Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Kevin Russo LF
Javier Vazquez P
RHP Javier Vazquez (2-4, 8.01 ERA)
Career vs. Mets
Jose Reyes SS
Alex Cora 2B
Jason Bay LF
Ike Davis 1B
David Wright 3B
Angel Pagan CF
Rod Barajas C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Hisanori Takahashi P
LHP Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 3.12)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES, SNY and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Jim Wolf, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Derryl Cousins
WEATHER: Warm, a few clouds in the sky but otherwise lovely (if you don’t mind a few thousand airplanes flying by throughout the game).
WALKING WOUNDED: The Yankees were the only team in the AL that didn’t have a player on the DL at the start of the season and now – 41 games in – they have already had five, including three everyday starters. They’ve already lost 72 player-days to injury this season.
INTERLEAGUE INTEREST: With a 133-95 all-time record, the Yankees have the best interleague record in baseball (most wins and best winning percentage). They’ve gone 10-8 against the NL in each of the last four seasons and have posted 12 consecutive non-losing years. They were 5-1 against the Mets in 2009 and are 42-30 against them all-time.
COACHING CAROUSEL: Congratulations to hitting coach Kevin Long, who will miss this weekend’s series to attend his son’s high school graduation, and to pitching coach Dave Eiland, who will miss Sunday’s game to attend his daughter’s confirmation. Roving hitting coordinator James Rowson will fill-in for Long and bullpen coach Mike Harkey will deputize for Eiland.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: National League ballpark? Whatever the reason, Vazquez gets through the first with relative ease. By the way, not exactly packed in here at Citi. I heard tickets were readily available as late as this afternoon.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: The Captain was unhappy with that one but it looked like a great pitch. Certainly a little too close to take in that spot. Now it’s up to Gardner to break through.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: No hits for Vazquez through three. Best part is the strikeouts – Yankees like to see him finishing hitters off.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Another threat, another missed opportunity for the Yanks. They’re letting Takahashi off the hook here.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Say what you want about Cervelli’s game-calling ability but he’s got an arm on him, too — that throw to second was from his knees.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Had some newspaper work to do for a while but the game has moved along quite nicely, no? Vazquez has gone six strong and put down two bunts, but it looks like he might have nicked a finger on that last one. He just went back up into the clubhouse with the trainers. Keep you posted if I hear anything.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: That’s it for Vazquez, apparently, as Robertson is in. Randy Winn is also in LF in a double-switch. We’ll see how serious Vazquez’s issue is after the game but it must be frustrating for him and the team. Hurt on a bunt?
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Hello, goodbye Damaso Marte. Now it’s Joba coming on. Two on, one out, Yanks up two in the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Well, those of you who were upset about the punchout on Jeter earlier got it coming back the other way on that one. Joba gets Wright looking at a pitch that sure seemed to be low. Either way, two outs.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Apparently it’s Good Joba in the house tonight. Gets out of the jam and the Yankees are still up, 2-0, with Fernando Nieve on the mound for the Mets now. Judging by how much Jerry Manuel has used Nieve this season, don’t be surprised if his arm goes hurtling toward home plate on his follow-through.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Bruised right index finger for Javy. He’s going for X-rays.