*Starting the month: 0-0
*Record this month: 12-10
*Streaking: Wins, 3 (three times); Losses, 4 (April 24-27).
*Highlights: April 6: Yankees open season with 10-5 loss to Orioles in Baltimore in CC Sabathia’s debut . . . April 13: Nick Swisher pitches scoreless inning of relief in 15-5 loss at Tampa Bay . . . April 16: Lose opener at new Yankee Stadium to the Indians, 10-2. Damaso Marte gives up six runs in relief . . . April 17: First win at new stadium, 6-5 over the Indians. Derek Jeter breaks a 5-5 tie with an eighth-inning home run, the Yankees’ fifth of the game . . April 18: A 22-4 loss to the Indians includes a 14-run second inning for Cleveland, the most the Yankees have ever surrendered in one inning. Chien-Ming Wang and Anthony Claggett each allow eight earned runs . . . April 19-22: Yankees rebound from 22-4 loss to win three in a row . . . April 24-26: Swept in three-game series at Fenway Park . . . April 28: Phil Hughes throws six shutout innings in season debut in 11-0 win at Detroit as Yankees finish month with three straight wins.
*Say what? “We have six losses on the year right now and has got three of them. In all three of those games, we’ve been blown out and we’ve had to go to our bullpen, so maybe our bullpen’s not sharp the following days. I don’t know what more to say, but hopefully he can figure it out, because it’d be tough to keep on going like this.” – Johnny Damon
*Starting the month: 12-10
*Record this month: 17-11
*Streaking: Wins, 9 (May 13-May 21); Losses, 5 (May 2-7).
*Highlights: May 8: The Yankees had lost five in a row and were 5½ games out of first place when Alex Rodriguez returns from March 9 hip surgery on May 8 in Baltimore. A-Rod hits a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw and CC Sabathia pitches the Yankees’ first complete-game shutout in three seasons in a 4-0 victory . . . May 15-17: Yankees win three in row over Twins in walk-off fashion, beginning the season-long “pie” celebration. The winning hits come from Melky Cabrera, Rodriguez and Johnny Damon . . . May 18: Yankees complete four-game sweep of Twins with 7-6 victory after scoring six runs in the first inning. Rodriguez hits 212th home run as a Yankee, passing Derek Jeter for 10th time on the all-time Yankees list. Phil Coke records his first career save, the first save by a Yankees lefthanded pitcher since Chris Hammond in 2003 . . . May 23: Cabrera gets his second walk-off hit, a single in the ninth inning in a 5-4 win over the defending world champion Phillies. But the Phillies take two of three in the weekend.
*For the record: With a 3-1 win in Cleveland on May 29, the Yankees took over sole possession of first place for the first time this late in the season since the final day of the 2006 season.
*Say what? "It's impressive, but you kind of expect it. He's the best player in the game. It's unbelievable, but it's not surprising." – CC Sabathia on Alex Rodriguez hitting a home run on the first pitch he saw of the season on May 8
*Starting the month: 29-21
*Record this month: 15-11
*Streaking: Wins, 6 (June 24-30); Losses, 3 (twice).
*Highlights: June 6: Mariano Rivera allows four runs (three earned) in the ninth inning of a 7-6 loss to the Rays. June 9-11: Yankees are swept in a three-game series at Fenway Park. A.J. Burnett and Chien-Ming Wang each go only 2 2/3 innings in the first two games. CC Sabathia and Alfredo Aceves combined to a blow a 3-1, eighth-inning lead in the finale. Yankees, 0-8 vs. the Red Sox in 2009, leave town two games out of first . . . June 12: Salvation comes in the form of a dropped pop-up by Mets’ second baseman Luis Castillo in the bottom of the ninth of the first Subway Series game of the season. The tying and winning runs score on the error . . . June 14: Yankees win rubber match of Subway Series, 15-0, scoring nine runs off of Johan Santana . . . June 16-18: Yankees are swept at home by MLB-worst Washington Nationals . . . June 19: A fatigued Alex Rodriguez is kept out of the lineup in his first series in his home town of Miami . . . June 24: General manager Brian Cashman visits struggling team in Atlanta and Yankees break out with 8-4 win over Braves, first of seven wins in row . . . June 26-28: Yankees sweep Mets in Citi Field portion of Subway Series. June 28: Mariano Rivera records 500th career save and gets RBI walk against Francisco Rodriguez of the Mets.
*For the record: Alex Rodriguez hit his 564th career home run on June 26 against the Mets. He passed Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson for sole possession of 11th place on the all-time list.
*Say what? "I slid across the plate, jumped into Jeet's arms and said, 'What happened?' You don't expect it to happen. Scoring from first base on a ball to the second baseman, it doesn't happen very much - especially with me. It's hard for me to score from second base on a hit to the outfield."—Mark Teixeira on Luis Castillo’s dropped pop-up
*Starting the month: 44-32
*Record this month: 18-9
*Streaking: Wins, 8 (July 17-24); Losses, 3 (July 10-12).
*Highlights: July 1: Yankees win seventh in row, 4-2 over Seattle, in two hours and 17 minutes. It was the shortest game in time of the season . . . July 4: Jorge Posada’s walk-off single in the 12th inning scores Alex Rodriguez for a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays. Chien-Ming Wang pitches 5 1/3 innings in his final outing of the season before shoulder surgery . . . July 7-9: Yankees sweep the Twins in Minnesota to finish the season 7-0 against the Twins . . . July 10-12: Yankees are swept in Anaheim by the Angels to end the first half of the season . . . July 14: Mariano Rivera pitches the ninth inning for the save as the American League wins the All-Star Game in St. Louis, 4-3, earning homefield advantage in the World Series for the AL . . . July 17-24: Yankees open second half of season with eight-game winning streak against Tigers, Orioles and A’s. July 17-19: Mariano Rivera saves games on three consecutive days vs. Tigers . . . July 23: Phil Hughes earns his first career save with two perfect innings in a 6-3 win over the A’s . . . July 27: David Robertson earns his first career save with 1 1/3 innings of relief in an 11-4 win over the Rays . . . July 30: Hughes allows his first run after a 25-inning scoreless streak and takes the loss in a 3-2 walk-off defeat to the White Sox.
*For the record: Eric Hinske hits his fourth home run in his fifth Yankees game on July 20. Dave Kingman (1977) was the only previous player to hit four home runs in his first five games as a Yankee.
*Say what? “He's taken to this role and really run with it.” -- Joe Girardi on Phil Hughes’ emergence as a reliever
*Starting the month: 62-41
*Record this month: 21-7
*Streaking: Wins, 7 (Aug. 2-9); Losses, 2 (Aug. 16-17).
*Highlights: Aug. 1: Yankees lose 14-4 at the White Sox and their first-place lead over the Red Sox drops to one-half game. It will be 6 ½ by the end of the month . . . Aug. 2: Melky Cabrera becomes the 11th Yankee to hit for the cycle in an 8-5 win at the White Sox . . . Aug. 6: The Yankees use an eight-run fourth inning to beat the Red Sox for the first time in 2009, 13-6 at Yankee Stadium . . . Aug. 7: Yankees beat the Red Sox, 2-0 in 15 innings, on Alex Rodriguez’s walk-off home run. The game took five hours and 33 minutes . . . Aug. 8: CC Sabathia no-hits Red Sox for 5 2/3 innings in 5-0 win . . . Aug. 9: Yankees complete four-game sweep of Red Sox with a 5-2 victory. Rodriguez breaks scoreless tie in seventh with home run . . . Aug. 21: Yankees hammer out 23 hits to beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 20-11. Hideki Matsui hit two home runs and drove in seven . . . Aug. 22: Red Sox get even with 14-1 victory as A.J. Burnett allows nine earned runs in five innings . . . Aug. 23: Yankees win rubber match, 8-4, behind five home runs off Josh Beckett, two by Matsui. Derek Jeter hit his 21st career leadoff home run on the game’s first pitch.
*For the record: Alex Rodriguez became the first player to snap scoreless ties in the seventh inning or later with home runs in the same series on Aug. 7 and 9 against the Red Sox.
*Say what? "So much for 8-0, huh?" Phil Coke after the Yankees swept a four-game series against the Red Sox on Aug. 6-9 after losing the first eight games of the season series.
SEPTEMBER / END OF REGULAR SEASON
*Starting the month: 83-48
*Record this month: 20-11
*Streaking: Wins, seven (Sept. 22-29); Losses, 3 (Sept. 30-Oct. 3).
*Highlights: Sept. 4: Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay snaps the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak by one-hitting them, 6-0, in Toronto . . . Sept. 7: Yankees sweep a Labor Day day-night doubleheader against the Rays, 4-1 and 11-1 . . . Sept. 8: Nick Swisher’s walk-off home run in ninth inning gives Yankees 3-2 win over Rays . . . Sept. 9: Derek Jeter breaks out of mini-slump with three hits to tie him with Lou Gehrig (2,721) for the most hits in Yankees history . . . Sept. 11: Jeter sets the Yankees' all-time hits mark with a single to right against Orioles at Yankee Stadium. . . Sept. 14: Brett Gardner steals third base and scores on throwing error as Yankees defeat Angels, 5-3, in makeup game of May 3 rainout . . . Sept. 22: Yankees clinch playoff berth with a 6-5 win at Angels . . . Sept. 23: Ian Kennedy pitches out of bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning in his only big-league appearance of the season in 3-2 win at Angels . . . Sept. 27: Yanks clinch AL East crown with a 4-2 victory over Red Sox. It is also their 100th win of the season and completes a three-game sweep.
*For the record: The Yankees’ 15th and final walk-off win of the regular season came on Sept. 29 vs. Kansas City. The hit was delivered by Juan Miranda.
*Say what? "The whole experience has been overwhelming. This is more than I could've imagined." -- Derek Jeter after passing Lou Gehrig on Sept. 11 to become the Yankees’ all-time hits leader.
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER POSTSEASON
*Starting the month: 103-59
*Record this month: 11-4
*Streaking: Wins, 5 (Oct. 7-17); Losses, 1 (four times)
ALDS: The Yankees were 7-0 vs. the Twins in the regular season. They swept the ALDS in three games. Alex Rodriguez hit .455 with two home runs and six RBIs to begin a prodigious postseason. Derek Jeter hit .400. CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte allowed three earned runs in 19 innings.
ALCS: The Yankees faced their old playoff nemesis, the Angels, who knocked them out in the first round in 2002 and 2005. This time, the Yankees won in six games. Sabathia was named ALCS MVP after going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA. Rodriguez hit .429 with three home runs and six RBIs, including a game-tying home run in the 11th inning of Game 2. The Yankees won in 13 on a Maicer Izturis throwing error. Pettitte won Game 6 and Mariano Rivera pitched two innings for the save to send the Yankees to the World Series.
World Series: The Yankees beat the defending world champion Phillies in six games for their 27th title. Hideki Matsui was the MVP despite only starting in three games with no DH in Games 3-5 in Philadelphia. Matsui had a home run and six RBIs in Game 6. Overall, Matsui hit .615 with three home runs and eight RBIs.
*For the record: The Yankees have 27 World Series titles. The St. Louis Cardinals have the second-most with 10.
*Say what? "This is what you play for. There's never been anything like this for me. No, not ever. It hasn't even had a chance to sink in yet. I turned on “SportsCenter” last night and they said we won it, and now this.” – CC Sabathia during the Yankees’ parade on Friday.