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Game 144: Yankees at Angels09.10.11

YANKEES (87-56)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez RF
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (19-7, 2.97)
Sabathia vs. Angels

ANGELS (79-65)
Maicer Izturis 3B
Peter Bourjos CF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Torii Hunter DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Mike Trout RF
Erick Aybar SS
Jeff Mathis C

RHP Dan Haren (14-8, 3.20)
Haren vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 9:05 p.m., YES Network / MLB Network

WEATHER: There’s something like a 20 percent chance of rain, which is pretty high for this place. Doesn’t seem too threatening, though.

UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Dan Bellino

CC BEING CC: CC Sabathia has become the first Yankees pitcher to win at least 19 games in three straight years since Vic Raschi had four straight seasons of at least 19 wins from 1948-51. Sabathia is looking to become the first Yankee to win at least 20 games in consecutive seasons since Tommy John in 1979-80.

THREE DOWN: The Yankees have lost three straight games. It’s their longest losing streak since dropping three consecutive games August 6-9. The current losing streak matches their second-longest of the season. The longest was six in-a-row in mid-May.

HORSESHOES AND SLOW DANCING: The Yankees have lost each of their last three games by one run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time the Yankees have had a streak of that kind since July 2-4, 1993 (4-3, 5-4 and 7-6 losses at Oakland). Each of their last three losses have come in their opponent’s final at-bat.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: The Angels had the bases loaded, but Sabathia got out of it with the game still scoreless. It’s 0-0 after one inning.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Hey look, Nunez caught one!

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Busted thumb for Martin? Really? This is turning into some pretty rough luck for the Yankees. Martin just took a foul tip to his throwing hand. Looks like it busted up his thumbnail. His warmup throws didn’t look great, but Martin’s staying in the game.

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Looked to me like Granderson took a bad first step on that ball, but I haven’t seen a replay to be sure. Either way, it’s an RBI double and the Angels are up 1-0 in the second.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Martin is coming out. Still no sign of who’s taking over behind the plate. Posada?

UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Big ovation from the Yankees fans here in Anaheim. Jorge Posada is the new Yankees catcher.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: High throw from Posada, but Cano made a nice play to get the out. Posada’s been in the game for a batter and a half and he’s already caught a runner trying to steal.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: That’s a nice little play by Chavez to end the third. It’s still a 1-0 game.

UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: CC is through the fifth, still with a 1-0 Yankees deficit. The Angels have seven hits, the Yankees have two.

UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out, Sabathia gets out of it with back-to-back ground balls to Chavez at third. He went home on the first one, then made a quick throw to first to end the inning (nice play by Teixeira to get the out). Still 1-0 heading into the seventh.

UPDATE, 11:22 p.m.: Mike Trout goes out and gets one, slapping/driving an RBI single to right field for a 2-0 Angels lead in the seveth.

UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: The Yankees are calling Martin’s injury a bruised right thumb. He has been taken for x-rays.

UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Sac fly, then a two-run homer by Mathis. George Kontos is now warming for the Yankees with a 5-0 deficit.

UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: After a double, here’s Kontos for his big league debut.

UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: Of course Posada got a hit. Of course he did.

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Game 114: Yankees vs. Angels08.09.11

YANKEES (69-44)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.54)
Burnett vs. Angels

ANGELS (63-52)
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Abreu DH
Torii Hunter RF
Mark Trumbo 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Peter Bourjos CF
Jeff Mathis C

RHP Dan Haren (12-6, 2.81)
Haren vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: Could be hit or miss all night, but for now the rain has stopped and we seem to be in good shape.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Mike Muchlinski, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Mike Everitt

BACK HOME: The Yankees are 37-22 at home this season. That’s tie with Boston for the fourth-best home record in the Majors. They’ve won three straight at Yankee Stadium and have gone 24-10 at home since a six-game home losing streak in mid-May.

FOR STARTERS: The Yankees are 19-18 in series openers this season. They’ve won five of their past six openers, and have gone 25-12 in the second game of series.

EIGHTH-INNING GUY: From the moment Rafael Soriano threw his final pitch before going on the disabled list, Dave Robertson has allowed four earned runs in 32 appearances. In that time he’s thrown 30.2 innings with 17 hits, 16 walks and 50 strikeouts.

GO, GO GARDY: Brett Gardner is 30-for-34 in stolen base attempts since May 20. He has 121 steals so far, the third most in Yankees history for a player in his first four years in the big leagues. Ben Chapman stole 140 in his first four years in the 1930s and Fritz Maisel stole 154 in his first four seasons in the 1910s.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Granderson just clubbed a ball to right, a solo homer for a 1-0 lead. That was his 29th of the season. I think he has a solid chance of hitting 30 this season.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: The big board in center tells me that Howie Kendrick leads all active big leaguers with a .350 career average against the yankees.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: You know those ropes that surfers use to keep their boards from getting away from them in the ocean? Brett Gardner should put one of those on his bats.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Pretty nice catch by Swisher in right. He might be underrated defensively. I don’t want to suggest he’s a great defender, but I think he’s perfectly fine out there. More range than you might expect, and he has enough arm for the spot.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Burnett gives up a solo homer to Abreu to tie the game at 1. This has been a nice game from A.J., but the Yankees haven’t done much of anything against Haren.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Two-out walk has loaded the bases for the Angels in the sixth. Pivotal at-bat for Burnett right here. Jeff Mathis is hitting just .180. Burnett has to get him out to keep the Angels from taking the lead.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Ground rule double on an 0-1 pitch. It’s a 3-1 Angels lead, and a positive Burnett outing is crumbling.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Wild pitch on a bad curveball, and it’s now 4-1 Angels as Burnett gets out of the sixth with a fly ball to right.

UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: Three-strikeout inning by Cory Wade. He’s very quickly locking up a spot in next year’s bullpen, or at least making a strong case.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Little bit of life from the Yankees offense with three straight two-out base hits in the seventh. Martin doubled, Nunez singled him home, and now Jeter has singled to put runners at the corners and chase Haren. Jeter’s coming to the plate with two outs and two on. Gardner’s speed means a base hit could be enough to tie it.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Gardner steals second and Jeter lines a single to center. That’s enough to tie the game at 4.

UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: With a lefty on the mound, Andruw Jones is pinch hitting for Chavez. The Yankees are clearly looking for a home run here with two outs and a runner at first.

UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: No homer for Jones, but he keeps the line moving with a single to left. Here’s Martin, the guy who started that seventh-inning rally.

UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Martin grounds to short, and that’s that. Still 4-4 with Rivera coming in to pitch the ninth.

UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: Abreu’s second homer of the night is a two-run shot in the ninth off Rivera. Angels back in front, Yankees with a half inning to get it back.

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Pregame notes: “I love my family — all my family”06.03.11

Alex Rodriguez offered neither apology nor denial this afternoon. His cousin Yuri Sucart was with Rodriguez in California this week, and Rodriguez said he has no plans of cutting ties with his controversial relative.

“There are no rules that are being broken,” Rodriguez said. “He stays at his own place. The team is fully aware. He’s not on the team bus, not on the team plane, not in the clubhouse, not at the stadiums. We’re compliant with all the rules. One thing I learned a few years ago were my responsibilities, and they’re very clear… He’s been with me since I was born and I love him very much. He’ll be around for many, many years – well after I’m done playing baseball.”

Rodriguez said neither the league nor the team contacted him to discuss Sucart’s presence this weekend. Joe Girardi said he had no problem with the two still spending time together, even after Rodriguez admitted that Sucart helped him acquire performance-enhancing drugs several years ago.

“I just thought, well, his cousin showed up,” Girardi said. “I know there’s history there, and I think it’s important as people that we don’t turn our back on family. We’ve all had family members — or it could have even been us — that have done things that haven’t necessarily been the right thing to do, but I don’t think you turn your back on family. And I really didn’t think much of it.”

Rodriguez didn’t go into many detail about his current relationship with his cousin, except to say that Sucart works for him and the two watched the NBA Finals together this week. Any concern that continued association makes it more difficult to put the steroid story behind him?

“There’s nothing popping up,” Rodriguez said. “My mom is coming in next week, my daughter is coming in in a couple weeks. I’m not really concerned. I’m really crystal clear on my responsibilities, both with this team and personally. I love my family — all my family — very much, and I’m very good with where I stand today.”

Here’s Rodriguez.

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• The Yankees must have gotten some good news on Eric Chavez. Girardi said it’s possible Chavez could begin baseball activities next week. “We’ll have to evaluate him when we get home on Tuesday,” Girardi said. “But hopefully we can start doing some BP and maybe throwing and maybe even taking some ground balls.”

• Speaking of injured players on their way back, Phil Hughes is still on schedule to face hitters tomorrow. He’ll go through a normal pregame warmup, then throw essentially one simulated inning. Girardi said he wasn’t sure exactly how many pitches Hughes would be allowed to throw.

• Girardi said he will not announce his rotation for the upcoming Red Sox series until after this weekend series against the Angels.

• Speaking of rotation decisions: The Angels have decided to skip Dan Haren tomorrow. Haren felt some lower-back stiffness during a bullpen on Wednesday.

• Girardi on today’s Angels starter, Jered Weaver: “He’s right up there. He’s got deception because of his windup. I think he hides the ball really well. Look at his hits per innings, he’s given up 60 hits in 80 innings or whatever, and he’s a strikeout guy and he doesn’t walk people. He’s not going to beat himself, and he fields his position, so he’s tough.”

• Girardi said that by the end of the Oakland series, he felt like he needed to have some of his relievers throw just to get work. That’s why Boone Logan got loose in the ninth inning on Wednesday.

• This is the eight-year anniversary of Derek Jeter being named Captain. “There’s an expectation when you play with Derek to win every day,” Girardi said. “And he does a lot of his work by just example. He’s going to talk to guys one-on-one, but you know that when you come into a clubhouse that Derek’s in, there’s the expectation that we need to win every day, and I think that’s the way he plays the game.”

Associated Press photos

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Postgame notes: The other milestone07.24.10

Royals Yankees BaseballYankees trainer Gene Monahan usually writes the inscriptions on milestone baseballs. First major league hit, first major league win or — just maybe — 600th major league home run.

He wrote on a baseball tonight, but not for Alex Rodriguez. On the night most of Yankee Stadium was waiting for Rodriguez to go deep, Jorge Posada doubled in a run in the first inning for his 1,000th career RBI.

“It’s a veteran team, and a lot of things can happen every day,” Posada said. “Balls are going into the dugout and Geno’s going, what is this for? He’s getting abused every day.”

Joe Girardi knows the rigors of being an every day catcher in the major leagues, and he was impressed. “That’s a big accomplishment,” he said. But it was Francisco Cervelli who seemed genuinely thrilled for the guy who usually starts ahead of him.

“I feel happy,” he said. “It’s like this thing happened to me.”

Royals Yankees Baseball• Here’s Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall on the possible Dan Haren trade: “Definitely no clear frontrunner,” he told The Arizona Republic. “They (the Yankees) are involved like others. Nothing imminent.”

Here’s a link to the kind of package the Diamondbacks are said to be looking for. Apparently it comes down to a major league ready pitcher plus a prospect or two.

• Alex Rodriguez did not talk after the game, but Girardi said he was happy with A-Rod’s approach. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and two singles. He broke his bat in his final at-bat. The crowd here went nuts when Mark Teixeira drew a walk to bring Rodriguez to the plate with two outs in the eighth. “I don’t think he necessarily hears it when he gets focused in on the pitch and the ball coming,” Girardi said. “But standing on deck there, you have to be able to hear it.”

• A.J. Burnett was really good tonight. He didn’t have his curveball early, “but I’ve got to keep calling it,” Cervelli said. He threw just 58 pitches before the rain delay. “I was able to find my hook toward the end and had decent control of my fastball,” Burnett said. “If I could have carried that on, maybe it would have been a fun night all around. But we’ll take it.”

• Did Burnett come out of the game willingly after an hour-and-25-minute delay? “No, I begged,” he said. “I knew what the answer was going in there.”

• Granted, it was a shortened outing, but this was the fifth time Burnett held an opponent scoreless this season. That’s the most of all the Yankees starters.

• Mark Teixeira was hitless, but he was hit by a pitch and drew a walk. He’s now reached base in 39 straight games. It’s the longest streak by a Yankees since Rodriguez reached in 53 straight back in 2004.

• Posada is the 12th Yankee to reach 1,000 RBI.

• Girardi thought about taking Rodriguez out of the game in the top of the eighth, but left him in just in case he got to the plate in the bottom half. “If this milestone were out of the way, I probably would have pulled him in the eighth,” Girardi said.

Associated Press photos of Rodriguez’s last at-bat, and Derek Jeter in the field.

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Game 71: Yankees at Diamondbacks06.22.10

YANKEES (43-27)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Andy Pettitte LHP

LHP Andy Pettitte (8-2, 2.47)
Pettitte vs.Diamondbacks

Kelly Johnson 2B
Cole Gillespie LF
Stephen Drew SS
Justin Upton RF
Chris Young CF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Chris Snyder C
Dan Haren RHP

RHP Dan Haren (7-5, 4.71)
Haren vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 9:40 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Wally Bell, 1B James Hoye, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B John Hirschbeck

WEATHER: The dome is closed, but it’s still a little warm in here. Phoenix is just a hot place to be, but I like it.

CANO STAT OF THE DAY: Robinson Cano got his 100th hit in his 274th at-bats last night. Only three players have reached 100 hits in fewer at-bats with the Yankees since 1973: Paul O’Neill in 1994 (264 ABs), Dave Winfield in 1984 (266) and Derek Jeter in 1999 (267). That’s an awfully good list.

PLACE IN HISTORY: Andy Pettitte has 2,494 innings pitched as  Yankee and needs three innings to tie Lefty Gomez for fourth place on the Yankees all-time list. Only Whitey Ford, Red Ruffing and Mel Stottlemyre have pitched more.

TRIPLE THREAT: When Nick Swisher tripled last night, it gave the Yankees 19 triples for the season, the most in the American League and the third-most in the majors. Brett Gardner has four triples, Swisher has a career-high three triples and Francisco Cervelli also has three, the most by a Yankees catcher since Joe Girardi had four in 1998. Nine different Yankees have at least one triple this season: Gardner, Cervelli, Swisher, Granderson, Rodriguez, Cano, Jeter, Miranda and Winn).

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Disregard those pregame notes about Derek Jeter not hitting and Alex Rodriguez not hitting home runs. It’s a 2-0 Yankees lead on a Jeter single and a Rodriguez two-run homer.

UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Before the game, Joe Girardi said the Yankees had to be careful pitching to Dan Haren, who came into the game hitting .425. His two-out, two-run single has tied the game.

UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Dan Haren now has his second six-game hitting streak of the season.

UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez looks like just as good a hitter as Dan Haren. His RBI single has put the Yankees back in front, 3-2. With two outs, the Yankees got hits from Swisher and Teixeira to set up Rodriguez’s base hit.

UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: This guy Andy Pettitte, he might have a future in this game. He’s retired the past seven Diamondbacks. And now he has a base hit.

UPDATE, 11:32 p.m.: Pettitte is through six with only the Haren single doing any damage.

UPDATE, 11:43 p.m.: We haven’t seen a good replay here in the press box, but I really thought Gardner was safe on that stolen base attempt. Maybe I was wrong. Doesn’t matter. The inning’s over, still a 3-2 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: A lot of Yankees fans in the house, and they’re getting loud here in the eighth inning. Jeter, Swisher and Teixeira have started the inning with hits, building the lead to 4-2 still with no outs.

UPDATE, 12:02 a.m.: RBI single by Cano. Bases still loaded. Still no outs. Yankees ahead 5-2.

UPDATE, 12:10 a.m.: Welcome to the big league Colin Curtis. He just smoked the ball for a two-run double and his first big league hit.

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: How good has Andy Pettitte been this season? He allowed two runs through seven innings and his ERA actually went up from 2.47 to 2.48.

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