Notes from Thurday + Friday's lineup

Here are some notes from last night’s epic 10-4 win over the Royals:

  • Posada played in his 1,659th career game, which ties him with Tony Lazzeri for 14th in franchise history. He’ll obviously move into 13th place tonight. He also drove in his 999th run.
  • In case you didn’t hear, A-Rod belted his 599th career home run. He also hit 499 and 500 against the Royals. Fun fact: he hit #500 on a Saturday day game off Kyle Davies, guess who’s pitching on Saturday.
  • CC (13-3) moved to 16-10 lifetime against the Royals. He gave up a first-inning run for the first time at home since April 16 and it was the first time with the Yanks he has allowed multiple runs in the top of the first. He also committed his first balk since April 22, 2008. He gave up double digit hits once last year, Thursday (11 hits) was the third time this season he’s done it.
  • Bruce Chen has only beaten the Yanks once in 15 appearances (11 starts), but the one win was a complete game four-hitter with the O’s in 2005.
  • Tex has reached base safely in 38 straight games.
  • Seven of the first 10 KC batters got hits off CC before he settled down.
  • Jeter’s inside-the-parker was his first HR in 124 at-bats and his second career inside-the-park home run. The other one came on August 2 of 1996 (his sixth career homer in his rookie campaign) and was also against the Royals…Joe Girardi scored on that one. Jeet is now seven for his last 19, and has hopefully put his rough patch behind him.
  • Since the Cliff Lee trade fell through Jesus Montero, one of the players who would have been shipped to Seattle, is 16-for-30 (.533 average). Meanwhile, Cliff Lee has allowed four homers in three starts since joining the Rangers. He had given up a total of five dingers in 13 starts with the Mariners.
  • Brett Gardner is one for his last 18.
  • Thursday was the second time this season that the Yanks have had back-to-back 10-or-more-run games. The other time was against Boston on May 7th and 8th.
  • There have been 58 hits at Yankee Stadium over the past two games.
  • With the win, coupled with the Rays’ off day, the Yanks opened a three-game lead in the division (seven games over third-place Boston).
  • Not for the faint of heart: Carl Pavano has won a career-best seven straight decisions and moved to 12-6 on the year, he had a total of nine wins in four years with the Yanks.

Here is the lineup for Friday’s game:

  1. Jeet SS
  2. Swish Dog RF
  3. Tex 1B
  4. A-Rod 3B
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Georgie DH
  7. Grandy CF
  8. Frankie C
  9. Gardy LF
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Tags: Brett Gardner Carl Pavano CC Sabathia Derek Jeter Jorge Posada Kansas City Royals Mark Teixeira

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