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.)
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
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).