Someone line up nine bottles of water and nine Gatorades, CC Sabathia style. This one’s going to be a scorcher here in Kansas City, as the game time temperature is threatening 100 degrees and Royals manager Ned Yost is expecting the heat index to push past 110. Hydration is the key.
Nick Swisher is out of the lineup after he left with signs of exhaustion during the eighth inning last night, so he’ll be enjoying the air conditioning for at least half the game. With Austin Kearns filling in for Swisher, here are the rest of the lineups:
Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada C, Lance Berkman DH, Austin Kearns RF, Brett Gardner LF
Dustin Moseley RHP (2-1, 3.86)
Gregor Blanco CF, Jason Kendall C, Billy Butler 1B, Wilson Betemit 3B, Kila Ka’aihue DH, Alex Gordon LF, Mike Aviles 2B, Mitch Maier RF, Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Kyle Davies RHP (5-7, 5.21)
The “Is that what you wanted to know?” game notes:
- CC RIDER: LHP CC Sabathia recorded his 15th win in Thursday’s win at Kansas City…came in his 25th start of the season, marking the quickest he has reached the mark in his career…joined Tampa Bay’s David Price as the AL’s only 15-game winners in 2010.
- Sabathia is now 11-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 14 starts since the beginning of June, pitching more than 6.0 innings and allowing 3ER or less in each game…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, in marks the longest such streak by a Yankees pitcher since Ron Guidry got at least 19 outs and gave up no more than three earned runs in each of his first 15 starts in 1978.
- THE CAPTAIN MARCHES ON: SS Derek Jeter has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games (.333, 19-for-57), scoring 15R over the stretch…is batting .348 (16-for-46) in August, after posting a combined mark of .244 (51-for-209) in June/July.
- IN THE NICK OF TIME: OF Nick Swisher collected his 13th game of the season with at least 3H in last night’s win…marks his most three-hit games in any season in his career (prev. 10 such games in ’07)…are the fourth-most games of at least three hits by an American Leaguer in 2010.
- Alfredo Aceves pitched his second Minor League rehab game on Friday for Double-A Trenton vs. Harrisburg, hurling two hitless, scoreless innings with no walks and a strikeout. Aceves threw 26 pitches, 18 for strikes.