Game 144: Yankees vs. Rays

A huge showdown begins tonight in the Bronx, as the Yankees come home for their last extended homestand of the season. The Yankees need CC Sabathia to return to form and start logging some dominant outings, and the Rays look to David Price to halt the tough skid they fell into during their visit to Baltimore.

Here’s how Yankees manager Joe Girardi analyzes Sabathia’s recent performance:

“To me, the thing that he’s lacked the most consistency is in the sinker and his outstanding changeup.He’s still pitching at a pretty high level, but just not what we’re used to seeing from him. If those things are consistent, he doesn’t have to throw 97-98 [mph] and he’ll still get a ton of people out. That’s what he pitches at most of the time, anyway; 92 to 94 [mph].”

The Yankees have won their last two games and are trying to string together three straight victories for the first time since that Aug. 13-15 sweep of the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

NEW YORK YANKEES (81-62) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (77-66)
LHP CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.56) vs. LHP David Price (17-5, 2.54)
Friday, September 14 • 7:05 p.m. et • Yankee Stadium
Game #144 / Home Game #70 • TV: yes / mlb net. • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span.)

Highlighted information from the Yankees’ media relations department:

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Yankee Stadium…  begins a nine-game homestand – which matches their longest of the season – also facing Toronto (Tue.-Thur.) and Oakland (9/21-23)… just completed a 10-game, 11-day road trip (matching their longest of the season), going 5-5 at Tampa Bay (1-2), Baltimore (2-2) and Boston (2-1)… are 19 games over .500, four shy of their season high.
ð Are in a stretch of 22 straight games vs. the AL East from 8/27-9/20 (7-9 thus far).
ð Have won three of their last four games and five of their last eight games… however, have dropped eight of their last 14 and 13 of their last 22 since 8/20.
ð Following this series, have Monday off – their final off day this season – before finishing the season with 16 consecutive days with games scheduled.

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 28-18 (.609) in series openers in 2012…  have lost six of their last seven, including each of their last five.

BLANKETY BLANK: The Yankees recorded their ninth shutout of the season last night at Boston, 2-0… marked their third shutout on the road this year… was their first shutout against Boston since 9/26/09 (3-0 at Yankee Stadium) and their first at Fenway Park since 7/25/08 (1-0)… marks the team’s most shutouts in a season since 2008 (11).

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE (EDT)
MON – SEP – 17 – – –
TUE – SEP – 18 – vs Toronto – 7:05 PM – MY9
WED – SEP – 19 – vs Toronto – 7:05 PM – YES
THU – SEP – 20 – vs Toronto – 7:05 PM – YES, MLBN
FRI – SEP – 21 – vs Oakland – 7:05 PM – MY9, MLBN
SAT – SEP – 22 – vs Oakland – 1:05 PM – YES
SUN – SEP – 23 – vs Oakland – 1:05 PM – YES, TBS

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As a yankee fan I’ve gotten use to a lot of winning, I’ve been a fan for about 36 yrs seen more world series games and championships than any team during that span, still as a fan I want more and as it stands it seems the days of winning are coming to an end. The team is old and there’s no help in the minors, the best prospect is at lease 2 yrs away and it a relief pitcher no one talks about in Mark Montgomery this kids for real unlike the killer bees as they called them are over rated in Betances and Banuelos, then they trade their best prospect Montero for two pitchers, one made 3 starts in the minors the other been out since spring training and since was arrested for DWI. They have an outfielder in A-ball named Tyler Austin that looks like he’s got some potential everyone else is far down in the low minors, and with Cashman cutting payroll it doesn’t seem this team is going to get better but worse. Jeter can’t play at this level much long A- rod not the same player he once was or maybe the steroids did make him that much better, granderson hit or miss and they won’t sign him and Cano, Tex streak of 30 hr 100 RBI is over and the Giambi syndrome seems to be in full effect, Martin has been terrible, Jones / Ibanez are done and over the hill, Suzuki won’t be here next year and as much as I like Swisher he’s not that good. So where do the Yankees go from here, looks to me like some lean years ahead until all these big contracts are done with. I sure miss George now.

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I don’t havea good feeling about where the Yankees are going down the stretch. They win one or two and not dominantly and then they lose 1 or 2. They can’t put a string of wins together. Fortunatey the O’s lost last night but you can’t hope they are going to lose much. They’re on a roll. And theRays are not far behind.If Yankees drop out of first they’ll be battling Oakland and the RAys for a wild card. There is no guarantee of playoffs. The biggest issue seems to be offense with RISP. It’s been a terrible year with all the runners they’ve left on base. And CC certainly isn’t what we expect him to be. Is he injured? He says no but who knows? Tired and overweight? The bull pen hasn’t been great of late either giving up late game hits and runs. Yankees have to win the remaining games in this series but they’re up against a good team. David Price followed by James Shields followed by….Great rotation. Hopefully Kuroda comes through as he has all year but Yankee offense needs to get him some run support

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somebody please knock that hat off Rodney!

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AROD will break your heart!!!! CC very average. Need a big inning!!

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