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Game 66: Yankees vs. Phillies06.17.10

YANKEES (41-24)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 3B

LHP Andy Pettitte (8-1, 2.46)
Career vs. Phillies

PHILLIES (33-30)
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Placido Polanco 3B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Ben Francisco DH
Carlos Ruiz C
Wilson Valdez SS

RHP Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80)
Career vs. Yankees

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

UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Wally Bell, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Ed Rapuano

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s. Cloudy but not much chance of rain.

GOOD MATCHUP: Andy Pettitte hasn’t faced this group of Phillies very often, but Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth are a combined 3-for-29 against the Yankees starter. In last year’s World Series, Pettitte allowed a total of two hits to that Phillies trio. Both were home runs.

ONE AND DONE: Mark Teixeira is the only Yankees batter to have faced Kyle Kendrick. Teixeira is 1-for-12 with a home run, two walks and a strikeout.

LOCKED WHEN LOADED: With the bases loaded, the Yankees lead the majors in batting average (.429), at-bats (84), hits (36), grand slams (6), RBI (99), walks (11) and on-base percentage (.490).

MORE LOCKED WHEN LOADED: Francisco Cervelli is 6-for-8 with the bases loaded this season. His 15 RBI with the bases loaded are second in the majors behind Alex Rodriguez, who has 16 bases-loaded RBI.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Scoreless through one. Both Pettitte and Kendrick sent the side down in order. Three batters put the ball in play. Three struck out.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: By striking out Jayson Werth, Pettitte passed Ron Guidry for second place on the Yankees all-time strikeouts list. Pettitte has 1,779 Ks as a Yankee.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Looked like Ramiro Pena expected the ball to take a little bit of a hop there and it never happened. The ball stayed low, got under his glove and Ryan Howard took advantage of the error with an RBI single. It’s now 1-0 Phillies with two on and one out in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Shane Victorino wasn’t the best player I ever covered in Scranton — that was Chase Utley — but he certainly had the best all-around season I ever covered in Scranton. He’s a really nice player, and he just took Pettitte deep for a 3-0 Phillies lead.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: The Yankees really haven’t been able to get anything going against Kendrick. A two-out, fifth-inning single by Francisco Cervelli was the first hit since Robinson Cano’s single in the second inning.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Robinson Cano — who else? — just had a two-out RBI single to put the Yankees on the board, cutting the lead to 3-1. Here comes Swisher with two on and two outs in the sixth.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Well that’s just a nice play by Polanco. His catch along the tarp has ended the inning, still a 3-1 Phillies lead.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Big time pitching by Pettitte to get out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam here in the seventh. You’ll be shocked to learn that Cervelli was pumped!

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Here comes Dave Robertson to relieve Pettitte. Kendrick has worked another scoreless inning to keep it 3-1 after seven.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: The Phillies let the No. 9 hitter swing away, and it resulted in an RBI single through the drawn in infield. It’s now 4-1 Phillies. Marte getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Sac fly makes it 5-1. The Yankees have scored three four runs since Tuesday. They now need four runs in the ninth.

UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Another sac fly makes it 6-1. The Yankees now need five runs in the ninth.

UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Oh boy. There’s an RBI double off Chan Ho Park and it’s now 7-1. That escalated quickly!

UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: I have no idea what that conversation was like among the umpires, but at some point, someone should have asked this question: Is there anyway Jeter would have misplayed the ball that badly without it hitting the runner?

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