Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Andy Pettitte LHP
LHP Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.48)
Burnett vs. Dodgers
Rafael Furcal SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
Casey Blake 3B
James Loney 1B
Russell Martin C
Reed Johnson CF
Clayton Kershaw LHP
LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.24)
Kershaw vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Jerry Crawford
WEATHER: I’m looking at a blue sky for our last day in Los Angeles. Weather couldn’t have been better this weekend. I expect more of the same when I land in New York!
OLD FOES: The two Dodgers with the most career at-bats against Andy Pettitte are also the two with the most success against him. Manny Ramirez is 32-for-77 (.416) with four home runs and Garrett Anderson is 33-for-82 (.402) with three home runs. No other Dodgers hitter with more than 10 at-bats against him has better than a .133 average.
COMPLETE STRANGERS: Aside from one at-bat by Nick Swisher, the Yankees have never faced Clayton Kershaw.
THREE WITH NINE: When CC Sabathia got the win on Friday, he became the third Yankees pitcher to reach nine wins this season. The Yankees are the first team since the 1998 Braves (Glavine, Maddux and Millwood) to have three pitchers with nine wins within the first 73 games of the season. This is the first Yankees team to do it since 1976 (Ellis, Figueroa and Hunter).
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Andy Pettitte hasn’t had a ton of success against Manny Ramirez in his career, but he won the battle here in the first. With runners at the corners, Ramirez grounded into an inning-ending double play to let Pettitte off the hook. Scoreless after one.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Well that was a debacle. Fielding mistakes and throwing errors just cost the Yankees in a three-run third inning. Dodgers are up 3-0 and Pettitte has suddenly thrown a ton of pitches.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Huffman is in for Gardner in left field. No word on why. Could be connected to that HBP in the third inning.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Double. Sac bunt. Sac fly. Home run. Another bad inning for Pettitte and the Dodgers are up 5-0.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Initially Pettitte was charged with only one error in the third inning. The second was charged to Cano. That has been changed so that Pettitte has two throwing errors in the inning, Cano has none.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Brett Gardner is out with a bruised right forearm. No x-rays necessary. Day to day.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Looks like the power is still there for Rodriguez. He just hit another home run, a two-run shot to pull the Yankees within three. It’s 5-2.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Dave Robertson and Damaso Marte combined for a scoreless bottom of the sixth. The Yankees now have three innings to score three runs.
UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Chad Huffman at the plate with the bases loaded, one out and the Yankees down by one. Biggest at-bat of his life? I’d say so. Probably by a lot.
UPDATE, 11:26 p.m.: What do you know, the kid comes through. That’s a huge two-run single for Huffman, now the Yankees have Colin Curtis and Derek Jeter coming to the plate to try to win it.
UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: Well, Curtis was able to tie it with a ground out. Now Rivera is in with the game even at 6-6.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: I wonder if Torre misses Rivera.
UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: Robinson Cano, two run homer to put the Yankees in the lead. Unreal.