Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
LHP Andy Pettitte (4-0, 2.08)
Career vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Justin Morneau 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Delmon Young LF
Brendan Harris SS
Nick Punto 3B
Drew Butera C
LHP Francisco Liriano (4-1, 2.36)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Tim Tschida, 2B Bob Davidson, 3B Alfonso Marquez
WEATHER: Perfectly beautiful day here in the Bronx. Great day for a game.
Sorry for the lack of pregame notes. I had some issues this morning, but we’re good to go now. The big news was Nick Swisher getting the start in right field. His sore left biceps doesn’t hurt him when he swings right-handed, so he’ll be able to play against Liriano. What happens if there’s a pitching change remains to be seen.
“If skip feels I need to get out of here, that’s exactly what will happen,” Swisher said.
Swisher didn’t feel anything when he fouled a ball off last night, he only felt it on a swing and miss.
“Just don’t swing and miss,” he said. “I know we have a lot of guys down. I don’t want to add to the list.”
Otherwise, not a lot going on.
• Curtis Granderson ran a little bit this morning and felt fine.
• Joe Girardi still hasn’t named starters for next week’s two-game series against the Red Sox.
• Chan Ho Park remains on schedule for a likely return to the bullpen on Sunday.
UPDATE, 12:26 p.m.: Here’s the latest on Nick Johnson. After going on the DL in Boston, he got a cortisone shot and the Yankees are waiting to see if that solves the problem in his wrist. Brian Cashman said that the shot does the trick roughly 50 percent of the time.
“We’re hoping that works,” Cashman said. “But if it doesn’t, we’ll have to take other avenues.”
Those other avenues are pretty limited to some sort of surgery. If the shot has done the trick, Johnson could be back in three weeks or so. If he has to have surgery, it will be another four to six weeks from the time of the procedure before he can pick up a bat. The Yankees should know within the next 10 days whether surgery is necessary.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: I just watched a super slo-mo replay and I’m still not sure whether Brett Gardner caught that ball or not. Doesn’t matter. It was a heckuva play, the Yankees got the call and we’re underway here in the Bronx.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: What do you know, this Alex Rodriguez guy can hit a little. His RBI single has the Yankees in front 1-0 in the first inning.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Very different play from the one that saved A.J. Burnett last night, but Andy Pettitte made the grab on a comebacker to get out of the second inning with a runner stranded at third. Still 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Slumping Derek Jeter is now 2-for-2 today, and his two-out single here int he second has the Yankees in front 2-0.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner figure it out in center field, Gardner makes the catch and Andy Pettitte is through three innings scoreless.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Nice play by Robinson Cano to end the fourth with Andy Pettitte still tossing a shutout. By the way, the Yankees are sticking with the pictures of the players in suits on the video board. The one of Mark Teixeira cracks me up.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Pettitte gets Mauer to fly out, stranding runners at first and second and giving the Yankees starter six scoreless innings. I know better than to doubt Pettitte, but it would have been hard to predict this kind of start to the season. He’s really been outstanding.
UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: There’s an RBI single by Marcus Thames and a 3-0 lead for Pettitte and the Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: That’s a stolen base for Gardner and a missed tag for Hudson.
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Randy Winn, not Greg Golson, is in as a defensive replacement in left.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Huge ovation for Pettitte, who just struck out Morneau before turning the game over to Dave Robertson. That’s 6.1 scoreless innings for Pettitte.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Damaso Marte bails out Robertson and at least partially redeems himself for last night by striking out Jim Thome with runners at first and second.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Right-hander on the mound, Swisher stays in to bat left-handed.
UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Rodriguez had the grand slam yesterday. Teixeira has a two-run shot today. Production from those two will go a long way toward making up for the injuries to Johnson and Granderson. It’s a 5-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: This is the offense the Yankees were used to earlier in the season. Jorge Posada’s two-run homer has made it a 7-0 ball game.
UPDATE, 3:54 p.m.: Two-out RBI single by Joe Mauer has the Twins on the board. Can’t help wondering if Boone Logan, who allowed the run, might be the one sent down when Park is activated tomorrow. He’s thrown 24 pitches already, so he probably wouldn’t be much help tomorrow anyway. I’m guessing the Yankees would rather have the long man Ivan Nova available behind spot starting Sergio Mitre.