Game 66: Yankees vs. Braves
June 18, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES/ESPN, WCBS 880 AM
Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado 1B
Brian McCann DH
Dan Uggla 2B
Matt Diaz LF
Chipper Jones 3B
Jason Heyward RF
Andrelton Simmons SS
David Ross C
Pitching: Mike Minor LHP (3-4, 6.01)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C
Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (8-3, 3.70)
WEATHER: A pleasant, cool evening here tonight in the Bronx. There are some clouds in the area but nothing threatening. Temperatures in the mid-sixties.
UMPIRES: Manny Gonzalez HP, Greg Gibson 1B, Gerry Davis 2B, Phil Cuzzi 3B.
Information from the Yankees’ media relations department:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series and homestand vs. the Atlanta Braves tonight… following this series, hit “the road” this weekend for a three-game series at the Mets in the second half of the Subway Series… just completed a 6-0 road trip to Atlanta (3-0) and Washington (3-0)… are in the midst of 15 straight Interleague games vs. the National League from 6/8-24.
Ø At 40-25 (.615) own the best record in the American League and second-best in the Majors behind Los Angeles-NL (42-25, .627).
Ø Are a season-high 15 games over .500… have won seven of their last eight series.
Ø Have won 17 of their last 20 Interleague games dating back to last season, including nine in-a-row… marks their second-longest winning streak vs. the NL all time behind a 13-game winning streak from 6/12/03-6/10/04.
ROLLING ON: The Yankees have won a season-high nine straight games, their longest winning streak since 5/13-21/09 (nine straight)…according to Elias, marks the first time in the Yankees’ franchise history that they have won nine consecutive games, all against teams with a winning record… their last double-digit win streak came from 5/7-17/05 (won 10 in-a-row)… have been victorious in 14 of their last 16 games, 19 of their last 23 and are 26-12 in their last 38 contests since 5/6… have gone 40-22 (.645) since 4/9–the best winning percentage in the Majors since that date–after starting the season 0-3.
CLOSE CALLS: Since 5/22–while the team has gone 19-4–the Yankees have had 14 of the 23 games decided by three runs or less, going 12-2 in those contests with wins in their last eight… opened the season 9-12 in games decided by three runs or fewer.
BRAVE NEW WORLD: This series marks Atlanta’s first trip to the current Yankee Stadium, making them the 21st different opponent to play in the Stadium… the Yankees are 15-5 in an opponent’s first-ever games at Yankee Stadium.