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Game 16: Yankees at Tigers04.23.15

Masahiro TanakaYANKEES (8-7)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.94)
Tanaka vs. Tigers

TIGERS (11-4)
Anthony Gose CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Hernan Perez SS

RHP Anibal Sanchez
Sanchez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Cold. It’s just cold.

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

YOUNG GUN: Among players with 40 or more plate appearances this season, Chris Young leads the American League in slugging (.816) and OPS (1.258) and is third in the Majors in OPS behind Adrian Gonzalez and Joey Votto. He?leads the Yankees in batting average, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS.

FIRST TIMERS: Only two Tigers have ever faced Masahiro Tanaka. Yoenis Cespedes is 3-for-5 and Anthony Gose is 0-for-3.

BAT OFF THE BENCH: Mark Teixeira has recorded an RBI in five straight games, 10 of his last 12, and 10 of his 14 games played this season. He is the only Major Leaguer with an RBI in at least 10 games this season. Since 1993, the only other Yankees hitter with at least one RBI in 10 or more of the club’s first 15 games was Alex Rodriguez (13 games) in 2007.

ON THIS DATE: On April 23, 1903, the New York Highlanders got the first win in franchise history with a 7-2 victory at Washington. Harry Howell was the winning pitcher.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Sac fly gives the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Best-case scenario, Gardner thought there was a chance of a bad throw to first and was trying to avoid a possible tag at the bag. Worst case scenario, he still believes sliding head-first is the quickest way to reach first base. Either way, the Yankees left two stranded in the third and it’s still a 1-0 Tigers lead.

UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Yankee scored too many runs last night. Didn’t save any for today.

UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Well, the Yankees are on the board with a two-out balk in the sixth inning. It was strange even by balk standards, but the Yankees capitalize to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: I assume Girardi’s thinking the Tigers would walk either Teixeira or Rodriguez if one of them pinch hit against Gorzelanny.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Yankees catch a break with Drew drawing a walk. They get to hit Teixeira for Gregorius with two on and two outs here in the seventh.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Teixeira flies to deep right field to leave the two runners stranded. Yankees still have just one hit (a Chris Young single). Tigers have just two hits.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Another really good start for Tanaka. He had retired 18 of 19 before allowing a one-out double here in the seventh. Now a walk has chased him from the game and Justin Wilson is coming in from the bullpen. Still tied at 1.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Wilson and Betances got the Yankees out of the seventh, now Ellsbury has started the eighth with a double and the yankees are in business.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Yankees cash in with a sac bunt and an RBI grounder to first. Tigers might have been able to turn two on the ground ball, but it was hit hard and Cabrera couldn’t make the initial play. It’s a 2-1 game with Betances heading back to the mound.

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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 12: Yankees at Rays04.19.15

Michael PinedaYANKEES (5-6)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Garrett Jones RF
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 5.11)
Pineda vs. Rays

RAYS (6-6)
David DeJesus DH
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Desmond Jennings CF
Allan Dykstra 1B
Brandon Guyer LF
Tim Beckham 2B
Rene Rivera C

RHP Matt Andriese (0-0, 3.86)
Andriese has never faced any of the Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:10 p.m., WPIX

WEATHER: One last game under a roof before we head to rainy Detroit.

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

DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN: If the Yankees win today, it would give them their first series sweep at Tampa Bay since a three-game sweep September 13-15, 2005. It would be their first series sweep against anyone since taking three straight from the White Sox last August.

THROWING STRIKES: Because of guys like today’s starter Michael Pineda, the Yankees have the highest strikeout-to-walk ratio of any rotation in the American League (61 strikeouts, 15 walks) and the fifth-best in the Majors.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 19, 1960 that Roger Maris made his Yankees debut on Opening Day in Boston. He went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double and four RBI, setting the stage for his first of two consecutive A.L. MVP awards.

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: Single, balk, sac fly, walk and sac fly. The ultimate in small bites has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Rare walk to start the game for Pineda, then a two-run homer. Rays in front 2-1.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Ellsbury opens the third inning with his second hit of the day, but he’s caught stealing. Now Gardner has a hit to bring A-Rod up with only one on, not two.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Double by Alex. Second and third with one out for Teixeira.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Teixeira grounds to second for an out and RBI, then Headley singles softly up the middle for a 3-2 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Brian McCann had the team lead in triples for less than 24 hours. He’s now joined at the top of the leader board by, of all people, Garrett Jones.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Sac fly by Murphy and it’s a 4-2 Yankees lead in the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Pineda is through four innings with the 4-2 lead intact.

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: If Rodriguez’s bat hadn’t cracked on that swing, he would have had his fifth homer of the year. Instead it’s caught short of the wall. The two teams traded runs in the fifth and now it’s 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

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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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Game 9: Yankees at Orioles04.15.15

Nathan EovaldiYANKEES (3-5)
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 Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 5.06)
Eovaldi vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (4-4)
Alejandro De Aza RF
Everth Cabrera SS
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Caleb Joseph C
David Lough LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B

RHP Bud Norris (0-1, 24.00)
Norris vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Still a bit cloudy, but yesterday’s rain is gone.

UMPIRES: HP Sean Barber, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Cary Cederstrom

QUITE THE CHANGE: Yesterday the Orioles moved Everth Cabrera into the leadoff spot, possibly as a response to the fact Cabrera had terrific career numbers against starting pitcher CC Sabathia. Today, it’s quite a different matchup for Cabrera. He’s 1-for-9 with three strikeouts in his career against Eovaldi. No other active Orioles hitter has ever faced Eovaldi in the regular season.

GOOD MATCHUP: Not a bad time for Brett Gardner to be nursing a mild injury. He’s a career .200 hitter against Orioles starter Bud Norris. Many of his teammates have been much, much better. Carlos Beltran (.333/.357/.519 in 27 at-bats), Garrett Jones (.269/.333/.500 in 26 at-bats), Stephen Drew (.368/.500/.737 in 19 at-bats), and Chase Headley (.412/.474/.765 in 17 at-bats) have had a lot of success in a fairly large sample size.

HIT PARADE: Mark Teixeira has at least one hit and one RBI in each of his past five games, his longest such streak since six games in May of 2011. It’s the longest streak of its kind in the A.L. this season and is tied with Colorado’s Corey Dickerson for the longest in the Majors this year.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Three singles in the first inning have the Orioles on the board. A two-out RBI by Chris Davis has them in front 1-0.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Girardi has stuck with Carlos Beltran in the No. 3 spot, and here he’s delivered a two-out, two-run single to put them in front, 2-1, in the third inning. The entire rally came with two outs, starting with an Ellsbury double, then a Headley walk, then the Beltran big blow.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Didn’t really have a problem with the Jones ball up the middle being ruled a hit rather than an E-6. Ultimately doesn’t matter as Eovaldi is through the inning with his sixth strikeout of the night. That’s big for him.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Absolutely no-doubt homer for Rodriguez here int he fourth. That’s his second of the season. It’s now 3-1.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Machado takes Eovaldi deep to pull the Orioles within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Joseph followed with a single. He’s had a nice series.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Huge out for Eovaldi to get out of the fourth inning with the bases left loaded. Could have been bad.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Gregorius with a steal after a fifth inning single. Headley not remotely happy with home plate ump Sean Barber. Twice Headley thought he took ball four only to be called for strike two and strike three.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Ninth strikeout of the night is a huge one for Eovaldi, getting him out of the fifth with the lead still intact.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Carpenter’s been good this season, but he just allowed a leadoff homer in the sixth to tie the game at 3.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Eovaldi limited damage and got out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, but here in the sixth, David Carpenter and Justin Wilson have lost control of the game. Wilson just allowed back-to-back RBI hits against the two batters he faced. A go-ahead single by pinch hitter Delmon Young, then a two-run double by Chris Davis. It’s suddenly a 6-3 Orioles lead. Game has turned considerably.

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Carpenter, Wilson and Martin were each acquired this season to keep the bullpen deep and strong. Tonight they’ve turned a one-run lead into a 7-3 deficit in a span of a half inning.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Popup bunt the pitcher for a 1-5 double play while walking off the field. Probably not quite the way Pinder thought he would finish his first big league inning.

UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Two runs in the eighth for the Yankees, with Teixeira delivering the big hit with a double. Would have been more runs but Adam Jones made a great running catch.

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Game 8: Yankees at Orioles04.14.15

CC SabathiaYANKEES (3-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones DH
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 6.35)
Sabathia vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (3-4)
Everth Cabrera SS
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Steve Pearce 1B
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Alejandro De Aza LF

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 1.59)
Gonzalez vs Yankees

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

WEATHER: Been rainy all day, but looks like there’s a solid chance they’ll get this game in.

UMPIRES: HP Cary Cederstrom, 1B Sean Barber, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Lance Barksdale

TOUGH MATCHUP: Orioles shortstop Everth Cabrera has just four career at-bats against CC Sabathia, but he’s had success with those opportunities. He’s 4-for-4 with a triple.

GRAND TIME: Last night, Stephen Drew hit a pinch-hit go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam by a Yankee since Jorge Posada on June 6, 2001, which was also against Baltimore (off Mike Trombley). According to Elias, since 1980, the only Yankees other than Drew to hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam are Glenallen Hill (2000) and Jorge Posada (2001).

ON THIS DATE: Sixty years ago today, Elston Howard became the first black player in Yankees history when he made his MLB debut on April 14, 1955. The two-time Gold Glove Award-winning catcher contributed to nine pennants in his first 10 seasons with the club. He was the winner of the 1963 American League MVP and was elected to the All-Star Game in nine different seasons (1957-65).

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Two quick outs for Sabathia, then a solo homer by Adam Jones.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Couple of two-out base runners for the Yankees in the second inning, but Gregorius went down swinging. If there’s an upside, it might be that Gonzalez has already thrown 38 pitches.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: The Yankees know CC can’t move very well and might not be able to cover first base very often. Might have cost them a double play opportunity here in the second inning.

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Slow roller that Sabathia couldn’t get to very quickly, and now it’s two on with two outs for De Aza.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Sabathia’s through the inning without any damage done. This is why the Yankees say they’re OK with him not moving very well. It’s obviously not ideal — costs him pitches and creates some risk — but the Yankees feel he can ultimately pitch his way out of being hurt by that shortcoming.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Sabathia’s first walk of the year comes back to hurt him. A soft single moved the runner to third and a sac fly brought him in to score. It’s now 2-0 in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Infield single. Wild pitch. Two strikeouts. Two-out, RBI single to right. This is looking more and more like Sabathia’s first start of the year. Other than the home run, he really hasn’t been hit hard, but he’s allowed three runs on five hits.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Two-out RBI double for Teixeira puts the Yankees on the board and cuts the lead to 3-1 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Second extra-base hit Sabathia has allowed this season was a leadoff triple in the seventh inning. Ellsbury nearly made a diving catch, but he couldn’t get there and a sacrifice fly brought in the fourth Orioles run of the night. This start feels a lot like Sabathia’s first start of the year.

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Couple of hits and an RBI ground out have cut the lead to 4-2 in the eighth. Didi Gregorius actually got a hit, if you can believe it.

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Game 7: Yankees at Orioles04.13.15

Michael PinedaYANKEES (2-4)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Chris Young RF
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Gregorio Petit 2B

RHP Michael Pineda (0-0, 3.00)
Pineda vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (3-3)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Steve Pearce RF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
Manny Machado 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Everth Cabrera SS
Caleb Joseph C

LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 6.23)
Chen vs Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., PIX 11

WEATHER: Beautiful day in a beautiful ballpark. On a nice day like this, there really aren’t many stadiums where I’d rather watch a game.

UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Cary Cederstrom, 2B Sean Barber, 3B Eric Cooper

POWER SURGE: With eight home runs in their past four games, the Yankees actually lead the Majors in homers since Thursday. They have nine home runs through six games this season. They didn’t reach nine home runs last year until their 12th game of the year.

GETTING PLENTY OF (GOOD) WORK: The Yankees bullpen is fourth in the American League in both opponents’ OPS (.545) and opponents’ batting average (.178). In six games this season, the Yankees bullpen has a 1.93 ERA.

ON THIS DATE: April 13, 1978 was “Reggie!” Candy Bar Day at Yankee Stadium, and when Reggie Jackson hit a three-run homer in the first inning, the field was showered with candy bars that were given out for free.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Home run for Chris Young and it’s a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Sharp RBI double down the third-base line for Machado. Rodriguez made a diving attempt but couldn’t make the stop (would have been a heckuva play). Now Schoop has followed with an RBI to left field. Looked like Gardner threw him out at second, but the Orioles have asked for a replay. Schoop might have been safe with a good slide.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Yep, Schoop is safe. Really nice throw by Gardner, but Petit missed with the tag. Held the glove in front of the bag and Schoop kind of slid around it.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Pretty decent little charging play by Rodriguez at third helps Pineda get through a scoreless third. It’s still 2-1 Orioles.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Really, really close play at first. Yankees lost the challenge and Gardner is out. My guess is, if he’d been called safe, that call would have stood as well. Basically looked like a tie to me, so I doubt that’s enough evidence to overturn. But maybe I’m wrong.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Solo shot by Teixeira ties the game at 2. Would be huge for the Yankees if Teixeira could be a true power hitter again.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Pineda looks sharp again tonight. Still tied at 2 after four innings.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Big spot for Pineda here in the sixth. Game still tied at 2, but the Orioles have the heart of the order up with one out and a runner at third.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Big out. Pineda just got Davis to strike out swinging. Two outs now. Sac fly out of the question. Has to get Adam Jones, though.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: There’s the big blow. Jones hits a two-run homer on a 3-1 pitch and it’s 4-2 Orioles.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Stephen Drew just pinch hit for Gardner for some reason and delivered a go-ahead grand slam. The world is a strange place. It’s now a 6-4 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Another shaky outing for Betances, but he got the big out he needed to keep the lead intact. His strikeout of Chris Davis left the tying run stranded at third (after he allowed a single that brought in one run). It’s now a 6-5 Yankees lead heading into the eighth.

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Game 3: Yankees vs. Blue Jays04.09.15

CC SabathiaYANKEES (1-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young LF
John Ryan Murphy C
Gregorio Petit 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

LHP CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 in 2014)
Sabathia vs Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (1-1)
Jose Reyes SS
Russell Martin C
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
Steve Tolleson LF
Devon Travis 2B

LHP Daniel Norris (0-0, 5.40 in 2014)
Norris vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Still cold. Still don’t like it.

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Meals, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Jim Reynolds

LIMITED EXPERIENCE: The Yankees collectively have a total of four career plate appearances against Daniel Norris. In those four plate appearances they have one walk and one hit. The one hit is a home run. It was hit by Brian McCann, who is of course not playing today.

RED SOX SET THEIR WEEKEND ROTATION: Boston’s weekend rotation has included a TBA for Saturday, but the Red Sox have now settled on Joe Kelly as the Saturday starter. Wade Miley will start tomorrow’s series opener and Clay Buchholz will start the Sunday night finale.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 9 that the Yankees played their home opener in 1996. Joe DiMaggio threw the ceremonial first pitch, and both Joe Girardi (replacing Mike Stanley) and Tino Martinez (replacing Don Mattingly) were booed during pregame introductions.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Good first inning for Sabathia, but the Blue Jays have been relentless in chipping away at him here in the second. Five singles this inning have the Blue Jays in front 4-0.

UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Two strikeouts to open the third inning. Sabathia has five strikeouts already. It’s those five singles that have killed him.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Ellsbury’s two-out single was the Yankees’ first hit of the night, but he was promptly thrown out trying to steal second. Ended the third inning, and ended Ellsbury’s streak of 16 steals without being caught.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Eight strikeouts through four innings for Sabathia. He’s been perfect outside of that second inning.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Walk for Rodriguez, double by Beltran, and Teixeira nearly put the Yankees on the board but his sharp line drive was snagged by Donaldson at third.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Blown opportunity in the bottom of the fourth. Runners at second and third with no outs, and the Yankees get nothing out of it.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Well, the Yankees are on the board after Murphy’s double and a Gregorius single, but Gregorius was caught too far off first base, so the inning was limited to one run. Second base-running mistake in three games for Gregorius.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Couple of two-out singles and an error gave the Blue Jays another run in the top of the sixth, but the Yankees have answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Second double of the game for Murphy. Drew hitting for Petit with two on and two outs in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: And Drew struck out. Still 5-3.

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Game 2: Yankees vs. Blue Jays04.08.15

Michael PinedaYANKEES (0-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Michael Pineda (5-5, 1.89 in 2014)
Pineda vs Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (1-0)
Jose Reyes SS
Russell Martin C
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Dalton Pompey CF
Kevin Pillar LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Devon Travis 2B

RHP R.A. Dickey (14-13, 3.71 in 2014)
Dickey vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Cold. I don’t like it.

UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Fieldin Culbreth

FAST STARTER: Alex Rodriguez singled in Monday’s opener, marking the 10th straight season opener in which he has hit safely (2003-08, ‘10-12, ‘14), including all nine Opening Days he has played in as a Yankee. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Yankee to have as long a streak was Lou Gehrig, who hit safely in 12 straight Opening Days from 1926-37.

ON THIS DATE: It was on April 8, 2003 that Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam in his Yankee Stadium debut, helping the Yankees to a 7-3 win against the Twins.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: There’s a 1-2-3 top of the first for Pineda.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Teixeira just hit right-handed against Dickey and doubled to left.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Three straight hits to open the third inning have the Blue Jays in front 1-0. The RBI came on an infield single up the middle. Gregorius made the diving stop but had to rush the throw and couldn’t get the out. Throw was high.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Pineda is through four innings with just the one run. Of course, the Yankees have just one hit.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: What a bizarre sequence. Runner at first with one out, a chopper went off Teixeira’s glove — he was trying to make a really nice leaping catch — and Stephen Drew almost caught it on the ricochet. Instead, the ball fell for a single, and Drew’s throw to third was wide. That set the stage for a sac fly to right and a 2-0 Blue Jays lead.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Bloop single gives the Yankees their second hit of the night. A double play immediately wipes the runner off the bases.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Ellsbury has been on base three times today. Two walks and a single. He just stole a base.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Sac fly by Beltran and the Yankees are on the board. Three Yankees hits. Two Yankees runs. Just like Monday night.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Chris Young with a pinch hit double. Ellsbury with his second hit of the game. Runners at the corners with no outs for Gardner.

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Bases loaded with no outs, Young just scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2. Beltran still at the plate. Still no outs.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Hit by pitch to tie the game. Infield single off the pitcher’s glove to take the lead. Weird way to get the offense going, but it’s better than nothing. Yankees up 4-3 in the eighth. Andrew Miller was warming up earlier. Looks like he’ll be the guy to get the save opportunity.

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