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Game 18: Yankees at Angels04.25.10

YANKEES (12-5)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Javier Vazquez (1-2, 8.27)
Career vs. Angels

ANGELS (9-10)
Maicer Izturis SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Mike Napoli C
Brandon Wood 3B

LHP Scott Kazmir (1-1, 7.45)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 3:35 p.m./YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Tim Tschida, 3B Bob Davidson

WEATHER: We’ve had three gorgeous days in Southern California, and today might be the nicest.

Joe Girardi met with the media a little later than usual, so I’ll just throw the pregame notes here in the game post.

• “We’re going with a more right-handed lineup today,” Girardi said. That’s part of the reason for starting Cervelli at catcher and leaving Posada at DH. Girardi also said he liked the idea of essentially giving Posada three days away from catching. “It does keep him fresh,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said “there’s always a worry” when both catchers are in the lineup, but the concern wasn’t enough to keep him from doing it. The emergency catcher is Ramiro Pena, who occasionally catches between innings. That said, Girardi said he has been “impressed” when he’s seen A.J. Burnett squat to catch some pitches during pregame warmups. Burnett caught when he was younger, but there’s no chance he’ll actually catch in a game.

• Nick Johnson said his sore lower back is “a lot better.” He won’t take any swings today and the Yankees will see how he feels after taking some swings on Tuesday. Girardi said he does not consider Johnson a pinch hit option.

• The Yankees still plan to send Chan Ho Park to Tampa tomorrow.

• Brett Gardner has been hitting pretty well lately, but Girardi said he wanted to give every outfield a day off during this West Coast swing and Gardner had played every other day.

• Another reason to go with Marcus Thames over Gardner: Thames is a career .412 hitter with a .706 slugging percentage against Kazmir.

• The Yankees will meet the President tomorrow, and Derek Jeter compared walking into the Oval Office to walking into George Steinbrenner’s office.

• The Yankees were passing around an autographed jersey that seemed to be the one they’ll give to President Obama tomorrow. It was No. 27, not No. 44.

• Dave Winfield was in the clubhouse this morning and sat talking to Jeter for quite a while. It was amazing how many Yankees Winfield seemed to have a personal relationship with including Thames, Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia. He was Jeter’s favorite player when Jeter was a kid.

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Robinson Cano’s hot start has kind of masked Jorge Posada’s hot start. Posada just sent a rocket to center field for a two-run homer (after Kazmir plunked Cano).

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Looked like a good call at first base. Jeter beat the play and drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. It’s 3-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: That was Abreu’s 10th career home run against Vazquez. That’s easily the most he’s hit off a single pitcher. The most he’s hit off anyone else is four.

UPDATE, 4:58 p.m.: The Angels have pulled within one with a single, hit batter, single here in the fourth. They aren’t hitting Vazquez hard, but they’ve done enough to make it a 3-2 game.

UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: A walk to Napoli has loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. That sent Dave Eiland to the mound for a brief chat.

UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: You’re always sacrificing some defense when you start Thames in left field, and he certainly didn’t play that ball especially well.

UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: Wow. Quick hook on Vazquez. Boone Logan coming in to face Bobby Abreu in the fourth. Vazquez actually looked OK until this inning. He was at 78 pitches.

UPDATE, 5:24 p.m.: Solid three outs from Logan, but the Morales single will chase him from the game. Here comes Aceves.

UPDATE, 5:32 p.m.: Cano was not happy about being hit by a pitch in the second inning, but he seemed to really enjoy that home run to right. Three of his five home runs this year have come off Kazmir.

UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: Angels bring in a right-handed reliever. Yankees bring in Gardner to pinch hit for Thames.

UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Aceves has done his part. Now here comes Marte. Five up, five down for Aceves.

UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: Robertson is getting loose in the pen.

UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: An intentional ball to Morales. Then some confusion on the field. Then Torii Hunter stole third with two outs. Then Morales clobbered a 3-0 pitch for a three-run home run. Something was terribly wrong that entire at-bat. It’s now 8-4 Angels, Robertson has sat down and Mitre is getting loose.

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Game 9: Yankees vs. Angels04.15.10

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Randy Winn LF

RHP Phil Hughes (first start)
Career vs. Angels

Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Mike Napoli 2B
Brandon Wood 3B
Reggie Willits LF

LHP Scott Kazmir (first start)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./MY9 and MLB Network

WEATHER: Some clouds in the sky, but it doesn’t seem to be anything to worry about.

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Dan Bellino

COMFORT ZONE: Three Yankees have more than 25 career at-bats against Scott Kazmir. Derek Jeter has a .111 average, Nick Swisher has a .185 average and Robinson Cano has a .154 average in those at-bats.

CELEBRATING JACKIE: Everyone will be wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Mariano Rivera is the only player still wearing 42 regularly, having been grandfathered into the number when it was retired throughout the major leagues in 1997.

ERROR-FREE: This could jinx he whole thing but… The Yankees have not committed an error in their past four games. They made four errors in their first two games.

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Phil Hughes takes the mound to King Nothing by Metallica, then strikes out Erick Aybar to start the game.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: I would say roughly half of the Yankee Stadium crowd gave Hideki Matsui a standing ovation after his home run off Hughes.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Hughes never showed much of a curveball this spring, but it’s back in force tonight. He used it on both strikeouts in the second inning.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Robinson Cano is crushing the ball this season. That’s his third homer of the year.

UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Happy with the double, obviously, but not so great that Thames spent most of his run to second base doing his home run trot.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Hughes’ stuff looks good, but he’s just missing on a few pitches and the Angels have put together some good at-bats against him. Pitch count might be his biggest problem tonight.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Number 42. Derek Jeter. Number 42. That’s his second homer of the season and the series.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Every time I see a balk I have a split-second reaction of, “what just happened?” I know something isn’t quite right, but in that exact moment I’m never sure what it is.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Nice job by Granderson. By the way, the temperature seems to have dropped 10 degrees and it’s been raining lightly off and on.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Marcus Thames, 2-for-2.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: By the way, when Jeter bats, the stadium is still playing the Bob Sheppard No. 2 recording.

Angels Yankees Baseball

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Cool AP shot of Rodriguez, Jeter and Cano.

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Hughes is at 97 pitches. Right now there’s no one getting loose in the bullpen, but Dave Robertson was getting ready last inning.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: There was a runner in scoring position that time. That’s a two-run shot for Cano, and this is his fifth career multi-homer game.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Hughes is out there to start the sixth, but Robertson is getting loose again in the pen.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: For Hughes, 108 pitches, a career-high.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Nice bounce-back outing for Robertson.

UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Gotta like that from Joba Chamberlain. By the way, this is the major league debut for Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez (a different Francisco Rodriguez).

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: I have no idea how they did this, but I was just told that the Sheppard recording for Derek Jeter is actually saying “Number Forty Two” tonight. It’ s a minor difference that’s tough to notice, but this is why the good folks here at Yankee Stadium know what they’re doing. Very cool touch on this night.

UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: Apparently, if you say nice things about the stadium scoreboard staff in your blog, you get put on the big screen in center field. I wasn’t expecting that one at all. Hi Mom!

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