Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP Andy Pettitte (10-2, 2.82)
Pettitte vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Josh Bard C
Josh Wilson SS
Michael Saunders LF
LHP Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.22)
Vargas vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m. ET / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Ed Rapuano
WEATHER: The roof is open and the sun is shining.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Utility man Kevin Russo turned 26 today.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Yankees have won four straight on the road. That matches their season high. They have also won 10 of their past 13 games on the road.
GONE STREAKING: Mark Teixeira has reached base — hit, walk or HBP — in 28 straight games. That matches Derek Jeter for the longest such streak by a Yankee this season. Teixeira’s longest streak is 35 straight in 2008.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: The Yankees actually released an official statement from CC Sabathia regarding the LeBron James signing: “I’m happy for him. He made a decision and it had a lot to do with trying to win a championship. You can’t fault him for that. I do feel bad for the city of Cleveland, though. He meant a lot to that city and the people there.”
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Not too many outfielders throw out Ichiro on the bases. That’s a big throw from Brett Gardner to get Ichiro at third.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: After Gardner picked him up with that outfield assist, Andy Pettitte has gotten five straight outs to get through the second inning scoreless.
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: The fans in Seattle seem to regard Alex Rodriguez the same way the fans in Cleveland are sure to regard LeBron James.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: The Yankees put seven runners on base in the first four innings. None of them scored. Still scoreless as Pettitte goes to the mound in the fourth.
UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Nick Swisher’s playing like he’s still trying to earn that all-star spot. He has three hits and now a sliding catch in right field. He’s probably gonna get his name in the newspaper tomorrow.
UPDATE, 11:36 p.m.: While the Yankees have stranded yet another base runner, the owner of the Cavaliers has posted an unreal letter in which he rips LeBron and promises a championship in Cleveland.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: Andy Pettitte was steaming mad when he walked off the mound, having struck out back-to-back batters to strand the bases loaded. I’m sure he was a little pumped for getting out of the jam, but he was still kicking himself for his throwing error that brought in a run. Mariners lead 1-0.
UPDATE, 11:56 p.m.: After Marcus Thames pinch hit for Ramiro Pena, the Yankees are now going with Kevin Russo at third base. Still a 1-0 game in the bottom of the seventh.
UPDATE, 12:10 a.m.: For Rodriguez’s at-bat in the eighth, dollar bills — real dollars — fell from the upper deck of the stadium like ticker tape.
UPDATE, 12:24 a.m.: GIDP with runners at the corners finally drives in a run, but the Yankees had a chance to take a lead there in the eighth. Tied at 1. Yankees should absolutely be winning this thing.
UPDATE, 12:32 a.m.: Maybe it hasn’t been his best outing of the year, but Andy Pettitte has made some HUGE pitches tonight. There have been some walks and he threw that bunted ball away, but when he’s needed an out, he’s gotten it. Pretty impressive really.
UPDATE: 12:45 a.m.: Swisher’s huge day continues, and Rodriguez finally drives in the go-ahead runs with a two-out single. He was credited with both RBIs. Took second on the throw and third on an E-9. Yankees lead, 3-1.