Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Curtis Granderson CF
RHP Javier Vazquez (15-10, 2.87 in 2009)
Career vs. Rays
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Willy Aybar DH
Dioner Navarro C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
LHP David Price
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m./YES Network
WEATHER: Not that it matters, but it actually is very nice outside. At least it was while I was driving to the park and walking into the dome.
UMPIRES: HP James Hoye, 1B Wally Bell, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Vic Carapazza
PRICE IS RIGHT: None of the Yankees has more than 10 career at-bats against David Price, but the Rays lefty has so far been successful against them. Alex Rodriguez is 3-for-9, but none of the other Yankees has more than one career hit against Price. Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher have each homered as their only hits against him.
POWER AT THE BOTTOM: When Curtis Granderson batted ninth on Tuesday, it was the first time the Yankees had ever used a No. 9 hitter with 30-plus home runs the year before. The last time it happened in the major leagues was 2007 when Joe Crede batted ninth for the White Sox against the Yankees.
BOTTOM’S UP: In the opening three games against Boston, the Yankees 5-9 hitters batted .368 with 12 runs, five doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI. Their 2-4 hitters batted .056 with three runs, two doubles and four RBI.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Price looks terrific, but Vazquez looks pretty good too. He did a great job to strand the runners in the second and he has yet to allow an especially hard-hit ball.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: There’s Nick Johnson’s first hit of the season to break up an early no-hitter.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: For whatever reason, Alex Rodriguez was credited with a triple on that play. Whatever you want to call it, Rodriguez’s hit and the following error have given the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: So much for the lead. Hard to believe Carlos Pena was a complete afterthought not so long ago. We’re tied at 2.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Now things are starting to get tricky. Rodriguez can run a little bit, and I tend to think he would have scored on Bartlett’s double even if Thames had decided not to dive for it.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Seriously, it seems like every time a pitcher appeals to either the first-base or third-base umpire on a check swing, it takes the ump at least five or six seconds to make the call. Let’s hurry it up, fellas!
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Sergio Mitre is getting loose in the Yankees bullpen, and it looks like they’re going to need him.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: 98 pitches, 62 strikes for Vazquez.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Nick Johnson’s RBI double has roused the Yankees fans who have started a Let’s Go Yankees chant in left field.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Not a good game for the Yankees. They were pretty well dominated by David Price, Javy Vazquez looked bad and they’ve lost their first game here in Tampa Bay.