Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP Andy Pettitte (2-0, 1.35)
Career vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Mike Napoli 2B
Brandon Wood 3B
Joel Pineiro (2-1, 1.77)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m./FOX
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Alfonso Marquez, 2B Tim Timmons, 3B Tim Tschida
WEATHER: Another beautiful day in L.A. Blue sky with temperatures in the high 60s.
TWO AWAY: Alex Rodriguez needs two stolen bases to reach 300 for his career. He will become the ninth player in baseball history with at least 1,500 runs, 2,500 hits, 200 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He would also become one of 16 players to reach 200 homers, 300 stolen bases and 2,000 hits, joining Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter — each of whom has worn pinstripes — as the only active players to reach those totals.
ONE AWAY: After his double last night, Derek Jeter is one away from tying Don Mattingly for third place on the Yankees all-time doubles list with 442.
MAN DOWN: The Angels placed catcher Bobby Wilson on the disabled list with a concussion and a strained left ankle. Catcher Ryan Budde was called up from Triple-A. With Wilson and Jeff Mathis on the DL, the Angels have two disabled catchers for the first time since the Molina brothers were both hurt in 2001.
UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: And the aggressive play continues with Gardner going hard into second to try to break up the double play.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Another big hit for Swisher, driving in Cano and giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: That’s a nice play by Jeter to get the out at second when he had no shot at first. Maybe it’s not a “plus” play, but doing the right thing and going to the right base make a difference.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Now that’s a plus play. Great grab by Pena, just don’t tell the Angels fan who just yelled, “You’re lucky A-Rod!”
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: Very nice play by Howie Kendrick, sticking with it to get the out from shallow right field. Still 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: I know that statistically there’s no such thing as clutch hitters, and I realize that Francisco Cervelli’s numbers might come back down to earth at some point, but so far the guy has really shown a knack for getting hits when they matter. His minor league numbers don’t suggest anything like this, but the guy has been a productive hitter as a reserve big leaguer. That two-run single might very well be the key hit in this game.
UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: Add an RBI single from Jeter and it’s 4-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 5:32 p.m.: It’s fun to watch Gardner find that extra gear. When he got to first I wasn’t positive he could get a triple, but as he hit second there was no doubt. His strides seemed to be longer and he was just flying at that point.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Two outs. Runner in scoring position. Robinson Cano singles to right. It really is a new year for the Yankees second baseman. It’s also a 5-0 lead for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 5:44 p.m.: Nick Swisher adds another RBI single and it’s now 6-0 Yankees. Meanwhile, the Angels just announced that X-rays on Bobby Wilson were inconclusive because of excessive swelling in his ankle. The team is planning to send him for an MRI on Monday.
UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: The Angels have a run on a double and two fly balls, but Andy Pettitte remains in charge of this game. What a season he’s having so far.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Brett Gardner has his third hit of the day, ninth steal of the season and he’s just scored to give the Yankees a 7-1 lead.
UPDATE, 6:49 p.m.: With Pettitte at 114 pitches, I have to assume that was his last batter. Eight innings, one run, eight strikeouts and no walks. The guy was dealing today, no doubt about it.