David Robertson is in line to serve as the Yankees' closer on Friday. He was unavailable on Thursday because the team does not want to have him pitch three days in a row. Rafael Soriano, who saved Thursday's game, is likely unavailable on Friday.
CC Sabathia has tied a career high with 53 strikeouts through his first seven starts, something he also did in 2007. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the fifth-most strikeouts by a Yankees pitcher through seven starts; Bob Turley had 69 in 1955, which ranks first.
On this date in 1903, John Ganzel hit the first home run in franchise history, an inside-the-park solo homer off the Tigers' George Mullin. The Highlanders won, 8-2, at Detroit's Bennett Park. On this date in 2006, Hideki Matsui fractured his left wrist in the first inning against the Red Sox and was removed from the game, ending his games-played streak of 1,768 consecutive contests as a professional. Most of those games (1,250) were played with the Yomiuri Giants, and 518 were with the Yankees.