Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Chad Huffman LF
Brett Gardner CF
RHP Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43)
Career vs. Mets
Jose Reyes SS
Angel Pagan CF
David Wright 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Chris Carter DH
Rod Barajas C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Ruben Tejada 2B
LHP Hisanori Takahashi (5-2, 3.48)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / MY9
UMPIRES: HP Mike Reilly, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Bill Miller
WEATHER: I can’t see a cloud in the sky and I can’t imagine a nicer night for baseball. Very light breeze blowing out to center field.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Yankees are 43-32 all-time against the Mets. They are 22-14 at home, 21-18 on the road and 2-1 at the current Yankee Stadium.
METS ROLLING: Last time these two teams met, the Mets had lost seven of their past nine games. This time, the Mets have won seven straight, their second-longest winning streak of the season… The Mets also have nine rookies on their roster, the most in the majors… Mets starting pitchers are 17-3 with a 2.62 ERA in their past 28 games.
READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP: The Yankees haven’t announced which show will be taping, but on Sunday an “Emmy Award-winning primetime hit television show” will be filming a scene before Sunday’s game. The whole thing will start around 12:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to be in their seats no later than 12:15 to be in the show.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Might as well start the game with some controversy. David Wright made a great slide to score on a two-out single by Ike Davis. Francisco Cervelli thought he had the out, but the home plate umpire disagreed. To be honest, I think I agree with the ump.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Got pretty busy with newspaper stuff for a while there, but if you aren’t following on television or radio, you really haven’t missed much. It’s still a 1-0 Mets lead and Javy Vazquez has retired 10 of the past 11 batters he’s faced.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: That’s nine in a row retired by Vazquez, but the Yankees still haven’t scored to get themselves in this game.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: I wasn’t covering the last time Cervelli did the from-the-knees throw to second base, but it’s a lot of fun to see in person. It goes without saying that he was pumped afterward.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: That play by Wright has the potential be the biggest play in the game.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli took a big risk stretching that hit to a double, but it could pay off big. Here’s Granderson to pinch hit for Huffman.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: A three-run lead looms as a huge deficit in this game. Chan Ho Park walked the No. 9 hitter — that never ends well — then allowed back-to-back doubles to put the Mets in front 3-0.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: Another good job by Boone Logan, but the damage has been done and the Mets are ahead by three.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Obviously it worked out, but down three runs with Rodriguez and Cano coming to the plate, I’m not sure I’d have Swisher trying to take second base on the fly out. Says a lot about what the Yankees think of Jason Bay’s arm, though.