Game 84: Yankees at Indians • 07.05.11
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP CC Sabathia (11-4, 3.05)
Sabathia vs. Indians
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana 1B
Orlando Cabrera 3B
Grady Sizemore CF
Austin Kearns RF
Cord Phelps 2B
Lou Marson C
RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 3.54)
Carrasco vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Another beautiful day in Cleveland. Clear blue sky. Wind blowing from left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Mike Estabrook
WINNER: CC Sabathia has 168 career wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the most victories for a pitcher before his 31st birthday since Catfish Hunter had 202 wins on the morning of his 31st birthday in 1977.
JUST TAKES ONE: Mark Teixeira broke up Josh Tomlin’s no-hitter with a seventh-inning since last night. According to Elias, it was the second time Teixeira broke a no-hitter in the seventh inning or later. He also did it with Atlanta in 2008 when he had the only hit –- an eighth-inning double — off the Dodgers Hiroki Kuroda.
ON THIS DATE: On July 5, 1951, Hall of Famer Goose Gossage was born. He went on to have a 2.14 ERA in 319 games with the Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Infield single for Jeter, but he’s left stranded in the top of the first.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Dugout high fives all around for Brett Gardner, who’s takeout slide kept the Indians from turning a double play and let the Yankees take a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: One of Jeter’s hardest-hit balls of the year is a two-out, two-run double in the second. It’s now 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: The Yankees are officially beating up on Carlos Carrasco. They’ve had four straight hits since Gardner broke up that double play. Granderson homered, now Teixeira and Rodriguez have singled to bring up Cano, who led off this inning.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Cano flies to deep center field to end the inning. It’s a 5-0 Yankees lead heading into the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: The air just went out of this place. Asdrubal Cabrera just landed funny on his ankle while making a jump throw to second base. He’s being checked on the field.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Looks like Cabrera’s staying in.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Gardner is 2-for-2 with a walk and just grabbed his 21st stolen base of the season. Jeter followed with a fly out to center. He’s 2-for-4.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Sabathia gets out of the fifth with three straight strikeouts. The big man is good. By the way, I guess a previous update didn’t work for some reason: Granderson has exceeded last year’s home run total with his 25th of the season. He’s five away from his career-high. He’s not as big as CC, but Granderson’s pretty good too.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Sabathia really knows how to turn it up when he needs it. That’s 11 strikeouts for the non-all-star.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: The Yankees are pulling away with two runs in the eighth. They’re up 8-0 and still hitting with one out and runners at the corners.