Pitching: A.J. Burnett (5-3, 4.46).
Pitching: RHP Josh Johnson (6-1, 2.76).
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees start the day two games out of first place. They are 4-5 in their last nine games and 5-5 in interleague play.
BURN, BABY BURN: A.J. Burnett is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in his last four starts. He has allowed 20 hits over 22.2 innings with 14 walks and 24 strikeouts.
MIAMI NICE: Burnett was 28-17, 3.20 in his 64 appearances at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphins/Tony Montana Real Estate/Land Shark Stadium.
ROAD KINGS: The Yankees are 17-15 on the road. The Angels (18-17) are the only other team in the AL with a winning record on the road.
AND HE ACTUALLY DREW A WALK LAST NIGHT: Robinson Cano is 13 of his last 28 with seven runs scored, seven RBI and six extra-base hits.
MILESTONE WATCH: Jeter’s double in the first inning yesterday gave him 424 in his career. That tied him for fourth place in team history with George Herman Ruth. Don Mattingly is third with 442 with Bernie Williams in second at 449. The record belongs to Lou Gehrig with 534.
Andy Pettitte’s start last night was his 356th as a Yankee. Only Hall of Famers Whitey Ford (438) and Red Ruffing (391) have made more.
PITCHING UPDATE: The Yankees have a 2.05 ERA in their last five games. The bullpen, meanwhile, has allowed one earned run over the last 16.1 innings.
Back with much more later.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Xavier Nady played five innings in the outfield in extended spring training and was 0 for 4 at the plate. But he made several throws and felt no pain and according to Joe Girardi, was able to hit the cutoff man. Nady will take tomorrow off, play Monday and then possibly start a rehab assignment.
Jose Molina (quad) is still rehabbing and at least a week away from a minor-league game. Same with Damaso Marte, who played catch for the 1,235th time since he went on the DL. He’s the Florida State Playing Catch champion.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Mark Teixeira just left BP after fouling a ball off that glanced off the cage and caught him in a bad place. No word on whether he’ll stay in the lineup yet.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: We’re underway here in Miami. Teixeira remains in the lineup. I guess you can say he’s showing a lot of … um … fortitude.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: The Journal News has learned that Francisco Cervelli is wearing a Mission Impossible-style Jorge Posada mask and has caught these last two games. What else could explain why the Yankees have allowed one run over the last 10 innings and Hanley Ramirez getting thrown out at second. After all, Posada is finished.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Can’t blame Berroa for that error. Frank Hiward used to always catch those high throws back when AB was with the Senators.
Meanwhile, A.J did the Joba fist pump when he fanned Ross for his seventh whiff in four innings. Marlins 1-0 as Johnson is making the Yankees look silly.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Josh Johnson has allowed three balls out of the infield and two are by Burnett. He had a broken-bat single in the third inning and a fly ball to center in the sixth. The only other batter to get the ball part the dirt was Cano, who flew to right.
Johnson has recorded 11 outs on the ground. Great performance by him so far. Burnett and the Yankees trail 1-0.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Tough night for the “Posasa is washed up” crowd as he guns down another runner. Meanwhile, A.J. is getting a little wild, having walked two straight. He could use a double-play here to conserve pitches.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: The official scorer here, Ron Jernick, is one of the worst in baseball. He just gave Cantu a double on that ball. The ball hit Damon’s glove.
Jernick didn’t even look at a replay before calling it a double. Pretty bad.
A.J. is having a rough inning. But he should have two outs and a runner on first.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: They just changed that call to an error. Justice is served. But the Yankees still trail 2-1.
46,427 here tonight. Third-largest regular-season crowd in the history of this stadium.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Runners on the corners, two outs for Swishalicious. Big spot for him.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Swisher’s single makes it 2-1. That error really hurts now. If Melky gets on, Girardi has to use A-Rod for Berroa, doesn’t he? Or at least Matsui.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Now it’s in the hands of the bullpens.
Johnson: 7 3 1 1 2 5. 103 pitches / 67 strikes. If the Yankees can hold it at 2-1, I think they’ll find a way to win. Big spot for Phil Coke, who has been lights-out lately.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Yankees taking their shot here. Matsui hits for Berroa, A-Rod on deck for Coke. Then Jeter. 2-1 Fish.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: The crowd goes wild as Alex comes to the plate. Let Gardner steal and give him a chance to tie it?
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Yankees had it set up, first and second for Jeter. But he grounds into his second double play of the night. Now it’s a runner on third for Damon. He will face lefty Dan Meyer.
Johnny needs to make up for that error somehow. A two-run homer would do that.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Great job by Phil Hughes. The bullpen has been terrific lately. Now the Yankees will see what they can do with Matt Lindstrom. Heck of a game here.