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Friday, July 1, 2011
Cisco on CC: He's the king

Francisco Cervelli says he's feeling better at the plate in the last two weeks. But you don't have to believe what he says  -- the numbers speak for themselves.

Cervelli, the sporadically-used backup for Russell Martin, has six hits in his last five starts, including a three-hit day on Thursday, raising his average from .176 to .231.

"I was struggling two weeks ago, but I feel better," he said.

Cervelli also caught a phenomenal game, helping CC Sabathia tie his career-high with 13 strikeouts in the Yankees' 5-0 win.

"I just put the glove out and he throws it," Cervelli said. "He's the king here."

Cervelli did more than that, throwing out Carlos Gomez on a swinging strike three that skipped past him. Cervelli quickly gathered the ball and threw on a short-hop to Mark Teixeira, who made the scoop to nail Gomez on a bang-bang play.

BRONX BOMBIN’: For as good as the Yankees have been this season, with the best record in the AL, they won their season-high fifth game in a row Thursday against Milwaukee. The Yankees had previously won four games in a row on two separate occasions, most recently from June 18-22, but they finally got a handful of wins together…. The Yankees are 15-4 in their last 19 games...The Yankees are a league-best 23-4 in day games this season.... The 14 strikeouts by Yankees pitchers marked a season-high..Yankees pitchers have a 2.98 ERA in their last 19 games.