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Game 116: Yankees at Royals08.14.10

YANKEES (71-44)
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

RHP Phil Hughes (13-5, 3.92)
Hughes vs. Royals

ROYALS (48-68)
Gregor Blanco CF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Alex Gordon LF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Mitch Maier RF
Chris Getz 2B

RHP Sean O’Sullivan (1-3, 5.05)
O’Sullivan vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Mike Muchlinski, 2B Gary Cederstrom, 3B Ed Hickox

WEATHER: Supposed to be in the high 80s tonight, with rain possible around midnight. I can’t begin to tell you how much I do not want another rain delay.

MORE THAN ONE TOOL: Speedster Brett Gardner leads the Yankees with nine outfield assists, including one last night. He’s tied for the second-most outfield assists in the big leagues behind Jose Bautista, who has 10. Seven of his assists have come in left field, the second most left field assists in the majors behind Delmon Young, who has eight.

D-R-K J-T-R: Derek Jeter has gone 50 straight games without an error. According to Elias, it’s the longest streak of his career. He leads all Major League shortstops with a .990 fielding percentage.

ONE AND DONE: The Yankees past five games have been decided by one run. They are 2-3 in those games. Nine of their past 10 losses have been by three runs or less.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: For completely unknown reasons, I’ve been surprisingly swamped through the first three innings of this game. Phil Hughes allowed back-to-back hits in the first inning, and so far that’s been enough for a 1-0 Royals lead. The Yankees had put a runner in scoring position with one out the past two innings, but they haven’t been able to score.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Sean O’Sullivan has kept the Yankees scoreless through four. He’s shown a pretty good changeup, and good changeups seem to have given the Yankees problems this year.

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Double by Brett Gardner, bunt single by Ramiro Pena and a run-scoring double play by Derek Jeter. Not exactly the way you draw it up, but enough to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Phil Hughes hasn’t been overpowering or overwhelming the Royals, but he’s pitched pretty well, and he’s through five innings with one run.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Home run No. 19 for Alex Rodriguez has the Yankees in front 2-1.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: There goes No. 13 for Jorge Posada. Mark it down as a 3-1 Yankees lead with one out in the sixth.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: No. 11 for Curtis Granderson. He made it back-to-back homers and a 4-1 lead.

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Home run by Wilson Betemit was obviously legit, but now Hughes as the bases loaded on an infield single, a bloop single and a routine fly ball that was lost in the lights.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Grounder to first was too slow for  double play or an out at the plate. Kind of a tough-luck inning for Hughes and the Royals are back in it, down 4-3.

Meanwhile, Gregor Blanco chokes up on the bat more than I did in Little League. It didn’t do me a lot of good. It’s made him a .206 hitter in the big leagues.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Rodriguez goes deep again, this one a two-run shot, and the Yankees have their three-run lead back. It’s 6-3 in the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Hughes is finished, his first no-strikeout start of the year. It’s Chamberlain pitching with a 6-3 lead in the seventh. Boone Logan is getting loose.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Sure, it helps that Butler is running, but that’s a nice play by Pena. That reputation as a defensive wiz is well earned.

UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: That’s the third three-homer game of Rodriguez’s career. His first since 2005. It’s an 8-3 game.

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Game 92: Yankees vs. Angels07.20.10

YANKEES (58-33)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Ganderson CF
Juan Miranda DH
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Phil Hughes (11-2, 3.65)
Hughes vs. Angels

ANGELS (50-45)
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Jeff Mathis C

RHP Sean O’Sullivan (0-0, 1.29)
Has never faced any of the Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / MY9

UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Bill Hohn, 3B Gary Darling

WEATHER: It’s actually kind of hot. Temperatures in the 80s. Did it feel like this through the weekend? Just feels a little warmer than I remember.

SMALL SAMPLE SIZE: None of the Angels has more than six career at-bats against Phil Hughes, but there’s also not a single Angels batter with more than one hit against him. Howie Kendrick has been the worst at 1-for-6. Hideki Matsui and Maicer Izturis are each 1-for-1.

THE STREAK CONTINUES: Mark Teixeira’s on-base streak has reached 35 games dating back to June 6. It is tied for the second-longest streak of his career, and one shy of his career-high.

FROM THE BEGINNING: The Yankees are 19-11 in series openers this season, including 11-4 in series openers at home.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Imagine how well Robinson Cano would be hitting if he had been allowed to do the Home Run Derby. Nick Swisher’s 17th homer has given the Yankees an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Posada grounds to second, drives in Teixeira and pushes the Yankees lead to 2-0.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Torii Hunter seems to have left his mind in California.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: A run in the second and now another run here in the third, the Yankees lead is gone. We’re tied at 2.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Hughes gets out of the inning with a double play — not the best night for Matsui so far — and between innings, the Yankees scoreboard showed Steve Martin sitting behind home plate. Instead of labeling him as Steve Martin, the scoreboard showed his name as Navin Johnson. Hilarious.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Sorry for the time between updates. I’ve been wrapping up newspaper stuff and trying to work on some behind-the-scenes registration stuff. Anyway… Hughes coughed up the lead with a two-run home run in the fourth, and now he’s allowed another two-run shot in the sixth. Here comes Albaladejo. Hughes didn’t get an out in the sixth. It’s 6-2 Angels.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: After a single, Albaladejo got through three in a row on a strike out, line out and ground out back to the mound. Still 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Matsui just Chan Ho Parked one into right field, a two-run shot for an 8-2 Angels lead.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Posada took second on an E-2 — illegal use of equipment because he swatted the ball with his mask — and Juan Miranda followed with a two-out single to put runners at the corners for Brett Gardner. Best scoring opportunity the Yankees have had since the first inning.

UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Ugly game all around for the Yankees. Hughes was bad, Park gave up another home run and the offense has been shutdown since the first inning. Chad Gaudin is now in for the top of the ninth, still an 8-2 Angels lead.

UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Two-run single off Gaudin has pushed this to a 10-2 game.

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