a chance to do some damage.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Longoria struck out swinging. Loney grounded to first. Those are two huge outs to get Warren through the first inning scoreless.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: No milestone in the first inning. A-Rod pops out.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Warren is through five scoreless. He’s been pretty sharp since that first-inning jam. Of course, some run support would be nice.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Gardner walks in a run, giving Rodriguez a chance for a milestone grand slam, but A-Rod rolled over to third base and the Yankees will settle for a 1-0 lead in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Not the best throw of Stephen Drew’s life. Warren got the ground ball he needed, but the Yankees couldn’t get the out at the plate and the Rays have tied the game at 1 here in the sixth.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Wilson strikes out Loney and we’re into the bottom of the sixth with the game tied at 1.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Brian McCann has his second home run of the season and it’s a 2-1 Yankees lead in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: And there’s a double for Beltran.

UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Add a double by Drew it’s now a 3-1 Yankees lead heading into the seventh. Beltran and McCann have been keys to the offense tonight. That’s something new.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: After the hustle double by Gardner and an intentional walk to A-Rod, Headley is in to pinch run with one out in the seventh. There will be no milestone tonight.

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Game 14: Yankees at Tigers04.21.15

Chris Young, Joe GirardiYANKEES (6-7)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Gregorio Petit 2B

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 4.35)
Eovaldi vs. Tigers

TIGERS (11-2)
Anthony Gose CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Jose Iglesias SS

LHP Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 5.40)
Lobstein vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Still cloudy and rainy, but again it looks like the Yankees should be able to play this one.

UMPIRES: HP Will Little, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Tony Randazzo

CG FOR CC: Although he took the loss and didn’t have to pitch the ninth, CC Sabathia was credited last night with the first complete game by an American League pitcher in 2015. It was Sabathia’s 38th career complete game, most among active pitchers (next is Bartolo Colon with 35). He threw just 98 pitches, the fewest pitches by a Yankees starter in a non-weather-shortened complete game since Sabathia threw 97 pitches in another complete game loss, this one on April 22, 2010 in Oakland.

ON THE MARK: Last night Mark Teixeira hit his fourth home run of the season, giving him the second-most homers he has ever hit through 13 team games in his career (he had five in 2011). Teixeira has recorded an RBI in three straight games and eight of his last 10, making him one of five Major League hitters with an RBI in at least eight games this season, trailing only the Royals’ Salvador Perez and the Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud (nine games each). The last Yankees hitter with at least one RBI in at least eight-or-more of the club’s first 13 games was Derek Jeter (eight games) in 2012.

ON THIS DATE: On April 21, 2009, Andy Pettitte did not strike out or walk a batter in seven innings pitched as the Yankees win the first night game in the current Yankee Stadium. He became the first Yankee to pitch at least seven innings without a walk or strikeout since current Royals pitching Dave Eiland did so in 1991.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Yankees have a quick 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI single by Teixeira, who still has just one single this season.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Apparently Eovaldi learned from watching Sabathia last night. Two innings, two double plays. The most recent was a line drive back to the mound. Little lucky, but Eovaldi’s through two innings with a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: McCann tried to beat the shift and bunt for a hit, but it was too close to the mound and McCann was out to end the inning.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Really nice play by Stephen Drew to finish the fifth inning. Eovaldi pitched out of real trouble in the third, got double plays in the first, second and fourth, and the Yankees still have their 1-0 lead heading into the sixth.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Four double plays in six innings for Eovaldi.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Another home run for Young pushes the Yankees’ lead to 2-0 in the seventh. He’s been outstanding.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Stephen Drew with a home run as well this inning. Drew, Young, Teixeira and Rodriguez are all tied for the team lead with four homers apiece.

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Top of the seventh inning took approximately four hours and the Yankees got three runs out of it. They’re now up 4-0 with Eovaldi back on the mound.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Double, wild pitch and sac fly have the Tigers on the board, but the Yankees are still through seven innings with a 7-1 lead.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Leadoff double against Eovaldi in the eighth, but Betances came in to get three quick outs, two of them strikeouts. Gameday had his fastball at 94-96 mph. Looks a lot more like the Betances of last year.

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Game 13: Yankees at Tigers04.20.15

CC Sabathia, Alex RodriguezYANKEES (6-6)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP CC Sabathia (0-2, 5.68)
Sabathia vs. Tigers

TIGERS (10-2)
Rajai Davis CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
James McCann C
Jose Iglesias SS

RHP Alfredo Simon (2-0, 2.03)
Simon vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:08 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

WEATHER: Rainy all day, but the forecast suggests it might stay dry enough to actually play tonight. A few days ago, the forecast suggested there was not much chance of playing today. 

UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Will Little, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Phil Cuzzi

ONE THEY’LL MISS: The Yankees won’t face Shane Greene this week. Traded away in the Didi Gregorius deal, Greene last pitched on Sunday and has so far gone 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA through his first three starts this season.

SAVINGS PLAN: Andrew Miller has four saves through the Yankees’ first 12 games this season, marking the most saves through this point of a season by a Yankees pitcher other than Mariano Rivera since John Wetteland tallied five saves in the Yankees’ first 12 games of 1995. Miller is the first pitcher in Yankees history to record a save and at least three strikeouts in three consecutive relief outings.

GOOD MATCHUP: No Yankees hitter has more at-bats against Alfredo Simon than Mark Teixeira, and Teixeira is 6-for-14 with a home run against the Tigers’ starter. The current Yankees have collectively hit .297/.373/.453 against Simon. Yankees starter CC Sabathia’s had success against this current group of Tigers — they’ve hit .226/.286/.377 against him — but he’s had real trouble (no surprise) against Miguel Cabrera. In 29 at-bats, Cabrera’s hit .345/.417/.621 against Sabathia.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Teixeira continues his potent numbers against Simon with his fourth home run of the season. Now the Yankees also had a one-out double by McCann. They’re up 1-0 with Headley getting a chance to expand the lead here in the second.

UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Sabathia is through three scoreless. He’s allowed a couple of singles but has ultimately faced the minimum.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Another single for the Tigers, but another 1-2-3 inning for Sabathia who just got Miguel Cabrera to hit into another double play.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Impressive catch by Ellsbury in center followed by a nice catch by Gardner in left. Sabathia is through another scoreless inning having still faced the minimum through five.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Another double play, and Sabathia has faced the minimum through six.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: With two outs in the seventh, the Tigers are on the board after a sharp single got past Gregorius. Would have been a really impressive play, but the ball got under the glove for a single to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: And now another single for a 2-1 Tigers lead. Nothing but singles off Sabathia today (plus two really good catches on deep fly balls).

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Game 11: Yankees at Rays04.18.15

Alex Rodriguez, Joe GirardiYANKEES (4-6)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Gregorio Petit 2B

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 7.00)
Tanaka vs. Rays

RAYS (6-5)
David DeJesus DH
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria DH
Desmond Jennings CF
Allan Dykstra 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
Brandon Guyer LF
Rene Rivera C

RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-0, 0.61)
Odorizzi vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., FOX Sports 1

WEATHER: Hot enough outside that I’m happy to be inside.

UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B David Rackley, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Hunter Wendelstedt

STARTER SET: The Rays initially had a TBA starter for tomorrow’s series finale. They have now set right-hander Matt Andriese as the choice to start that game. The Yankees are scheduled to face two lefties during their upcoming four-game series in Detroit. They’re not lined up to face Shane Greene.

WHAT A RELIEF: The Yankees are second in the majors with 42 strikeouts out of the bullpen. The Dodgers are first with 45 relief Ks. The Yankees have a 2.44 bullpen ERA, which is third in the American League (that’s despite the brutal outing for the bullpen on Wednesday).

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 18, 1923 that Yankee Stadium held its inaugural game, a 4-1 win against Boston. Babe Ruth hit the stadium’s first home run, a three-run shot in the third inning.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Gardner with a single in his first at-bat. Stole second but was left stranded.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Scoreless first for Tanaka.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Yankees have two singles through three innings.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Tanaka is through three scoreless innings. His last fastball was clocked at 92 mph by the stadium gun.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Twelve in a row retired by Tanaka since a leadoff single in the first inning. Tanaka’s fastball got up to 93 mph in the fourth. He has four strikeouts.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Remember all of those warnings about not buying into spring training numbers? Chase Headley is another reminder. Looked great this spring, but he’s now a sub-.200 hitter to start the season.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Tanaka is really rolling now. Retired 15 in a row. Five of his past outs were strikeouts. Just got one on a split and one on a 92 mph fastball.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: There’s Gardner’s third stolen base of the year, all of which have come in the past eight innings.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: McCann just missed a home run by a matter of inches. He’ll take the two-out, two-run triple to put the Yankee sin front 2-0 here in the sixth inning. McCann is 8-for-13 in his career against Odorizzi.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Two more runs on four hits and a sac fly for the Yankees here in the seventh. Still just one out, two on and the heart of the order coming up. Gardner’s been on base three times in his return to the lineup.

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Grand slam for Chris Young. The Yankees have batted around and their only outs are a pair of sacrifice flies. They’re now up 9-0.

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Game 10: Yankees at Rays04.17.15

Adam WarrenYANKEES (3-6)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Adam Warren (0-1, 1.69)
Warren vs. Rays

RAYS (6-4)
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria DH
Desmond Jennings LF
Allan Dykstra 1B
Logan Forsythe 3B
Tim Beckham 2B
Bobby Wilson C

RHP Nate Karns (1-1, 4.97)
Karns vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Kind of cloudy outside, but perfectly nice under the dome.

UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Bob Davidson, 2b David Rackley, 3B Jerry Layne

FRESH FACE: I’m not entirely sure I’d ever heard of Rays starter Nate Karns until I put his name on the blog to list the pitching matchups for this series. I might not be alone. Only one Yankees player has ever faced him, and that’s Brian McCann, who’s 0-for-2.

ONE AWAY: Stephen Drew has 99 career home runs and needs one more to reach an even 100. According to Elias, he would join his brother J.D. (242 career homers) to become the eighth pair of brothers to each hit at least 100 homers in the big leagues. The others: Roberto and Sandy Alomar, Aaron and Bret Boone, Ken and Clete Boyer, Joe and Vince DiMaggio, Bob and Irish Meusels, Justin and Melvin Upton, and Delmon and Dmitri Young.

ON THIS DATE: Today marks the 64th anniversary of the first Major League game worked by public address announcer Bob Sheppard at Yankee Stadium on April 17, 1951. It was also Mickey Mantle’s first Major League game.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Wow. Rodriguez just crushed his third home run of the year. Deep shot to left-center for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second inning. Swung and missed at the first pitch, then clobbered the second.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Warren gets his first strikeout of the night and he’s through two innings scoreless.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: That A-Rod homer, by the way, officially measured at 471 feet. What a monster.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Third home run of the season for Stephen Drew. Gives him 100 for his career and gives the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Infield single, walk, and three-run homer off the foul pole. Just like that it’s a 3-2 Rays lead in the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Make that back-to-back homers, and now it’s 4-2.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: My goodness. Line drive home run for Rodriguez here in the sixth. It’s a two-run shot to tie the game. That’s his 61st multi-homer game, first since May 21, 2012. He’s now two away from tying Mays on the all-time list.

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