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Cashman on C.J. Wilson: “He’s the most attractive candidate”11.04.11

Brian Cashman was just on the Dan Patrick Show, and he was asked whether C.J. Wilson is at the top of his offseason wish list.

“I’d say it’s fair to say C.J. Wilson is probably the best pitcher on the marketplace right now since Sabathia’s been taken out and retained here,” Cashman said. “I don’t think it’s a stretch to tell anybody that he’s the most attractive candidate.”

Obviously, in a public interview like this, it’s smart to take everything Cashman says with a grain of salt, but he’s also usually one to hedge on everything. He’s not necessarily a guy who makes declarative statements like that on a whim.

Cashman cautioned that putting Wilson at the top of the list is strictly because of performance and talent. It does not take into account the contract Wilson might be after.

“You have your priority list and how it looks,” Cashman said. “But then it gets rearranged by cost analysis.”

A few other highlights from Cashman’s 10 minutes or so on the show:

• Patrick asked twice about Albert Pujols. “I think he would be on anybody’s wish list,” Cashman said. “In our circumstances, our roster, he doesn’t fit… It’s not an efficient way to try to allocate your resources.”

• Cashman said he never heard from another team about becoming their general manager this offseason.

• Is is better to build a team specifically for the postseason? “I think the (regular season) long haul is a true reflection of what your team is,” Cashman said. “Our team, I don’t think, played up to its maximum potential in October, for that one week.”

• Despite the Phillies being knocked out this postseason, Cashman said his basic philosophy hasn’t changed. “I still think pitching is the key to the kingdom,” he said. “I think that’s the recipe you have to strive for. It doesn’t mean an automatic. Nothing does. But I think that’s the right way to go.”

• Cashman said bringing back CC Sabathia “was not a layup” and there were some nervous moments. “That’s never a fun process,” Cashman said. “But the resolution we’re really happy with, and we know he is.”

• Funny question from Patrick: Does Cashman believe his time with the Yankees will end when he retires or gets fired? “I would say that normally you get fired,” Cashman said, laughing. “I think it’s a healthy way to look at it. I think at some point, they usually tell you to go.”

Random bit of information: Cashman said he could most easily impress Patrick by showing him the Yankees conference room. It was built for draft preparation, and the walls are magnetic so that the Yankees can easily make lists and move names around. Right now, those walls are used to rank free agents by position. During the season, it has every team’s roster.

Cashman said there are five TVs — including one massive big screen — so the executives can watch five games at once, or they can pull up computer information on any of the screens. Cashman said his son plays X-box in there.

“That’s the wow room,” Cashman said. “When people come here, they’re going to get blown away by that.”

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Moving forward: The rotation10.10.11

Brian Cashman calls it the “key the kingdom,” and the game treats it as such. Starting pitching is the highest commodity in baseball these days, and the Yankees have made it a priority ever since the winter of 2008 when they signed CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, essentially setting the stage for the 2009 World Series.

It was a priority again last season, and it will be a priority again this winter.

That priority starts with Sabathia. If he opts out, as he’s expected to do, the Yankees will lose their ace. The top starter on the free agent market is C.J. Wilson, who’s been awfully good these past two years in Texas, but that’s the extent of his rotation experience. Sabathia is a proven commodity, even with his so-so last two months of the regular season.

Beyond Sabathia, the Yankees have Ivan Nova, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes returning. They also have Hector Noesi and a series of young, minor league starters who could compete for spots.

Otherwise, the Yankees have to choose their targets and decide who rounds out the group.

Freddy Garcia opened some eyes this season, and he could be worth a return trip the Bronx. Bartolo Colon’s second half should raise some red flags, but he certainly gave the Yankees more than they could have expected. It’s probably safe to say Brian Gordon’s time has come and gone.

Is Wilson just the guy to bring some left-handed balance, and a reliable No. 2 behind Sabathia? Is someone like Edwin Jackson worth a middle-rotation spot? Is someone like Rich Harden worth the health risk? Is there a pitcher on the trade market who’s worth dangling Jesus Montero?

Moving forward means answering those questions, but first things first, it means resolving the Sabathia issue and giving the team a legitimate No. 1.

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ALCS Game 5: Yankees vs. Rangers10.20.10

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

LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 7.20)
Sabathia vs. Rangers

RANGERS (3-1)
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vlad Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz LF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Matt Treanor C
Mitch Moreland 1B

LHP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 2.03)
Wilson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:07 p.m. ET / TBS

UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Tony Randazzo, LF Jim Reynolds, RF Angel Hernandez

WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 60s, dipping into the 50s. It’s cloudy with a some wind blowing out to left field.

ONE AWAY: If the Rangers win tonight, they will advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. This is the 50th season of that franchise (the Senators debuted in 1961 and moved to Texas in 1972). No franchise has taken longer to advance to its first World Series.

AVOID THREE STRAIGHT:  The Yankees have lost three consecutive home games in a postseason series since the 1942 World Series against St. Louis. The Yankees have never lost an ALCS Game 5 at home. The Rangers have played in only once Game 5 — in any round — in franchise history. That was the division series clincher against the Rays.

TWO FOR THREE: Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton have each hit at least three homers in this series. It’s the fourth time two different players have hit three home runs in the same ALCS. The Yankees have been involved in three of the four: In 1996, Darryl Strawberry and the Orioles Todd Zeile hit three homers apiece. In 2003, Jason Giambi and the Red Sox Trot Nixon had three homers. In 2008, Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, Dustin Pedroia and Carlos Pena all have three home runs.

BIRTHDAY’S REMEMBERED: Today is the birthday of both Mickey Mantle (1931) and Bob Sheppard (1910).

UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Very classy move by the Yankees, a moment of silence for Sheppard on what would have been his 100th birthday. Also, is everyone aware that this is an afternoon game? This place is empty.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: The Yankees said they wanted this game to feel like just another game. Mission accomplished. As Sam just said, this feels like mid-June getaway day against the Blue Jays. What little crowd is here just doesn’t seem into it.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: My bad on the early Rangers lineup. Forgot to update with Treanor instead of Molina.

UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: If Josh Hamilton goes 4-for-4 with four singles, the Yankees will be OK with that.

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: RBI single by Jorge Posada has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second. Wilson has already walked two in this inning.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: Make that 3-0 Yankees on an RBI single by Curtis Granderson and two defensive mistakes by the Rangers. Posada pushed the issue by trying to score on that throw that got past Young, and it became a run when Wilson rushed the throw home.

UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: The offense is showing some life today, and the now that the stadium has filled, the fans are showing some life as well. It’s 5-0 on back-to-back homers by Swisher and Cano.

UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: Attention Yankees first basemen: Be careful out there!

UPDATE, 5:55 p.m.: Huge at-bat right there. Hamilton has been a beast, and Sabathia got the double play that ended the inning, not the three-run home run that would have pulled the Rangers within one.

UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Nelson Cruz is out of the game. Not sure why.

UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Cruz is day-to-day with tightness in his left hamstring.

UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: Couple of walks, a double and a sac fly. The offense is finally having  a nice game. It’s 6-1 after five innings.

UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: The old setup outside, throw inside. It’s a trick that doesn’t work very often, but it got the Yankees out of the sixth with only one run scoring. That’s probably it for Sabathia, with Kerry Wood loose in the bullpen. This was kind of a Pettitte start for Sabathia: Plenty of base runners, but also plenty of huge pitches and double plays. He did what he needed to do, and it’s a 6-2 Yankees lead.

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ALCS Game 1: Yankees at Rangers10.15.10

YANKEES (0-0)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 4.50)
Sabathia vs. Rangers

RANGERS (0-0)
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz LF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Matt Treanor C
Jorge Cantu 1B

LHP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 0.00)
Wilson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m. ET / TBS

UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B Angel Hernandez, LF Fieldin Culbreth, RF Brian Gorman

WEATHER: It’s beautiful outside. Temperatures in the 70s. Big blue sky. No real chance of rain. A perfect way to start the LCS.

FEELING YOUNG: As a team, the Rangers have not hit CC Sabathia very well. There’s only one player on their ALCS roster who has a better than .222 career average against the Yankees ace. That one exception is Michael Young, who leads the team in Sabathia at-bats and has a .316/.325/.421 slash line against him.

GIVE AND TAKE: Combined, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Jorge Posada are 0-for-19 with eight strikeouts in their careers against C.J. Wilson. On the other hand, Derek Jeter, Marcus Thames, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano are a combined 20-for-59 with four doubles and two homers against him. This season, Wilson has held lefties to a .144 batting average.

A GOOD START: The Yankees have won the World Series every time they’ve swept a division series (1998, 1999 and 2009).

JETER AND BERNIE: Derek Jeter needs one run to tie Bernie Williams for the most ever scored in the LCS round of the playoffs. He needs one hit to tie Williams for the second most LCS hits. As for the playoffs in general, Jeter needs two doubles to tie Williams for the most postseason doubles of all time. He needs two home runs to tie Williams for the second-most postseason homers… With one run, Jeter would also become the first player to ever score 100 runs in the postseason.

OTHER MILESTONES: With one double, Jeter would surpass 15 players and tied Jorge Posada for the thrid-most LCS doubles of all-tiem. He needs one home run to tie Steve Garvey and Albert Pujols for the fourth-most LCS home runs… Tonight Posada will tie Kenny Lofton for the sixth-most LCS games ever played. Posada needs two doubles to tie Williams and Hideki Matsui for the most LCS doubles of all time… Alex Rodriguez needs one home run — like Jeter — to have the fourth-most LCS homers of all time.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Walk. Single. Home run. It’s a 3-0 Rangers lead before Sabathia has recorded a single out. Would have been tough to predict this kind of start.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Yankees might have caught a break there. Either way, Sabathia just had one of his most un-Sabathia innings and the Yankees are in an early hole.

APTOPIX ALCS Yankees Rangers BaseballUPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Cruz looked safe on the first replay shown here in the press box, but he definitely looked out on the second. I’m going to take credit for being one of the few people up here who said he was out after seeing the play live.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Another wild inning from Sabathia, but he got out of it with a ground ball from Kinsler to strand a runner at third. Sabathia is already approaching 70 pitches after three innings.

UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: Two more runs and a 5-0 Rangers lead after four innings. The Yankees had Joba Chamberlain getting loose that inning.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Here comes Joba. Sabathia is finished after four innings. That’s his shortest outing of the year.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Dustin Moseley getting loose for the Yankees. Wonder if the pitching plan beyond this inning depends on whether the Yankees get on the board against Wilson.

UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Robinson Cano has put the Yankees on the board. It’s 5-1 in the top of the seventh.

UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Better late than never for the Yankees, things have gotten interesting here in Texas. RBI single by Jeter, two-run single by Rodriguez. It’s now 5-4 with no outs and runners at first and second in the eighth inning.

UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Is everyone finding their way back up from the bottom of the ledge? Robinson Cano’s RBI single has tied the game, the go-ahead run is at third base and the Rangers are up to their fifth pitcher in this inning. That matches an LCS record. Does Ron Washington know it’s not September?

UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.: Washington’s choice is to go to the right-hander to almost certainly face Lance Berkman, or bring the lefty in to face Marcus Thames. He took his shot against Thames, and Thames delivered the go-ahead single. Yankees are up 6-5 and there are still no outs in the eighth.

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Postworkout notes: “We better worry about Game 1 first”10.13.10

ALCS Yankees Ready BaseballUp next for the Yankees is Rangers starter C.J. Wilson, a converted reliever who had a 3.35 ERA in his first full year as a Major League starter and pitched 6.1 scoreless innings in Game 2 of the division series. He’s a legitimate No. 2 starter who would have pitched his way into the No. 1 spot on a lot of teams.

On Wednesday, though, Wilson was a small part of the conversation after the Yankees final Bronx workout before flying to Texas. Certainly his name was brought up, but he was easily eclipsed by two things: Cliff Lee and the Rangers base running.

In finishing off the Rays in Tuesday’s Game 5, the Rangers ace once again stole the show, and it was the team’s aggressive base running — twice scoring from second on a ground ball — that gave them an early lead.

“As you saw last night in the first five innings, they stole three runs,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Obviously defensively we have a great challenge. We have to be heads up and we have to expect the unexpected from them.”

Said Girardi: “They’re more aggressive (than the Twins) on the basepaths. That’s a big part of their game. They’re more of a right-handed power lineup where the Twins were more split up. They’ve got a huge left-handed bat in Josh Hamilton. They’re going to throw a lot of big, powerful right-handers at you. They’re a much more aggressive club than the Twins are.”

And they have Cliff Lee.

The Yankees don’t need to be reminded of how good Lee has been in the postseason. They saw it first hand last year. Last night, he used his curveball more than usual, something all of the Yankees seemed to either notice or hear about.

“We know we’re going to face him,” Girardi said. “Their other guys threw the ball (well). C.J. Wilson, his start against Tampa was outstanding. It’s not like it’s going to get any easier. We’re not going to face him until Game 3, but we better worry about Game 1 first.”

ALCS Yankees Ready Baseball• Lee and CC Sabathia are old friends from their days in the Indians organization. So was Sabathia rooting for his buddy last night? “Sure,” Sabathia said. “You want your friends to pitch well and play well. Not so much in Game 3.”

• Did today’s workout feel different because the Yankees knew who they would be playing? “We all knew when we were going to be playing,” Nick Swisher said. “I think more than the team itself, we were ready for the opportunity and the time. You’ve got to take care of the things that you need to take care of. You can’t worry about how good the other team is or what they’ve accomplished. We feel like we’ve got a good team, and we’ve done that all year long by taking care of the things we need to take care of.”

• Girardi said the team had not decided whether Franciso Cervelli would catch Burnett. “That’s something that we’re going to talk about,” Girardi said. “The most we’re going to play is three days in a row, unless there’s some crazy rainout. I really haven’t gotten beyond the first couple of games as far as our schedule right now.”

• Even though the day was full of Cliff Lee questions, Girardi said he wasn’t worried about his players looking too far ahead. Several players — Swisher, Posada and Teixeira stood out to me — brushed off most of the Lee questions throughout the day. “I don’t think our guys have any focus on Game 3,” Girardi said. “These are professional guys that have been here, that know we’ve got to worry about Game 1. And I don’t think our guys are going to talk about Game 3, I really don’t, because our most important game right now is Game 1 and that’s what you worry about.”

• Mark Teixeira began his career with the Rangers and played in Texas for most of five seasons. Michael Young remains one of his best friends in the game. That being said, he was traded away as part of a rebuilding process, and that rebuilding has been pretty thurough. “It was actually more odd last year with the Angels because it was basically the exact same team that I left,” Teixeira said.

• Although Lee dominated most of the conversations, Wilson was certainly discussed this afternoon. “His style of pitching over the last couple of years has changed,” Swisher said. “He’s not throwing 96, 97 any more. He’s really spotting the ball. He’s pitching now. And I think he’s a lot tougher now. He’s really doing a good job of changing speeds, working the plate, staying down in the zone. The mistakes he does make, we’re going to have to take advantage of because it seems of late they’ve been few and far between.”

• The Yankees will workout in Arlington tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. central.

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Game 141: Yankees at Rangers09.10.10

YANKEES (87-53)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF

RHP Javier Vazquez (10-9, 5.01)
Vazquez vs. Rangers

RANGERS (77-63)
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
David Murphy LF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bengie Molina C
Julio Borbon CF

LHP C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.10)
Wilson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Alfronso Marquez, 3B Dan Iassogna

WEATHER: Temperature right around 90 degrees for first pitch, dipping into the mid to low-80s during the game. A few clouds overhead, but nothing to be concerned about. Wind is blowing out to left field.

GREAT AFTER EIGHT: The Yankees walk-off win on Wednesday was the team’s fifth win when trailing after eight innings. According to Elias, that ties Detroit and Toronto for the most such wins this season.

ANOTHER LEFTY: The Yankees face lefty C.J. Wilson tonight. They are 19-8 in their past 27 games against left-handed starting pitchers. They’re hitting .271 against lefties this season, the second-highest vLHP average in the American League behind Detroit. Their 56 homers are the most off left-handers by any team in the big leagues.

1 TO 11: Javier Vazquez needs one win to reach 11 for the season. This would be his 10th 11-win season, putting him in a group with Andy Pettitte (15), Jamie Moyer (15), Tim Hudson (11), CC Sabathia (10) and Tim Wakefield (10) as the only active pitchers with double-digit 11-win seasons.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Bases loaded, Brett Gardner went down swinging to end the second inning. C.J. Wilson’s command hasn’t been great, but he was able to get out of that jam without a run.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Amazing thing is how long it took the Yankees infield to realize Kinsler had been called safe on that steal attempt. He looked out by a foot from the press box, and the replay made it look like more like a foot and a half.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: The blown call has cost the Yankees a run, and now it’s 1-0 Rangers.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Have I mentioned that they hate Alex Rodriguez in this stadium? A-Rod just doubled in two runs to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the third.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Three straight two-out singles by Thames, Kearns and Cervelli have pushed the Yankees lead to 4-1 still in the third.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Trenton just wrapped up it’s first-round sweep, meaning the Yankees are assured of having an affiliate playing on Tuesday for Andy Pettitte’s next rehab start. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost today — a 1-0 game, wasting a good start from Kei Igawa — and now need to win two in a row to stay alive.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: The Yankees have chased Wilson from the game after three innings. Here comes Matt Harrison.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Well I was positive Swisher’s ball was out of the park. Positive. I was also wrong. Pretty nice catch by Borbon, who covers a lot of ground out there in center.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Borbon got a ball just past Mark Teixeira for a two-run double that has pulled the Rangers within 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth. A walk and a hit batter didn’t help matters. Vazquez had retired seven straight before a one-out walk started this rally.

UPDATE, 10:24 p.m: A bases-loaded walk gave the Yankees an extra run, but Alex Rodriguez struck out with the bases loaded to end the sixth and leave the Yankees in front 5-3.

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Borbon’s fourth RBI of the night — a career high — has pulled the Rangers within 5-4.

UPDATE, 10:41 p.m: Robertson let one inherited runner score, but it’s hard to fault a guy who just got three outs without letting the ball leave the infield.

UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Kerry Wood in to pitch the seventh. Does that mean Phil Hughes is going to pitch the eighth?

UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: After a 1-2-3 seventh for Wood, Chamberlain is up in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: First pitch from Chamberlain is a solo home run by Nelson Cruz. We’re tied in the eighth. From my friend Marc Carig, the last time Chamberlain pitched in the eighth inning with a one-run lead, he coughed up a grand slam to Jose Lopez.

UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Phil Hughes warming for the Yankees. He’ll pitch the ninth. Girardi said before the game that if Hughes gets loose, he’ll almost certainly come into the game. It would be interesting to see him do that if the Yankees actually take the lead here.

UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: Looks like Hughes remembers how to do this relief thing.

UPDATE, 12:22 a.m.: Bryan Hoch has all you need to know about the powers of Mariano Rivera. Hoch and Rivera were sitting together on a morning flight to Dallas.

UPDATE, 12:51 a.m.: Tying run at third — thanks to Chad Moeller of all people — but Derek Jeter grounded to first and Colin Curtis went down swinging. Now it’s Chad Gaudin in to pitch the bottom of the 12th.

UPDATE, 1:03 a.m.: The Rangers have established a new club record for pitchers used in a game. Scott Feldman is No. 11.

UPDATE, 1:06 a.m.: Infield single by Rodriguez, clean single to right by Cano and now Jorge Posada is up with runners at the corners and one out in the 13th.

UPDATE, 1:13 a.m.: Chad Moeller gave the Yankees a chance to take the lead earlier in this game. Now he’s up with the bases loaded in the 13th.

UPDATE, 1:16 a.m.: Moeller flied to center and we’re still tied. Still Gaudin on the mound.

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Game 112: Yankees at Rangers08.10.10

YANKEES (69-42)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Austin Kearns LF
Lance Berkman 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
Ramiro Pena 2B

RHP A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.93)
Burnett vs. Rangers

RANGERS (64-47)
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Jorge Cantu 1B
Bengie Molina C
Cristian Guzman 2B

LHP C.J. Wilson (10-5, 3.30)
Wilson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / MY9

UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Bill Hohn, 3B Gary Darling

WEATHER: It has cooled to 99 degrees. It’s hot. Really hot.

BRIDGE STABILITY: Dave Robertson has not allowed a run in his past 13 appearances, the longest such stretch of his career according to Elias. Boone Logan has retired 21 of the past 24 batters he faced, and Joba Chamberlain hasn’t been charged with a run in any of his past seven outings.

OUT OF TEXAS: Mark Teixeira will not play for the first time this season. He’s reached base in 53 of the past 55 games, dating back to June 6.

THREE OF THE BEST: Since it opened in 1994, the all-time leaders in home runs at this stadium are Rafael Palmeiro (130), Juan Gonzalez (115) and Ivan Rodriguez (108). Until Teixeira was scratched, this series was going to feature three of the next four on the stadium’s all-time list. Rodriguez has the fourth-most home runs at this stadium (96) followed by Hank Blalock (90), Teixeira (87) and Michael Young (87).

ACE IN SCRANTON: Alfredo Aceves threw two-thirds of an inning in his rehab start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He walked two, struck out one and allowed no hits. He was pulled after 19 pitches, 10 of them strikes. He was scheduled for one inning.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: You don’t see an overturned call very often, but it looks like they got it right in the end.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: I have finally emerged from the world of finishing early stories for tomorrow’s newspaper. Not surprisingly, the press dining room doesn’t have much left when you look for food in the fourth inning. Anyway, it’s still a scoreless game and the Yankees haven’t taken advantage of a pair of Rangers errors.

UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: As a general rule, I’m all for patient hitters who work the count, but I make an exception for Vlad Guerrero. I love watching that guy hack at everything.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Two-out RBI double by Nelson Cruz has given the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Nick Swisher matches the two-out RBI double and now the game’s tied again.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli just singled up the middle to score Austin Kearns and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: I’ve known Brett Gardner for a long time, and I think that’s the most frustrated I’ve ever seen him. He’s really been struggling lately, and he’s all too aware. Meanwhile, here’s Cano pinch hitting for Pena with two on and two out in the sixth.

UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Cano nearly got a single through the middle of the infield, but Andrus got to it and ended the inning with the Yankees leading 2-1.

UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: A good start for Burnett just came apart with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. A half inning after taking the lead, the Yankees now trail 3-2.

UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: The fans in Texas really don’t like Alex Rodriguez. He just went deep to center field to tie the game at 3.

UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Dave Robertson is dangerously close to allowing his first run since July 2. With a runner at third and two outs, he’s intentionally walked Mitch Moreland to face Andrus. This is the biggest at-bat of the game, obviously.

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