Game 150: Yankees vs. Athletics

The Yankees want CC Sabathia return to his dominant form tonight as they open a three-game weekend series with the Oakland Athletics, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes that’s exactly what they’ll see.

“Well, it’s important,” Girardi said. “For us to accomplish what we want to accomplish, it’s important. And I believe that we’re going to see it, I really do, from CC. If there’s a time to get on a roll, it’s right now.”

Sabathia is making his third start of the year against the A’s, having recorded a win on May 26 and a no-decision on July 22, both at the O.co Coliseum. Sabathia hasn’t won since Aug. 24 at Cleveland, as he is 0-3 in his last four outings, but Girardi believes the left-hander when he says that he is healthy.

“[Sabathia] says he’s healthy, he gets up to 95 mph, he’s not getting a ton of treatment,” Girardi said. “He’s not coming in and saying his arm hurts. Those are the things that tell me that he’s healthy. What tells me that he’s locked in is when he has his good sinker and changeup.”

Here’s the lineup and game information, as Derek Jeter – who, by the way, still wants to be a Yankee and called all of today’s chatter “comical” – is tonight’s DH:

NEW YORK YANKEES (86-63) vs. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (85-64)
LHP CC Sabathia (13-6, 3.63) vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (11-8, 3.51)
Friday, September 21 • 7:05 p.m. • Yankee Stadium
Games #150 / Home Games #76 • TV: my9 / mlb net. • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span.)

ATHLETICS
Collin Cowgill CF
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Derek Norris C
Stephen Drew SS
Adam Rosales 2B

Jarrod Parker RHP

YANKEES
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 1B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Eduardo Nunez SS

CC Sabathia LHP

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series vs. the Oakland Athletics tonight at Yankee Stadium… is their final opponent of a nine-game homestand – which matches their longest of the season – opening with a series win vs. Tampa Bay (2-1) and a series sweep vs. Toronto… following this series, make their final road trip of 2012 to Minnesota (3G) and Toronto (4G).
ð Have won five straight, eight of their last 10 and 10 of their last 14… own the second-best record in the AL behind only Texas (89-60, .597)… the Yankees’ magic number to clinch a postseason berth is 8… are 23G over .500, matching their season high-water mark.
ð Are in a stretch of 15 straight days with 16 games scheduled to finish the regular season.

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 29-19 (.604) in series openers in 2012…  have lost seven of their last nine…  snapped a six-game losing streak in openers with their win on Wednesday in game one of a doubleheader vs. Toronto.

ROOKED: The Yankees are 12-12 vs. rookie starting pitchers this season (credit: Elias)… have won seven of their last nine matchups against rookie starters after losing their previous six such contests.

AN ICHI-ROLL: OF Ichiro Suzuki combined to go 9-for-12 with 4R, 3 doubles, 1HR, 4RBI and 4SB in the Yankees’ three-game sweep vs. Toronto… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first player in franchise history to record 9H, 1HR and 4SB in a series of three-or-fewer games, and the first Major Leaguer to have a series like that since Ellis Burks vs. the Braves at Coors Field in Sept. 1996 (10H, 1HR, 4SB in three games).

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Bryan: Can we bring this site up to date? Still a lead of the A’s game with CC pitching. Can we get something on this series starting tonight with the Twins?

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If anything, this last game against the A’s proved that Nunez isn’t a major league SS by any stretch. He’s a huge defensive liability who has and will cost this team games with his sorry defense. IF the Yanks were smart they will look elsewhere to find Jeter’s future replacement, Nunez isn’t that but nothing more than a benchplayer.

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE (EDT)
MON – SEP – 24 – at Minnesota – 8:10 PM – YES
TUE – SEP – 25 – at Minnesota – 8:10 PM – MY9
WED – SEP – 26 – at Minnesota – 1:10 PM – YES
THU – SEP – 27 – at Toronto – 7:07 PM – YES
FRI – SEP – 28 – at Toronto – 7:07 PM – YES
SAT – SEP – 29 – at Toronto – 1:07 PM – YES
SUN – SEP – 30 – at Toronto – 1:07 PM – YES

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Sorry, but CC’s been on the DL twice this year, with just a fortnight to go before the playoffs you’re damn right he’s out of there after 8 – like it or not I’d rather play with Soriano in the 9th than risk CC getting hurt.

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Back in the day when I first was involved with baseball if a pitcher had a three hit shutout going into the ninth, the mere idea of having a relief pitcher come in for you was incomprehensible. I felt the same way about the move with Soriano tonight——-pitch count——-give me a break!!!!

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Arod starting tonight where he leftoff last night and the day before that. Another strike out. Does this guy get embarrassed at all when he collects his big paycheck every week? Probably not. I hate that smug look after he strikes out, chewing on that dumb bubble gum, blowing bubbles. It looks like “I don’t care” look, Whatever I do here I get paid anyway. We’ve got to pay big bucks for this guy for another 2 years? What a total waste. And Girardi has him, batting clean up. If that were another player he’d be down in the 8th position. Should swap him with Suzuki. I hope the fans keep booking him. Does it bother him? I don’t think so or he’d do something about it. Long is supposed to be his great mentor. Obviously Long can’t correct the problem or ARod is not listening.

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not sure why ARod continues to be put in the clean up spot. He’s been a disaster at the plate lately. 2 or 3 strike outs a game and getting booed by the fans. We have to put up with his underperformance for the next couple of years eating up salary that could be spent on younger and more productive players? A real disappointment. And Tex hasn’t done a great job this year either. These guys are all getting old and injury prone and losing their power at the plate.

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we need to keep the roll going to keep pace with the Orioles and ahead of the Rays and the Angels. Have we got the team to go all the way? We’d have to be firing on all cylinders to get it done, pitching, offense, defence, management decisions. “This is going to be a tough series against a team that seems to be playing over its head, like the O’s. Advantage to the Yankees being in their home ball park. CC needs to be the ace and be the dominant starter he was earlier in the year.

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