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Game 114: Yankees at Royals08.12.10

YANKEES (70-43)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C

LHP CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.14)
Sabathia vs. Royals

ROYALS (47-67)
Gregor Blanco CF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Alex Gordon LF
Mike Aviles 2B
Mitch Maier RF
Willie Bloomquist 3B

LHP Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.44)
Chen vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Mike Muchlinski

WEATHER: It’s Missouri. It’s hot and it’s humid. Just like I remember it.

NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT: None of the current Royals has ever hit a home run off CC Sabathia, but oddly enough, they’ve hit for a pretty solid average against the big lefty. As a group, the current Royals have a .289 career average against Sabathia and three guys with the most at-bats — Bloomquist, Butler and Kendall — have individual averages of .320, .360 and .381.

EXACTLY WHAT YOU EXPECT: As a group, the current Yankees have a career batting line of .309/.378/.612 against Bruce Chen. Mark Teixeira is coming back at the right time. He’s 9-for-14 with six home run against Chen. That’s a 2.071 slugging percentage.

THREE AWAY: Kerry Wood needs three strikeouts to reach 1,500 for his career.

MORE MILESTONES FOR THE CAPTAIN: With three hits last night, Derek Jeter passed Mel Ott for 38th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. According to Elias, Jeter now has the most hits for any player while playing for a New York team. He needs one more hit to tie Frankie Frisch for 37th all-time.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates until now. I’ve been wrapping up early stories for the paper, finally eating dinner and talking to Jason Zillo about hope week. In that time, Curtis Granderson got an RBI single in his first at-bat and Mark Teixeira had a sac fly.

Now Austin Kearns has gone deep, and Granderson has doubled in his second AB. Th Yankees are up 3-0 and Kevin Long is clearly a genius.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Back-to-back two-out hits have put the Royals on the board. Pretty good throw by Granderson, but he couldn’t beat Gordon to the plate. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: After botching it the first time, the Royals got a second time to turn a double play and got it done this time. It’s still a 3-1 lead.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Royals center fielder Gregor Blanco left the game with heat exhaustion and dehydration. He’s expected to play tomorrow.

UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Yankees take advantage of an error to build their lead to 4-1. If Sabathia doesn’t pitch a complete game, I’ll be surprised.

UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: Sabathia is at 100 pitches after eight innings.

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Game 94: Yankees vs. Royals07.22.10

YANKEES (59-34)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.13)
Sabathia vs. Royals

ROYALS (41-53)
Scott Podsednik LF
Jason Kendall C
David DeJesus CF
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mike Aviles 2B
Willie Bloomquist RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS

LHP Bruce Chen (5-3, 4.06)
Chen vs. Yankees

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

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Bill Miller, 2B Mike Reilly, 3B Chad Fairchild

WEATHER: Nothing but sunshine right now. Temperatures are still in the 80s, but for whatever reason it feels a little cooler than it did on Tuesday night. Very light breeze blowing out.

ON THE CHEN: Mark Teixeira has seven career hits against Royals starter Bruce Chen. Six of those have been home runs. That’s good for a 2.364 slugging percentage.┬áDerek Jeter is a career .393/.433/679 hitter in 28 at-bats against Chen. That includes two solo home runs.

THE YOUNG GUYS: Juan Miranda and Colin Curtis each hit home runs in the seventh inning yesterday. According to Elias, it was the first time two Yankees rookie hit a home run in the same inning since Sammy Byrd and Lyn Lary in 1929.

BIG INNING: Those two home runs gave the Yankees four runs in yesterday’s seventh. The team has scored at least four runs in an inning 33 times this season, the most four-run innings in the major leagues this season.

photoUPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: It’s kind of hard to see in my camera phone picture, but the Yankees unveiled a huge George Steinbrenner banner in right field. It’s underneath the Hess and Budweiser signs above the home bullpen.

UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Sabathia has never pitched well ever since that banner was unveiled. He just allowed back-to-back two-out hits to give the Royals a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Make that 2-0 on a two-out single by — of all people — Wilson Betemit. Good job by Brett Gardner, making a strong throw to second to get Betemit trying to stretch the hit into a double.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Nearly another Bruce Chen home run for Mark Teixeira. Instead he doubled and Alex Rodriguez followed with a two-run double to cut the lead to 2-2.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: And Sabathia gives the lead back to the Royals on three straight hits in the second. This Royals offense does one thing well — singles — and they’ve done that tonight for a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: That’s the second inside-the-park home run of Jeter’s career, his first since 1996 in Kansas City, when he drove in — of all people — Joe Girardi.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Whoa. What a throw by Brett Gardner to get Butler at the plate. That’s two outfield assists for Gardner. and the game’s still tied.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Sprained thumb for DeJesus. He’s not going to play the rest of this series.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: RBI double by Posada gives the Yankees a 4-3 lead.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Forgot to update when the Yankees made it 5-3, and that’s important now that I’ve seen one of the more bizarre sequences of the year.

After a one-out double, Sabathia was called for a balk that he disagreed with. That sent the runner to third, and on a strikeout-wild pitch, the runner got far enough off third base that Posada threw to third instead of first. The throw was bad, the runner scored and the batter got to second base on a strikeout. It’s now 5-4. What an odd day.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: After back-to-back walks, Sabathia is out of the game with one out in the seventh. It’s the first time he hasn’t pitched through the seventh inning since May 29.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: There’s No. 599 for Rodriguez. Yankees in front 6-4.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Umpires. Not always right.

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