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The Yankees have won 3 in a row, and 14 of their last 17…

The Yankees have not had an error in 16 straight games.  If they continue that tonight, they tie a MLB record of 17 straight, a record held by the 2006 Boston Red Sox…

Derek Jeter has hit safely in 13 games, a period in which he has been hitting .390…Mark Teixeira tied his career-best hitting streak of 12 games last night, hitting .392 during those 12 games…

Today’s Lineup – 12:40 pm start on YES (weird start time)

YANKEES (29-20)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Gardner CF
Cervelli C

Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (3-2, 5.16).

The Yankees face Carl Pavano today.  I still have hate for the man.  I hope the Yankees score 10 runs on him in the first.


ESPN is reporting today that the greatest Yankee skipper of all time, Joe Torre (sorry Casey Stengel and Joe McCarthy) might not coach past 2010.  Despite leading the best team in the major this season, Torre doesn’t want to make the commitment just yet.

“Yeah, I’m enjoying it. Not to say that I’m thinking about doing this for 10 years, no. I have family, too,” he said. “I have another year left after this. There are still some days you don’t want to pack and go on a road trip. The ballpark is the best part for me. I still enjoy the baseball aspect of it. The energy is terrific and I feel good about it. It’s all about the players and how they respond to you. The players have been great. This group of guys has been terrific.”

Torre also says he enjoys watching the Yankees play and likes seeing how some of his former players are doing.  He also has a high regard for Joe Girardi.  “This kid is going to be one of the top managers. This I know is a dream job for him and I’m glad things are getting better for him.”

In his first return to Cleveland since being traded last summer to Milwaukee, CC Sabathia led the Yankees to a 10-5 win at Progressive Field.  Since starting the season 1-3 on May 2nd, Sabathia has not lost in his last five starts and has imroved his record to 5-3.

For the month of May, Sabathia is 4-1,  with a 2.56 ERA.  He has allowed 13 runs in 45 2/3 IP, with only 34 hits and 2 homers allowed.  His control has also been great, evident by his low walk count – 1o in 45 innings.

CC Sabathia pitches for his first time in Cleveland since being traded in 2008. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CC Sabathia pitches for his first time in Cleveland since being traded in 2008. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Despite allowing 3 runs last night, Sabathia is looking like the ACE the Yankees hoped he would be.  He held the Indians to five hits last night, and unfortunately four of them came in a row in the fourth inning, leading to 2 runs scoring.  He then piched an amazing ball with a downward rotation that somehow, someway Grady Sizemore knocked out of the park in the fifth.  And Sizemore smacked the crap out of it.  Unfortunatly for Sabathia, it was a great pitch, but a phenomenal at-bat by Sizemore.

NY Yankees 28 20
Boston 28 21 .5
Toronto 28 23 1.5
Tampa Bay 24 27 5.5
Baltimore 23 26 5.5

The Yankees scored two runs in the second and one in the third and managed to squeak out a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians and earn first place in the AL East for the first time since the end of the 2006 season.

After loading the bases in the first inning, Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada struck out to end the inning, seemingly leaving the Bombers hungry for runs in the second.

Derek Jeter hit a single to left, scoring Nick Swisher for the first run of the game.  Johnny Damon followed up with a single, loading the bases for Mark Teixeira.  Teix grounded out to first, but Brett Gardner scored from third.  Alex Rodriguez ended the inning with a strikeout, leaving two men on base.

The third and final run for the Yankees came in the next inning on a sacrifice fly to deep center by Nick Swisher, scoring Robinson Cano.

Andy Pettitte (5-1) earned his 220th career victory, pitching 5 innings, allowing six hits and one earned run.  His control seemed to be off all evening.  Pettitte only managed one strikeout and walked six throughout the game.  He constantly got himself into jams, but always managed to get out of them.

In the bottom of the sixth, Pettite allowed two runners to get on base with no outs.  Skipper Joe Girardi decided he had seen enough and pulled Pettitte.  After Alfredo Aceves loaded the bases, he managed to get out of the inning only allowing one run on a sacrifice fly.  The run was counted to Pettitte since he was responsible for the runner.

We have to give Pettitte a lot of credit tonight for a couple of reasons.  First, he is 5-1 for the first time since 1997, a year in which he went 18-7 with a career-low 2.88 ERA.  Also, history was made tonight as Pettitte and Rivera teamed up for a win-save combination record – it was the 58 time that they have combined for a win and a save.  It broke a record held by Bob Welsh and Denis Eckersley.

The Yankees also extended their franchise record error-less streak to 15 games; Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Mark Teixeira extended his to 11 games.  It was unlucky 13 for Robinson Cano, who had gone his last 13 games without a strikeout before tonight’s game.

Jorge Posada returned to the line-up for the first time since May 4th and was 2-3 at the plate.  Unfortunately, his worst at bat was a strikeout in the first with the bases loaded.  His other two hits came with no one in scoring position.  Posada looked comfortable at the plate and behind the plate.  “I did a lot of work to get back and my body feels real good,” Posada said after the game.

CC Sabathia (4-3) pitches Saturday in Cleveland for the first time since being traded last summer to Milwaukee.

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