And a happy August to you from under the sloping domed roof of Tropicana Field, where there are supposed to be thunderstorms in the forecast. Pay no attention – we’ll have uninterrupted baseball here in the climate controlled conditions.
The Rays are wearing their funky baby blue jerseys. The Yankees are wearing gray jerseys with ‘NEW YORK’ across the front. You know, the ones they wear every single day on the road.
Speaking of funky, want a cool stat? In Saturday’s victory, all six of the Yankees’ hits were for extra bases (three doubles, three homers). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked just the fourth time in franchise history the Yankees have registered at least six hits in a game and had them all go for extra bases. It also happened June 20, 1971 vs. Baltimore, June 21, 1992 vs. Baltimore and July 9, 1994 vs. the Angels.
While we get set to see some ball, here’s one last note from CC Sabathia’s people — they have completely redesigned each of Sabathia’s Web sites at CCSabathia52.com
. Definitely pop over and give them a look today.
Here are this afternoon’s lineups:
Derek Jeter SS, Lance Berkman 1B, Mark Teixeira DH, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Jorge Posada C, Curtis Granderson CF, Austin Kearns LF, Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.15)
B.J. Upton CF, Carl Crawford LF, Evan Longoria 3B, Willy Aybar DH, Sean Rodriguez 1B, Jason Bartlett SS, Kelly Shoppach C, Gabe Kapler RF, Reid Brignac 2B
RHP James Shields (9-9, 4.79)