Rapid Reaction: Angels 6, Yankees 0

September, 11, 2011
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees have lost four in a row and seemingly a player a day. Fortunately for them, all the losing doesn't mean much because the Red Sox are matching them loss for loss. The Yankees are still up 2½ games in the AL East.

YANKEE CLASSIC: If you didn't actually watch: Yes, it is true, Jorge Posada played catcher. With Francisco Cervelli suffering from concussion-like symptoms, Posada came in after Russell Martin took a foul tip off his right thumb. Here is my in-game news story.

SIXTH SENSE: CC Sabathia, as his pitch count approached 119, escaped a bases-loaded situation. At third, Eric Chavez made two nice defensive plays, taking in two grounders. He threw a little wide on the last one, but Mark Teixiera dove and made the catch. Sabathia pitched six innings of one-run ball. In the end, it didn't matter.

SORI SITUATION: Rafael Soriano was MIA again so Joe Girardi had to turn to Hector Noesi in the seventh. Noesi coughed up four runs in the inning. No. 9 hitter, Jeff Mathis, who came in at .176 with two homers and 20 RBIs, hit a two-run job. In the eighth, Torii Hunter added a solo shot off rookie George Kontos, who made his MLB review.

WHAT'S GOOD: The Yankees didn't make an error. The previous six games they had.

WHAT'S BAD: The Yankees' hitters are being dominated. Dan Haren retired 18 straight at one point.

WHAT IS NEXT: Interrupt your football Sunday to find out who is catching? Or who is playing, for that matter? The Yankees are banged up. A-Rod is hurting. Nick Swisher is hurting. Russell Martin is hurting. Posada was behind the plate. Eduardo Nuñez was in right.

COMING ATTACTIONS: I'm writing about Posada's return as the Yankees run on fumes.

QUESTIONS OF THE NIGHT: Who is going to catch? Who is going to play? Are you worried about the Yankees?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.273 15 67 69
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 67
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .775
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.81
SOM. Tanaka 135