Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Javier Vazquez RHP
RHP Javier Vazquez (6-6, 5.01)
Kelly Johnson 2B
Stephen Drew SS
Justin Upton RF
Miguel Montero C
Chris Young CF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Gerardo Parra LF
Dontrelle Willis LHP
LHP Dontrelle Willis (1-0, 4.20)
Willis vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 9:40 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP James Hoye, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B John Hirschbeck, 3B Wally Bell
WEATHER: I was worried when I was driving to the park and took that picture on the right. The roof was open and the stadium was pretty hot when I walked in, but the roof has since been closed and the temperature is basically the same as it’s been the previous two games. Upper 70s.
NINE HITS: Yankees starter Javier Vazquez doesn’t have a ton of experience against these Diamondbacks, but he’s faced every hitter in tonight’s Arizona lineup at least three times. All told, the D-Backs at 9-for-56 against him, good for a .161/.217/.250 slash line.
BRIGHT FUTURE: With Austin Romine and Hector Noesi already selected for the Futures Game, Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin will also participate as a coach. The Yankees have had two players participate in both the Futures Game and the MLB All-Star Game while members of the Yankees organization: Second basemen Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano.
PREGAME COMEDY: Completely forgot to mention this in the pregame notes… In the clubhouse before the game, Nick Swisher couldn’t get over today’s Wimbledon epic that lasted 10 hours and still isn’t over. At one point, he asked no one in particular what the baseball equivalent would be. It was the Times’ Ben Shpigel who had everyone laughing. “One game against the Red Sox,” he said.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Five batters into the game, the Diamondbacks bullpen is already busy. The Yankees are up 1-0 and Willis can’t throw strikes.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: The Yankees tried to turn this into a huge inning, going hit-and-run with Cano at the plate, but Cano struck out and Teixeira was thrown out to let Willis off the hook.
UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: The Diamondbacks returned the favor by running themselves into an out in the bottom of the first, but it really felt like the Yankees should have gotten more than one out of that play. Now the bases are loaded with one out and Chris Young at the plate.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: The Yankees let the Diamondbacks off the hook in the top of the first inning, then let them take the lead in the bottom half. It’s 2-1 on Adam LaRoche’s two-out, two-run single.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Willis is trying to let the Yankees win this thing. He’s now walked the bases loaded for Alex Rodriguez.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Willis walks in a run and A.J. Hinch has seen enough. Here’s reliever Blaine Boyer with the bases loaded, one out and a 2-2 tie in the third inning.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Hard to pick a better hitter to have at the plate in that situation, but Robinson Cano just grounded into an inning-ending double play. That’s twice the Yankees have turned a potentially huge inning into a one-run inning. It’s 2-2.
UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Willis threw 66 pitches, only 27 for a strike. He walked seven, yet the Yankees got only two runs.
UPDATE, 11:12 p.m.: Not going well for Vazquez. He’s having some command issues of his own and the D-Backs are back in front, 4-2.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Robinson Can just flung his helmet in disgust. Great diving catch in left field, Alex Rodriguez doubled off at first, and the Yankees have so far ran themselves out of this game.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Chance to do something big here. Two on, no outs in the sixth. Gardner at the plate, Curtis on deck to pinch hit for Vazquez.
UPDATE, 11:46 p.m.: That’s a base hit for Curtis, tying the game at 4. Gardner drove in a run with a ground out, and this time Curtis played it cool on his second big league hit. Just a little hand clap when he got to first.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: GIDP by Jeter. The Yankees are officially unable to take full advantage of their opportunities tonight.
UPDATE, 12:03 a.m.: A balk and wild pitch basically handed the Diamondbacks the lead. What a horribly played game by the Yankees. It’s 5-4.
UPDATE, 1:10 a.m.: As you can probably imagine, I’ve been writing and rewriting this game story several times tonight. I’ve thought several times that the Yankees were going to at least tie it, and they’ve finally done it in the ninth. A sac fly by Alex Rodriguez has pulled the Yankees into a 5-5 tie. There are two on with two outs and Cervelli at the plate.
UPDATE, 1:12 a.m.: Cervelli is the Yankees last catcher, and when he began arguing that strikeout, Tony Pena was on the top step of the dugout frantically waving for him to get away from the umpire. By the way, Rivera is in.
UPDATE, 1:13 a.m.: Rivera is batting second. Huffman is in right field batting ninth.
UPDATE, 1:25 a.m.: Granderson! Solo home run to lead off the 10th inning has the Yankees in the lead 6-5.
UPDATE, 1:36 a.m.: Rivera at the plate. And he made contact twice! Foul ball and a ground out. He’ll try to close out his own win.
UPDATE, 1:50 a.m.: An ugly game ends with brilliance from Mariano Rivera. Bases loaded with no outs, and Rivera gets out of it with two popups and a strikeout. Unreal. Yankees win 6-5.