Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Colin Curtis RF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (10-2, 3.83)
Hughes vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Michael Saunders LF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Wilson SS
RHP David Pauley (0-0, 0.00)
Pauley vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m. ET / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Lance Barksdale, 2B Ed Rapuano, 3B Tom Hallion
WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky but nothing to worry about. Temperatures in the 80s with practically no chance of rain.
I’m calling an audible tonight. I usually put the game post 15 minutes before the game and some pregame notes before that, but this has been a pretty weird day. I just haven’t had time to write a regular pregame notes post, so we’ll go with an early game post that has some notes. To be perfectly honest, it was pretty much all Cliff Lee here at Safeco. There aren’t many Yankee notes to begin with.
• Girardi said he heard the Cliff Lee rumors this morning. He made one call to ask what was going on, then went about his day. “I don’t ever think you’re gonna have a guy in your clubhouse until he actually walks through that door,” Girardi said. “There’s a lot of things that take place that, as a manager, I really don’t ever have to deal with. I went through it in ’96 where we thought we were getting players, and we were going to get this guy, and that was my first taste of it. I realize that until a guy’s in that clubhouse, you really can’t think too much about it.”
• Nick Johnson did not see Dr. Ahmad today. He was expected to see him but did not. There’s no word on when that might actually happen.
• Girardi said there’s nothing new on Alfredo Aceves, but Sergio Mitre is scheduled to make another rehab appearance tomorrow.
• The Yankees have not settled on a rotation for after the all-star break.
• Girardi said he’s “pretty close” to naming an all-star game starter.
• The Yankees had Kangaroo Court today. Mariano Rivera was once again the judge. “I’m sure I’m rung up,” Girardi said.
UPDATE, 10:52 p.m.: Well, Mark Teixeira hit that solo home run in the first inning, but David Pauley has shut the Yankees down in the second the third. It’s still 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Pretty nice curveball from Hughes to strike out Russell Branyan and get out of the third inning.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Apparently Cliff Lee left a little bit of himself in Seattle, and he’s calling it David Pauley.
UPDATE, 11:41 p.m.: Oh wow. They gave Lopez an error on that play. Looked like a base hit to me. He was in on the grass and Jeter hits a ball hard like that. Should be a hit, but what do I know.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: Sac fly from Alex Rodriguez brought in a run, but it’s the two-out, two-run triple that’s done the most damage, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead here in the sixth.
UPDATE, 11:56 p.m.: The Yankees got one more run on an RBI single by Granderson and Hughes is back on the mound with a 5-0 lead in the sixth. The Yankees have five runs and only four hits.
UPDATE, 12:06 p.m.: Did Brett Gardner misread that ball to left? Kind of looked like it from up here. Either way, it fell for an RBI double to get the Mariners on the board, 5-1.
UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: Starting in front of a lot of home town fans, Colin Curtis just doubled. His friends must be sitting beneath the press box, because that section went nuts when he drove that ball to the wall.