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Yankees v. Mets - June 18 - pre-game news and notes

New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez (31)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vazquez (31) throws in the top of the first inning against the Houston Astros. (June 12, 2010) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43) v. Hisanori Takahashi (5-2, 3.48)

1. Jeter
2. Swisher
3. Teixeira
4. Rodriguez – 3B
5. Cano
6. Posada - DH
7. Cervelli
8. Huffman - LF
9. Gardner - CF

1. Reyes
2. Pagan
3. Wright
4. Davis
5. Bay
6. Carter - DH
7. Barajas
8. Francoeur
9. Tejada

Subway History: The Yankees lead the all-time series 43-32. They are 22-14 when playing at home. The Mets lead the season series 2-1.

The Streak: Yankees have won seven of their last 10 games, 12 of their last 17 and 15 of their last 22.

Milestone Watch: When Vazquez takes the mound tonight, it will be his 400th career game pitched…The Yankees need just two wins to reach 9,500 in franchise history…Mariano Rivera needs two strikeouts to tie Al Downing (1,028) for ninth place on the Yankees’ all-time list…Damaso Marte needs 1 2/3 innings pitched to reach 500 innings for his career…Chad Gaudin needs five strikeouts to reach 500 for his career…Alex Rodriguez needs one stolen bases to reach 300 and become the ninth player in baseball history with at least 1,500 runs, 2,500 hits, 200 home runs and 300 stolen bases.

Cano? Ca-yes: Robinson Cano has hit safely in 10 straight and 27 of his last 29 games, batting .422 with five homers and 26 RBIs over the span…It is his third hitting streak of 10-or-more games in 2010.

Robertson rounding into form: David Robertson has not allowed a run in his last five appearances, striking out five and allowing four hits and two walks in the span.

Interleague Beasts: The Mets are 8-1 in Interleague play this year, the most Interleague wins in the majors. The Amazin’s were 5-10 against the Junior Circuit last season.

Road Warriors: The Mets have won six straight games on the road, their longest winning streak since they won six straight from August 12-17, 2008.

Wright Time/Reyes Runs: David Wright has at least one RBI in a career-high seven straight games and the Mets are 25-6 this year when Reyes scores at least one run.

- Girardi said the Yankees would rotate the DH for now, but “I think we’ll add another bat, I do.” When asked if that bat would come from within or without, he said
I believe that our organization has people that can help us,” but was non-committal on any names.
- He said Marcus Thames, currently on the 15-day DL, is improving and feels better every day.
- On Jorge: “The fact that he feels okay the next day is a good sign, but he’s still having problems late in the game…I think it’s more feeling it in the eighth and ninth inning…the fact that you may have to pull him in the middle of a game, that’s a concern.”

- Chamberlain seemed upbeat after a rough outing last night. Despite a fairly good year, a few bad outings—multiple, multiple run bad—have ballooned his ERA. “It’s bound to happen. You can’t pitch perfect every time…People are going to focus on the negatives, but you have to focus on the positives.” On focusing on life as a full-time reliever: “You’re always trying to find out what you can do better…if you know you’re gonna be in the same job the rest of the year you get more comfortable.

- Marte, Sabathia and Rivera were watching World Cup Soccer in the clubhouse. So, I guess it’s a wrong to say “no one” cares about soccer.

Back with more after the game gets underway.

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