Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 4.00)
Mets vs. Sabathia
Jose Reyes SS
Angel Pagan CF
David Wright 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Rod Barajas C
Fernando Tatis DH
Jeff Francoeur RF
Ruben Tejada 2B
LHP Johan Santana (5-3, 3.13)
Santana vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Bill Miller, 2B Mike Reilly (crew chief), 3B Chad Fairchild
WEATHER: Hot with highs in the lower 90s. Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Southwest winds around 5 mph becoming west 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Heat index values in the mid 90s, aka stifling.
BIG AND EASY: Super Bowl champ Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints delivered a supersized $10,000 check made out to the Yankees Foundation. He just passed it to Teixeira on the field, with son Baylen, the Super Bowl baby, in tow.
REMATCH: Sabathia and Santana met on May 23 at Citi Field. The Mets beat the Yankees 6-4 and Sabathia was rocked for six runs on 10 hits in just five innings. Santana allowed just a run on six hits over 7.2 innings. Still, the Yankees are 5-2 all-time against Santana. His 4.02 ERA in 12 games is one of the six-worst for Santana against opponent, although it is skewed by last June’s nine-run, three-inning thrashing here.
CAPTAIN LIKES TO MESS WITH THE JOHAN: Jeter is batting a robust .433 in his career against Santana. He is 13 for 30 with a homer and five RBI. Cano is also batting .400 (8 for 20). Conversely, Granderson is 0 for 12 with six strikeouts.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY: And Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. Enjoy the game!
Update, 1:23 p.m.: A quick first inning, 0-0. As someone said in the comments, Santana’s stuff is shorter than it used to be, but his changeup is still a great pitch, as Teixeira just learned.
Update, 1:29 p.m.: For those following along in the car or at the game, Sabathia’s fastball has been between 90-94 and Santana’s 89-90 so far. CC just struck out Barajas on a wicked breaking ball.
Update, 1:32 p.m.: Sabathia strikes out Tatis looking to end the top of the second. Was that pitch low? It was close.
Update, 1:49 p.m.: No blood for Yanks, but they did a good job working the count that inning, especially after A-Rod’s leadoff, check-swing squibber. Santana’s already at 40 pitches through two innings of play. Still 0-0.
Update, 2:09 p.m.: That’s a grand slam for Teixeira to give the Yanks a 4-0 lead. It’s his first grand slam since Aug. 2008, which was hit at the old Yankee Stadium off Edwar Ramirez. It’s Tex’s fifth grand slam and the seventh of the season for the Yanks, who lead baseball.
The Mets were really hurt by bad luck and poor defense there. Jeter reached on a squibber to third to put two on. Then they really botched Swisher’s bunt attempt, although credit Swisher to pushing a bunt into no-man’s land between first and the pitcher’s mound.
Update, 2:12 p.m.: Yankees lead 4-0. Posada struck out looking to end the third inning and did not like the call. He chirped at home plate umpire Eric Cooper. Girardi put his hand over Jorge’s mouth to prevent him from going to far. But as Posada was pulled back to the dugout, Cooper started to move his hand as if he was going to toss him before stopping. It looked very close.
Update, 2:22 p.m.: That is Granderson’s first hit vs. Santana. He had been 0 for 13 with six strikeouts in his career.
Update, 2:28 p.m.: We’re through four innings. Yankees still lead 4-0. Santana got a quick inning there thanks to a great double play started by Wright, who has really matured into an outstanding third baseman. Still, the Yanks will have a chance to strike in the fifth with the top of the order due to bat.
Update, 2:36 p.m.: Gardner nearly pulled the chair out from under himself there by jumping so far from the wall. That just shows you what kind of athlete he is. There was no wall to lean against and he still kept his balance after catching Barajas’ fly ball. Yanks lead 4-0, middle of the fifth. Just 66 pitches for CC, who should pitch deep into this game.
Update, 2:46 p.m.: Quick reaction: Some people will tell you A-Rod, slumping, should swing 3-and-0 to get going. Maybe in a different lineup that would be true. But not with Robinson Cano on deck. Sorry. (For those who don’t know, A-Rod just popped out to the catcher in foul ground on a 3-0 pitch with two on and one out.)
Update, 2:52 p.m.: With Santana at 93 pitches after five, the Yankees should be done with him after the sixth. This is a big inning for Sabathia, who will need to keep the Met speedsters off base.
Update, 2:57 p.m.: Yanks still lead 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Does that diving stop by A-Rod make anyone feel better about his health?
Update, 3:09 p.m.: If that’s it, not a good start at all for Santana: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HP. He did allow a pair of infield hits in the third that could’ve been avoided. That said, A-Rod bailed him out of a jam in the fifth when he popped out on a 3-and-0 pitch.
Sabathia heads to the seventh working on a three-hitter, up 4-0.
Update, 3:14 p.m.: CC will need to be careful here with two on and nobody out. Barajas is not a good hitter but he has tremendous power and could easily turn a sleeper into a one-run game.
Update, 3:21 p.m.: CC squirmed out of the jam pretty easily, getting Barajas on a called strike three (that missed its location by three feet but was definitely a strike) and a double play. He’s at just 92 pitches through seven and could go the distance. Yanks up 4-0.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Why is Jenrry Mejia in the major leagues? He pumps sinkers at 96-97 mph at 20 years old yet is relegated to mop-up duty, pitching the seventh down 4-0. Obviously, he has a lot to work on, but isn’t it worth waiting for? Does this make sense at all to anyone?
Update, 3:37 p.m.: Rain delay. Once Mejia took the mound the sky grew very gray. It didn’t take long for it to open up.
Update, 3:42 p.m.: The Rays lost to the Marlins, 4-1. If the Yankees hold on here (or if the game is called), they will move into first place in the AL East.
Update, 3:53 p.m.: The tarp is being folded up. We should start here in a little while. No one is throwing in the Yankee pen.
Update, 3:59 p.m.: Looks like we’re going to get started. The delay lasted 22 minutes. Fernando Nieve vs. Rodriguez to lead off the bottom of the eighth. There is movement in the Yankee pen but no one is warming.
Update, 4:00 p.m.: Mariano Rivera and David Robertson are now both warming in the pen.
Update, 4:06 p.m.: Rivera on to pitch the ninth. Ramiro Pena is in at third for Rodriguez.
Update, 4:12 p.m.: The line for CC: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.
Update, 4:13 p.m.: Yankees win, 4-0. They wrap it up in 2:41 thanks to a 1-2-3 inning by Rivera. They are now in first place, one game clear of the Rays. The Red Sox can remain one game back with a win tonight over the Dodgers.
More from the clubhouse in a bit.