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Game 29: Yankees at Tigers (Chavez update)05.05.11

YANKEES (17-11)
Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS

RHP A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.93)
Burnett vs. Tigers

TIGERS (14-17)
Don Kelly CF
Scott Sizemore 2B
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez C
Magglio Ordonez DH
Ryan Raburn LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Ramon Santiago SS

RHP Rick Porcello (1-2, 4.25)
Porcello vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Detroit saved the best for last. This is easily the nicest day of the series, a good time for a day game. Temperatures are supposed to get into the 60s during the game.

UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Bill Welke

YANKEES TRIPLE CROWN: Robinson Cano has at least a share of the Yankees team lead in batting average (.296), home runs (eight) and RBI (21). He’s tied for second in the American League and fifth in the majors in homers.

THREE TO WEE: Derek Jeter needs three hits to match Willie Keeler for 30th on baseball’s all-time hits list. Probably won’t get those three today, though.

IF YOU BUILD IT: On this day in 1922, the construction contract for the original Yankee Stadium was award to the White Construction Company in New York. It was stipulated that the stadium should be completed “at a definite price” of $2.5 million by Opening Day 1923. It was finished in just 284 working days.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Burnett might have needed a quick second inning like that. He threw 20 pitches in that first inning. It’s still 1-0 Tigers on a hit batter, Burnett’s pickoff error and a sac fly in the first.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Another quick and easy inning for Burnett. He didn’t seem especially sharp in that first inning, but he’s looked good since then.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Chavez seemed to be having trouble after he rounded second base. He’s pulled with some sort of injury — I’d guess back, but they seemed to be checking his lower leg/foot/ankle — and Rodriguez is off the bench as a pinch runner. That doesn’t happen too often.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Cano opens the fifth inning with his second hit of the game. Still waiting on an update on Chavez.

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Obviously I wasn’t watching the dugout, but word is that a fan jumped or fell into the Yankees dugout just before the bottom of the sixth inning. Not sure what exactly happened. There was some sort of commotion, but Girardi seemed completely uninterested.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Burnett had a no-hitter when this inning started. Now he’s allowed two hits and the game is tied at 2.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: The Yankees have legitimately hit some balls hard this afternoon, but they don’t have much to show for it and it’s shaping up to be another game in which the lineup really struggles behind a starter who’s pitching pretty well.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Burnett got himself into trouble, and he earned the sacrifice fly that put the Tigers in the lead, but a two-run throwing error by Eduardo Nunez could be really costly. It’s now 5-2 Tigers.

*** UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Eric Chavez update ***

Chavez has a small fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

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Game 121: Yankees vs. Tigers08.19.10

YANKEES (74-46)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns DH
Ramiro Pena 3B

RHP Phil Hughes (14-5, 3.94)
Hughes vs. Tigers

TIGERS (58-69)
Austin Jackson CF
Will Rhymes 2B
Ryan Raburn RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Johnny Damon DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B
Alex Avila C
Don Kelly LF

RHP Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.53)
Porcello vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Bill Miller, 3B Eric Cooper

WEATHER: Little bit of a breeze blowing out. Not a could in sight.

GOOD START: The Yankees have scored at least two runs in the first innings of six of their past 10 games at Yankee Stadium. They’ve hit a first-inning home run in five of those games.

KERRY WITH A K: When he struck out Ramon Santiago last night, Kerry Wood reached 1,500 strikeouts for his career. He reached the mark after just 1,303 innings, the fewest for any 1,500 strikeout pitcher in baseball history. According to Elias, the previous record for reaching that strikeout milestone was 1,337 innings by Pedro Martinez.

HOPE WEEK CONTINUES: After today’s game, HOPE Week will continue with the Yankees reaching out to the children and supporters of “You Are Beautiful People,” an organization who reaches out of children and families with special needs to make them feel more a part of the community through participation in sports. The group is in attendance for today’s game, and afterward, they will play a game on the field with members of the Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Can’t make a mistake to Miguel Cabrera. Just can’t do it. Two-run home run into the bullpen has given the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: The Washington Post is reporting that Roger Clemens will be indicted for lying to Congress.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: There’s a kid from that Beautiful People group announcing the Yankees as they come to the plate this inning, and he’s really doing an incredible job. Meanwhile, the Yankees have two straight hits under his watch.Of the first three players he announced the only one who didn’t get a hit was Derek Jeter. Maybe it’s best to stick to Bob Sheppard for The Captain.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Must be the kid announcer. The Yankees just got three straight one-out hits to pull within 2-1, then Curtis Granderson got a two-out single to tie the game at 2.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Yankees take the lead on an RBI double by Cano. It’s a 3-2 Yankees advantage still with no outs in the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: With an RBI single, Posada has passed Thurman Munson on the Yankees’ all-time hits list. The Yankees now lead 4-2 and the Tigers are going to the pen.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Robinson Cano now has two hits, two runs and three RBI in the seventh inning alone. His two-run homer has given the Yankees an 11-2 lead, with nine of those runs coming here in the sixth.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: After the nine-run sixth, the Yankees are getting Hughes and Jeter out of the game. Sergio Mitre is in to pitch the seventh, and Eduardo Nunez is making his major league debut at shortstop.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Mitre has allowed three runs. It’s still a lopsided Yankees lead.

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Game 32: Yankees at Tigers05.12.10

YANKEES (21-10)
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Randy Winn LF
Ramiro Pena 3B

RHP Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.78)
Career vs. Tigers

TIGERS (18-14)
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon LF
Magglio Ordonez DH
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
Brandon Inge 3B
Ramon Santiago 2B
Gerald Laird C
Adam Everett SS

RHP Rick Porcello (2-3, 7.50)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Dan Billino, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Mike Winters

WEATHER: It still looks a little rainy outside, but it looks like we’ll at least get the first game in.

HAND GRENADES AND SLOW DANCING: Close doesn’t count for much in baseball, and after last night’s loss, the Yankees are 0-3 in one-run games this season. More fun with records: The Yankees are 18-4 when they don’t make an error, 3-6 when they do.

20 THROUGH 30: Entering this series the Yankees had played 30 games and already had five players with 20 or more RBI (Swisher-24, Cano-22, Jeter-22, Rodriguez-20, Teixeira-20). The last Yankees team to have five or more players with at least 20 RBI through the season’s first 30 games was in 1926 (Babe Ruth-44, Joe Dugan-27, Bob Meusel-27, Tony Lazzeri-26, Lou Gehrig-20) according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Phillies did it last year.

WITH HONORS: This morning New York University held its 178th commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium. It’s the third consecutive year the school has used the stadium for graduation, and NYU alum Alec Baldwin was scheduled to address the graduates. To quote the great Liz Lemon, I want to go to there.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: One inning down for Vazquez. Made some mistakes to Jackson in the first but got through the at-bat. Now he’s started the second inning with a ground out on a nice play by Jeter.

UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: My bad on the Tigers’ lineup. The order is the same but Damon’s in left, Boesch is in right and Ordonez is the DH.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: There’s two scoreless for Vazquez.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Ramiro Pena is here for his glove, not his bat, but it would have been nice to score on one his first two at-bats.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Four singles and two runs have put the Tigers in front 2-0 after six. For the most part, Vazquez got balls on the ground that inning, but some of them found holes. Whatever the result, Vazquez has clearly done his part up to this point. It’s on the offense to score some runs now.

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Brutal day at the plate for Ramiro Pena. He’s 0-for-3 and every one of his at-bats has ended an inning with a runner on base.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Right now he’s losing this game, but Javier Vazquez showed significant improvement this afternoon. He’s given the Yankees a chance, and he’s pitched through the seventh inning to save the bullpen for this afternoon’s second game. Even if he takes the loss, this has been a good start for him.

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Here’s Boone Logan. Vazquez is out after seven innings.

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