UPDATE, 11;14 p.m.: Mariano Rivera has been handed a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning. Sabathia was dominant, allowing one run on four hits. He retired 13 of the final batters he faced in the longest postseason start of his career.
We’ll be back after the game with a few updates.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Yankees take a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning. They have left 10 runners on base, six in scoring position. That’s the sort of thing that can come back to haunt you. Sabathia back out having thrown 98 pitches. Phil Hughes warming up
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Sabathia hearing the “CC” chants from the crowd in the top of the seventh. His postseason so far: 13.2 innings, two earned runs.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Yankees up 4-1 as more sloppy baseball hurts the Angels. Sabathia has been strong through six and Rivera is waiting in the ninth. These next two innings will determine the game.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Yankees take a 3-1 lead as Damon doubled and scored on a double by Matsui. But A-Rod, who had walked, ran through a stop sign and was thrown out at the plate. He should have stopped and tried to slap the ball out of the glove of Mathis.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Yankees leave two more on as Jeter whiffs. But Lackey is at 76 pitches after four innings. He might not be long for this game. Yankees up 2-1 in the top of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Lackey leaves two on in the third inning. Sabathia into the fourth inning having thrown only 43 pitches. … Meanwhile I’m about to switch from Diet Coke to hot chocolate. It is cold in the press box and the $1.5 billion new Stadium has no windows up here.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Lackey with an easy second inning, three fly balls to Hunter.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Sabathia was strong again in the second inning, just another two-out single. A 2-0 lead could be a lot in this weather as Sabathia can afford to challenge hitters with his four-seam and two-seam fastballs and not worry about a solo home run.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: The Yankees played some Angels baseball to take a 2-0 lead. Jeter singled and went to third on a single to left by Damon. As the throw came in a bit awry, Damon took second. A sacrifice by by A-Rod scored Jeter. With two outs, Matsui hit a pop-up that fell between Figgins and Aybar, Damon scored from second. That inexcusabe mistake gives Sabathia a cushion.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Sabathia worked around a two-out single by Torii Hunter in the first inning. There was a brutal called third strike on Bobby Abreu by Tim McClelland as the pitch was both low and inside.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: We are underway in the Bronx.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: It’s 46 degrees in New York and it just started raining. There are a lot of empty seats as we approach first pitch. A real lot.
Chone Figgins 3B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Vlad Guerrero DH
Juan Rivera LF
Kendry Morales 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Jeff Mathis C
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (1-0, 0.00).
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Martk Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.35).
TIME/TV: 7:57 p.m., FOX.
NOTES: Both teams are coming off ALDS sweeps, the Yankees taking out the Twins and the Angels beating the Red Sox. … The Angels are 41-33 against the Yankees, counting the postseason, since 2002. … The Yankees are 59-24 at home, counting the postseason. … The Angels have dropped four straight LCS games dating back to 2005. … The Yankees are in the LCS for the first time since their historic 2004 collapse against the Red Sox. … Lackey is 3-3, 3.01 in 13 career playoff appearances, 11 of them starts. … Sabathia is 3-3, 6.54 in six postseason starts.
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