Starting pitcher CC Sabathia appears to be back to his dominant ways, as he is throwing a no hitter through 7 innings in todays game. Let’s face it, the Rays have a great hitting ball club and to be no hit by a team shows a great job by that opposing pitcher. It is a sigh of relief to see because CC was so great in spring and showed a terrible performance on opening night with over an 8.0 era average against the Boston Red Sox. CC is known for being a slow starter each season and tends to show his greatness towards the end of each season. As for the Yankees, CC is fortunate because he is surrounded by other great pitchers to help carry the team when he is failing on the mound.
Another scary picture was the hitless Mark Teixeira. He is back on track with a double in todays game against the Rays. It is great to see Teixeira get his first hit after recording his slowest start since his rookie season. He broke through with an RBI double to snap his very poor start to the season in which he went 0-17. He just recorded his 2nd consecutive hit in back-to-back at bats today against the Rays.
Alex Rodriguez continues to prove himself as a Yankee having recorded his 1,000th hit today. Rodriguez is also 1 home run shy of surpassing Mark Maguire for the 8th spot on the all-time home run leaders list. We are very excited to have Rodriguez as a Yankee as he has performed nothing short of amazing in New York. According to the LoHud Yankee Blog, A-rod is showing no signs of a sore hip after a solid spring and his first 5 games of the 2010 season.
Here are some live updates from the The LoHud Yankees Blog, showing off the great day for the Yank’s in Tampa:
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Might have been a single for Mark Teixeira. Instead it was hit right into the shift for the second baseman to catch on the fly. Officially the worst start of his career at 0-for-17.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Single to left for Rodriguez’s 1,000th hit with the Yankees… He was then caught stealing second.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: How many times and how many ways can Francisco Cervelli get hit in the head this year? By the way, great job to work a walk there.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: How’s Cano looking in the No. 5 hole? His two-run homer has the Yankees on top 2-0.
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: The Yankees continue to get nice production out of the bottom of the lineup. Single by Gardner and sac bunt by Cervelli setup the RBI base hit for Jeter.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Took him one more at-bat than in his rookie season, but Teixeira just broke out of his hitless slump with an RBI double. Gutsy move by Rob Thomson to send Jeter, especially with Rodriguez coming to the plate, but it paid off. It’s 4-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: Cervelli was at least halfway to the dugout and still pumping his fist after the Burrell strikeout.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Granderson seemed uncertain what he wanted to do in that situation. When Shoppach shifted, Granderson was in a bad spot. That was a nasty spill.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Teixeira with a great, great play.
UPDATE, 5:33 p.m.: Chan Ho Park is getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. You do not want to see Park enter this game, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. We can talk about why after the game.
UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez’s arm doesn’t get talked about enough. Talk about that right now. There’s nothing else that should be talked about!
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: Gazooooo!
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Are you (freaking) kidding me! What a play by Cano.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: There goes the no-hitter on an 0-1 pitch to Kelly Shoppach. The Yankees infield was already on the mound before Girardi could get there to take Sabathia out of the game, and Jorge Posada was the first player to greet him when he got to the dugout. What a game for Sabathia and the Yankees infield defense.
Here is one of my very own personal updates:
6:23 P.M. : In a live update, the Yankee scoreboard shows a dominant 10-0 steamroll over the Rays heading to the bottom of the 9th. Looks like CC is going to pick up his 1st win of the season and the Yankees will be taking game 2 of this 3-game series. A win tomorrow and the Yankees will move into 1st place in the AL East. GO YANKEES!!!