Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Colin Curtis RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena SS
RHP Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.81)
Vazquez vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Justin Smoak 1B
Michael Saunders LF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Wilson SS
RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.01)
Hernandez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m. ET / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Ed Rapuano, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Ron Kulpa
WEATHER: I know it’s supposed to rain in this city all the time, but we’ve had nothing but great weather this weekend. Today has been the nicest of the bunch. Just a perfect blue sky overhead.
ALL ABOUT PITCHING: The Yankees have allowed six runs total in the past five games. It’s the first time they’ve pulled that off since 2002. They’ve not allowed six runs through six games since 1998, when they did it through seven games.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: Nick Swisher is hitting .474 with four runs, four doubles and a home run on the current road trip. The trip, of course, started the day after he was named to the final all-star ballot.
GOING DEEP: Russell Branyan is 3-for-7 in his career against Javier Vazquez. All three hits have been home runs. It’s a small sample size but still impressive.
THREE BASES: The Yankees have 21 triples this season. That matches their total from last year.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Justin Smoak’s at-bat music: Smoke on the Water.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Put that man in the Home Run Derby! Swisher goes deep for a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: So far so good for Vazquez. Only a walk allowed through the first three innings.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Gardner was running on the pitch, but Swisher hit it hard enough that the Mariners were still able to turn two, a double play to end the fifth inning. Still a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: Must be nice to have Gardner and Granderson in left and center. Those two cover a lot of ground and there was never much doubt one of them was going to catch that fly ball. Gardner got it and Vazquez is through five innings, still 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: There’s a room in the press box that’s showing the game in 3D. It’s pretty amazing. It’s not so much that the baseball is flying off the screen or anything like that, there’s just real depth perception. The shot from behind the pitcher, you can really see how much room is from the mound to the plate. When they show the outfield, you have a better feel for how far the center fielder is from the wall. It’s little things like that, and it makes a huge difference. You have to wear some sort of 3D glasses to see it properly, but it’s an amazing way to watch the game. Meanwhile, here’s Javy, back on the mound for the sixth inning, still with a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 11:46 p.m.: Not the nicest way to lose a no-hitter. Ichiro shot a ball up the middle, off Vazquez, who tried to rush the throw and made a bad one in the dirt. Would have been an out had Teixeira scooped it, but that’s definitely a hit.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Vazquez opened this inning at 93 pitches. Even without that infield hit, it might have been tricky for him to go nine innings.
UPDATE, 12:08 a.m.: Damaso Marte warming in the pen as Vazquez allows his second hit of the game with two outs in the seventh.
UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: Marte getting warm in the pen, but Girardi is sticking with Vazquez with the bases loaded and Milton Bradley at the plate. This seems to be the at-bat of the game.
UPDATE, 12:20 a.m.: Nice little play by Pena to keep the one-run lead intact. He made it look easy, but that ball really seemed destined for center field off the bat.
UPDATE, 12:30 a.m.: Looks like Cano is arguing that he made contact with that pitch. I haven’t seen a good replay of it, but it hardly matters. It was called a swinging strike and the eighth inning is over with runners stranded at first and second.
UPDATE, 12:32 a.m.: Here’s Joba with a one-run lead in the eighth. First pitch, a single to center.
UPDATE, 12:34 a.m.: On a foul ball, Jack Wilson had to run back to first base, and he intentionally ran around the mound. Just pointing it out. Chamberlain wasn’t even paying attention. He clearly didn’t care one way or the other.
UPDATE, 12:42 a.m.: Oh jeez. A grand slam. Let’s revisit the Chamberlain-in-the-eighth questions, shall we?