Game 105: Yankees vs. Mariners

NEW YORK YANKEES (61-43) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (50-57)
LHP CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.57) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (4-8, 3.90)
Friday, August 3 • 7:05 p.m. et • Yankee Stadium
Game #105 / Home Game #54 • TV: yes • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span.)

MARINERS
Dustin Ackley 2B
Casper Wells CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Mike Carp 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Eric Thames RF
Trayvon Robinson CF
Brendan Ryan SS

Pitching: Kevin Millwood RHP

YANKEES
Curtis Granderson CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Russell Martin C

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series vs. the Seattle Mariners tonight… is their third and final opponent on their current nine-game homestand… began the ‘stand with series losses vs. Boston (1-2) and Baltimore (1-2)… today begins a stretch of 20 straight days without a scheduled day off through 8/22.
ð At 61-43 (.587), are tied with Texas for the best record in the AL, and third-best in the Majors behind Cincinnati (64-41 (.610) and Washington (62-42, .596)… are 18 games over .500, five shy of their season high-water mark.

MMM, GOOD: LHP CC Sabathia has won each of his last seven starts against Seattle dating back to 8/13/09, posting a 0.88 ERA (51.0IP, 27H, 5ER) during the span…has allowed 1ER or less in nine of his last 10 starts against the Mariners dating back to 5/7/06, including each of the last seven…the seven straight games against Seattle allowing 1ER or less matches the longest such stretch by a Yankees starting pitcher against any one opponent in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) – also Mel Stottlemyre 8/1/67-7/27/70 vs. the Angels and Eddie Lopat 4/24/53-5/26/54 vs. Minnesota.

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 23-11 (.676) in series openers this season… have won 12 of their last 17 openers, including five of the last seven… have won seven of their last nine openers at home, and are 13-4 on the season.
ð According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are tied with Cleveland (also 23-11, .676) for the best record in series openers this season.

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