Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Randy Winn LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.78)
Career vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon LF
Magglio Ordonez DH
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
Brandon Inge 3B
Ramon Santiago 2B
Gerald Laird C
Adam Everett SS
RHP Rick Porcello (2-3, 7.50)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Dan Billino, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Mike Winters
WEATHER: It still looks a little rainy outside, but it looks like we’ll at least get the first game in.
HAND GRENADES AND SLOW DANCING: Close doesn’t count for much in baseball, and after last night’s loss, the Yankees are 0-3 in one-run games this season. More fun with records: The Yankees are 18-4 when they don’t make an error, 3-6 when they do.
20 THROUGH 30: Entering this series the Yankees had played 30 games and already had five players with 20 or more RBI (Swisher-24, Cano-22, Jeter-22, Rodriguez-20, Teixeira-20). The last Yankees team to have five or more players with at least 20 RBI through the season’s first 30 games was in 1926 (Babe Ruth-44, Joe Dugan-27, Bob Meusel-27, Tony Lazzeri-26, Lou Gehrig-20) according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Phillies did it last year.
WITH HONORS: This morning New York University held its 178th commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium. It’s the third consecutive year the school has used the stadium for graduation, and NYU alum Alec Baldwin was scheduled to address the graduates. To quote the great Liz Lemon, I want to go to there.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: One inning down for Vazquez. Made some mistakes to Jackson in the first but got through the at-bat. Now he’s started the second inning with a ground out on a nice play by Jeter.
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: My bad on the Tigers’ lineup. The order is the same but Damon’s in left, Boesch is in right and Ordonez is the DH.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: There’s two scoreless for Vazquez.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Ramiro Pena is here for his glove, not his bat, but it would have been nice to score on one his first two at-bats.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Four singles and two runs have put the Tigers in front 2-0 after six. For the most part, Vazquez got balls on the ground that inning, but some of them found holes. Whatever the result, Vazquez has clearly done his part up to this point. It’s on the offense to score some runs now.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Brutal day at the plate for Ramiro Pena. He’s 0-for-3 and every one of his at-bats has ended an inning with a runner on base.
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Right now he’s losing this game, but Javier Vazquez showed significant improvement this afternoon. He’s given the Yankees a chance, and he’s pitched through the seventh inning to save the bullpen for this afternoon’s second game. Even if he takes the loss, this has been a good start for him.
UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: Here’s Boone Logan. Vazquez is out after seven innings.