Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Kevin Russo 3B
RHP Javy Vazquez (5-5, 5.63)
Career vs. Astros
Michael Bourn CF
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Lance Berkman 1B
Carlos Lee DH
Hunter Pence RF
Geoff Blum 3B
Jason Michaels LF
Humberto Quintero C
Tommy Manzella SS
LHP Wandy Rodriguez (3-8, 4.95)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 105 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Brian Gorman
WEATHER: There’s a chance of rain, but so far so good here at the stadium. There are clouds, but also plenty of sun shining through.
NL PITCHER: Even though he’s spent some time in the National League, Javier Vazquez has faced only four current Astros more than 10 times. Jason Michaels has hit .333 against him, but Pedro Feliz, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee have hit .250 or worse. Lee does have two homers against Vazquez.
HOME SWEET HOME (RUN): Neither team homered last night, marking hte fourth homerless game at Yankee Stadium this season. The Yankees are 3-1 in those games, so it’s working out for the home team, but last year this stadium saw just one zero-home-run game during the regular season.
MILITARY APPRECIATION: As part of Military Appreciation Day at the stadium, former Army Ranger Keni Thomas, who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu that was depicted in Black Hawk Down, will sing the national anthem and God Bless America.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Derek Jeter’s home run was the 24th lead-off home run of his career, tying Rickey Henderson for the most in Yankees history. It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Hunter Pence just clobbered the first pitch of the second inning. That’s a solo shot to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: RBI double by Jeff Keppinger has put the Astros in front 2-0. I’ve always kind of liked Keppinger. He was stuck in the Mets system for a while, but he’s been alright since he got a chance to get some regular at-bats in the big leagues.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Jeter walks, steals second, takes third on an error and scores on Swisher’s single. Two Yankees runs this game, and Jeter’s created both of them.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Remember when I wrote pregame about Jorge Posada not being comfortable as a DH? Nevermind.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: The grand slam was Jorge Posada’s 250th career home run. The Yankees are now up 6-2.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Apparently Brett Gardner is good to go. He just came in to play left field for Marcus Thames.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Line drive home run for Carlos Lee, cutting the Yankees lead to 6-3. The Astros have really hit only three balls hard off Vazquez, but all three have lead to a run. Two homers and an RBI double.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: A two-homer day for Jeter. A three-run shot here in the sixth inning has pushed the Yankees lead to 9-3. It’s his ninth career multi-homer game, his first since 2006. He hadn’t hit two homers at home since 2005, also in interleague against the Cubs.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Marcus Thames left today’s game with a strained right hamstring. He’s currently undergoing an MRI.