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Game 88: Yankees at Mariners07.11.10

YANKEES (55-32)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF

LHP CC Sabathia (11-3, 3.19)
Sabathia vs. Mariners

MARINERS (35-51)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Jose Lopez 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Justin Smoak DH
Josh Bard C
Jack Wilson SS
Michael Saunders LF

LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-8, 5.74)
Rowland-Smith vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m. ET / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Ed Rapuano, 1B Tom Hallion, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Lance Barksdale

WEATHER: Another nice day in Seattle. There are a few clouds but not much chance of rain. Temperatures in the 70s and getting warmer.

HEADING FOR A BREAK: At 55-32, the Yankees have the best record in baseball and a two-game lead in the AL East. It’s the team’s best record at this point since 2004 when they were 56-31. They are guaranteed to reach the all-star break with the division lead for the first time since that ’04 season. The past eight times that the Yankees led at the break, they went on to win the division.

SPEAKING OF 2004: After last night, Felix Hernandez has faced the Yankees twice this year and gotten a complete-game win each time. The last time an opponent had back-to-back complete game wins against the Yankees in a single season was 2004 when — of all people — Sidney Ponson did it with Baltimore.

SABATHIA’S STREAK: CC Sabathia has won seven straight starts, which matches the longest streak of his career (he also won seven straight in 2005). If he wins today, Sabathia will be the first Yankee to win eight straight starts since Roger Clemens in 2001. He would become the first Yankee since Mike Mussina in 2002 to win 12 games before the break.

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: The Yankees caught a break when Chone Figgins was ruled off the bag at second base. He was clearly off, but I’m not sure a lot of umpires would have made the call. Robinson Cano followed with a sac fly, Jorge Posado had an RBI single and the Yankees are in front 2-0.

UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: Not saying I understand why he was bunting there, but I did have a baseball official tell me once that Alex Rodriguez is the best bunter he’s ever seen, you just never see it in a game because he’s such a good hitter.

UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: Derek Jeter nearly doubled into that gap two innings ago but Gutierrez got to the ball. This time, Jeter finds a hole for a two-run double and a 5-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: Make that 6-0 on Teixeira’s RBI double.

UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: As you can imagine, there’s a ton of newspaper stuff to write today. The Yankees got a two-run home run from Marcus Thames, and the Mariners got an RBI single from Chone Figgins. The score is 8-1 in the top of the seventh. Meanwhile, MLB has announced replacements for the all-star team.

Jered Weaver, Justin Verlander and Andrew Bailey have been named to the team as replacements for Sabathia and Trevor Cahill, who are pitching today. Weaver was named as a replacement, but since he’s also pitching today, he also had to be replaced. That’s why there are three names replacing two spots.

UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: After a scoreless eighth from Chad Guadin, the Yankees have Dustin Moseley and Chan Ho Park getting warm in the bullpen. So far, it’s look like win No. 12 for Sabathia.

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Game 78: Yankees vs. Mariners07.01.10

YANKEES (47-30)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.49)
Sabathia vs. Mariners

MARINERS (33-44)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan 1B
Milton Bradley DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Josh Wilson SS
Ryan Langerhans LF
Josh Bard C
Michael Saunders CF

LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-7, 6.18)
Rowland-Smith vs. Yankees

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

UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Joe West, 3B Angel Hernandez

WEATHER: Temperatures are in the 70s, but there a little bit of a breeze that makes it feel a little cooler. Weather.com gives it a 0-percent chance of rain.

EVERYDAY PLAYERS: According to Elias, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano are two of just six players to have started every one of his team’s games this season. Also, Ichiro Suzuki, Michael Young, Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard.

CAPTAIN, OH CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter has gone 14 straight games without an RBI. He last drove in a run on June 12 against Houston. That’s the longest stretch of his career.

A GOOD MONTH: Welcome to July. The Yankees haven’t had a losing month of July since 1993. That’s 17 straight years with a winning record in the month of July. Of course, Elias came up with this stat: It’s the longest July winning streak in major league history. The previous record was held by Pittsburgh, which had a winning record in July for 15 straight years from 1899 to 1913.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Infield single. Double. RBI groundout. Where was that the past two days? Yankees have an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Sabathia pitched out of trouble in the second inning, which is good because the past six Yankees have been retired. Still 1-0.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Nice little play by Ramiro Pena to end the top of the fourth. Sabathia has allowed two hits and stranded each base runner. Still a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: I’m starting to think Robinson Cano is going to have a nice year. Two-out home run into the Yankees bullpen has extended the lead to 2-0.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Hard to believe Sabathia was scuffling a few weeks ago. He’s been absolutely dominant lately. He’s blowing through these hitters like it’s the Mariners lineup!

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Another scoreless from Sabathia. He’s at 96 pitches through seven innings. He could pitch through the eighth and hand a two-run lead to Rivera in the ninth.

UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Not a good way to lose the lead. A two-out passed ball advanced the base runners to second and third, then Russell Branyan singled in both to tie the game at 2. One earned, one unearned for Sabathia.

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez picks up Posada and Sabathia in a big way. That’s a two-run shot to put the Yankees back in front for Mariano Rivera.

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