Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (5-4, 4.24).
A Reyes 2B
Pitching: RHP Tim Redding (1-2, 6.08).
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES, WPIX, MLB.
THEY MEET YET AGAIN: The Yankees are 3-1 against the Mets this season, outscoring their city rivals 35-15. The Yankees are now 8-8 in interleague games.
WELCOME BACK: A.J. Burnett ends his five-game suspension today for throwing near the head of Texas Nelson Cruz earlier this month. He faced the Marlins last Saturday and allowed one earned run over 6.1 innings in a 2-1 loss.
OUTBURST: The Yankees have scored 28 runs in the last three games while hitting 40 of 122 (.328). They have drawn 19 walks and had 12 extra-base hits.
HARD TIMES: Mark Teixeira is hitting .213 (10 of 47) over his last 12 games with no homers and four RBI. His batting average has fallen from .290 to .276.
HOW TO LOSE A SLUMP IN FIVE DAYS: Alex Rodriguez is 6 of his last 17 with two home runs and seven RBI.
MO’S MILESTONE: Mariano Rivera has 499 saves. He has allowed one earned run in his last six appearances and struck out nine.
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UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.: Damon has joined Jeter on the sick list. Both have the flu.
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Slow news day so far. … Talked to Chien-Ming Wang, who said being on regular rest and having some pitches under his belt should lead to a good performance tomorrow. “I need a win,” he said. “It has been too long.” … Jeter wanted to play. But the team doctor put the kibosh on that and Girardi went with that recommendation. Now Damon is fighting the same illness, which has spread through the team in recent weeks. … The organist just played Bohemian Rhapsody and I Wanna Be Sedated.
UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: We’re underway at Citi Field. 74 degrees on a pleasant night. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: 15 pitches, 11 strikes for Burnett in the first inning. He just froze Wright with a deuce to end the inning.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Ramiro Pena, doubles machine. Credit to him that he sat for so long and is 4 of 6 the last two nights with three doubles.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Heck of an at-bat for A.J. He saw eight pitches before striking out.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: The out-of-town scoreboard here is tremendous. Every game is displayed, there is the score, the inning, the number of the pitcher in the game for each team and a red light for which team is up. Just perfect.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Swish did not play last night outside of a defensive cameo. We were chatting before the game and I asked him what he thought of Citi Field big dimensions and high walls. “It’s huge,” he said. “But I think I can get it out of here.”
He was right. 1-0 Yankees. Swish has hit 14 homers this season, 11 on the road.
Wilson Betemit for Swisher. Amazing.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: A.J. dominating the Mets. … They have three hits in 13 innings against the Yankees. … In 13 innings, the Mets have gone in order 11 times.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Tim Redding (5 2 1 1 2 6) is throwing a gem, too, by the way.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Now that was a great accomplishment-saving catch if ever there was one.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Burnett has thrown 78 pitches. He could probably throw 125. Since a no-hitter has to be a complete game, he would have to average about 12 pitches an inning the rest of the way. That’s going to be hard for him to do.
Back in 2001, when he no-hit the Padres, A.J. threw 65 of 128 pitches for strikes. He walked nine, hit one and threw a wild pitch. Marlins won 3-0.
Meanwhile, the pointless “Posada should not catch” debate is losing steam every day.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Oh, well. At least it was a clean hit. Now Burnett can just worry about winning the game.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Cora had been 0 for 21 against Burnett before that hit.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Yankees have outscored the Mets 40-15 this season. Bad times in the House of Wilpon.
Meanwhile, shutout or not, this needs to be the last inning for Burnett.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Season-high 10 Ks for Burnett. 23rd time in his career he has fanned 10 or more. His high is 14, done twice.
Mets this series: 1 run on 4 hits over 16 innings with 19 strikeouts. Embarrassing.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Smart move by Girardi as Bruney replaces Burnett. Let’s see if the Mets fans are paying attention.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Nope, no boos when he was introduced.