6/18 – Yankees vs. Nationals — Estimated start time 6:30 p.m. ET
The Yankees have announced that tonight’s game is expected to start at 6:30 p.m.
Craig Stammen (0-2, 5.86)
Joba Chamberlain (3-1, 3.84)
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FROM THE GAME NOTES
Today the Yankees play the final game of a three-game series vs. Washington after losing on Wednesday, 3-2, and winning the opener on Tuesday, 5-3…is the final game of a six-game Interleague homestand that included winning two-of-three games vs. the Mets from Friday-Sunday and an off day on Monday…is the sixth of 15 straight Interleague games for the Yankees…the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 3.0G for first place in the AL East…are nine games over .500, two games shy of their season high-water mark (were 11 over following play on 6/8)…own the fifth-best record in the Majors (Los Angeles-NL, 43-23; Boston, 40-25; Texas 37-27; and Philadelphia, 36-27)…the Yankees have won 22 of their last 33 games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak (5/13-21) to start the stretch…are 15-6 in their last 21 home games (since 5/15)…on Friday the Yankees begin a nine-game Interleague road trip with three games at Florida (6/19-21), three games at Atlanta (6/23-25) and three games at the Mets (6/26-28).
FIELD GOAL: With their 3-2 loss vs. Washington on Wednesday, the Yankees fell to 23-1 when holding their opponent to three-or-fewer runs this season…had been the only undefeated Major League team in such games in 2009…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees had won 33 consecutive such games prior to Wednesday, marking the longest streak for the club since a 37-game run in 1977.
CAPTAIN CLUTCH: SS Derek Jeter is batting .455 (10-for-22) with 3 doubles, 2HR and 13RBI with RISP and two outs this season, ranking fourth in the AL in batting average in such situations…did not play in Wednesday’s loss vs. Washington due to left ankle stiffness…underwent an MRI prior to Wednesday’s game (results were negative).
YANKEES IN INTERLEAGUE PLAY: The Yankees are 4-4 in Interleague play in 2009 (1-1 vs. Washington; 2-1 vs. Mets; and 1-2 vs. Philadelphia)…the Yankees are the all-time leader in both Interleague wins and winning percentage (.583, 127-91)…have gone 10-8 vs. the NL in each of the last three years (2006-08) and have had 11 straight non-losing seasons of Interleague play.
YANKEES INK DRAFT PICKS: The Yankees announced they have signed the following 13 selections from their 2009 First-Year Player Draft: No. 6 3B Robert Lyle; No. 9 LHP Gavin Brooks; No. 11 OF Neil Medchill; No. 13 OF Deangelo Mack; No. 15 RHP Shane Greene; No. 18 C Hector Rabago; No. 19 1B Luke Murton; No. 23 3B Kevin Mahoney; No. 24 2B Isaac Harrow; No. 25 LHP Shaeffer Hall; No. 27 C Jeffrey Farnham; No. 37 OF Justin Milo; and No. 40 RHP Ben Watkins.