Winging it to the West
They flew to the West Coast last night after Robinson Cano’s walk-off single gave them their 11th such victory of the season, completing a homestand that saw them go 6-1 against the Red Sox and Blue Jays.
Will that success continue away from home? This is a big trip for the Bombers, this 10-game, 11-day swing to Seattle, Oakland and Boston, and the longest one of the remaining schedule.
As Anthony DiComo wrote yesterday, the Yankees have been remarkably average on the road while seeming to find a real advantage at Yankee Stadium. They’re tired of it, and having a strong trek could help them keep a seal on the AL East — the lead standing at 5 1/2 games entering play today.
CC Sabathia has the ball tonight for New York against Seattle’s Ian Snell, a pitcher the Yankees showed some level of interest in acquiring from the Pirates last month. Here are the other matchups for the weekend:
• Friday: Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 9-6, 4.14) at Mariners (Ryan Rowland-Smith, 2-1, 3.86), 10:10 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Yankees (Sergio Mitre, 1-1, 7.04) at Mariners (Lucas French, 2-2, 4.31), 10:10 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Yankees (Chad Gaudin, 5-10, 5.03) at Mariners (Doug Fister, 0-0, 0.00), 4:10 p.m. ET