Yankees Notes: Sabathia, Pettitte, Kearns, Swisher, Curtis

The Yankees finally go back to playing night games as they try to end their two-game losing streak tonight against the Orioles with CC Sabathia on the mound. Sabathia is going for his 20th win of the season.

Here are some notes:

  • James “Mudcat” Grant once wrote a book about all of the African American pitchers to win 20 games, he called them the “Black Aces”. If Sabathia wins 20, he would become the 14th member of the Black Aces.
  • CC is also going for a record 22 consecutive games at Yankee Stadium without a loss. He is currently tied with Whitey Ford at 21.
  • Andy Pettitte‘s rehab start has been pushed back to Thursday. He is scheduled to throw 4 innings or 65 pitches, which ever comes first.
  • Because of Austin Kearns‘ bone bruise on his right hand and Nick Swisher‘s knee, Colin Curtis was called up from the minors.
  • Swisher played yesterday and hinted that he wasn’t 100 percent, but an MRI showed no structural damage. That means he’s just playing through pain and shouldn’t be making the situation worse by being active.

So the Yankees are finally back to playing at night, at least for one day. They go back and play another day game tomorrow. That means you can probably expect Jorge Posada to sit one of these games out. My guess is tomorrow’s game since Francisco Cervelli has a lot more experience catching Ivan Nova from the minors.

If Sabathia misses out on winning 20 tonight, he will have at least four more chances to get it done.

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