Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Andy Pettitte LHP
B.J. Upton CF
Carl Crawford DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Ben Zobrist RF
Jason Bartlett SS
Gabe Kapler LF
Kelly Shoppach C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
David Price LHP
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. EDT/YES and TBS
UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Jim Wolf, 2B Derryl Cousins (crew chief), 3B D.J. Reyburn.
WEATHER: It is 93 degrees and sunny with scattered clouds. The heat index will be in the mid 90s today. Winds are blowing out of the west 10-15 mph.
THIS PRICE HAS BEEN RIGHT VS. YANKS: All-Star Game starter David Price has been dominant against the Yankees in his short career. Yankee hitters are just 13 for 86 (.151 BAA) against Price. He has walked 10 against them, but has also struck out 19.
DIRTY 30: Andy Pettitte will start against the Rays for the 30th time in his career. The current Tampa lineup has hit the veteran lefty hard at times. Pena has five homers and eight RBI in 38 career at-bats vs. Pettitte, while Bartlett and Zobrist have both batted over .400. Pettitte has been able to neutralize Longoria, who is just 2 for 18 against him.
Update, 1:23 p.m.: Rays lead 3-0 in the middle of the first. Not a good first inning for Pettitte, who allowed three runs on four hits, the big blow being Pena’s three-run homer. It could’ve been worse had Pettitte not snared Crawford’s bunt attempt for the first out of the inning.
As I wrote before the game, Pena had owned Pettitte. He now has six homers vs. Pettitte in 39 career at-bats. It is the most homers any active player has against Pettitte. Pena had been tied with A-Rod and Carlos Delgado at five. For comparison’s sake, Manny Ramirez has just four homers in 79 career ABs vs. Pettitte.
Update, 1:34 p.m.: 3-2 Rays after one. The Yankees are back in the game after a two-run triple by Cano, who was all over Price in that at-bat. He he a couple hard foul balls before lining that triple off the left field wall.
Update, 1:47 p.m.: Are the Steinbrenner’s interested in buying EPL side Tottenham Hotspur? That’s what the Daily Star in England reported today. The paper says the Steinbrenner’s have considered a bid of 450 million Euros for Spurs, saying Hank, a former college soccer player, had stated his desire to buy a Premier League team before.
Update, 2:08 p.m.: Girardi just visited Pettitte at the behest of Posada. We’ll have to see what’s going on.
Update, 2:09 p.m.: After the visit, Pettitte threw one warmup pitch and bent over in pain. He was removed from the game here with one out and two on in the third. Oh boy.
Update, 2:11 p.m.: David Robertson is on to pitch. He’ll get all the time to warm up he needs. It’s early, but this is a pretty big spot for Robertson.
Update, 2:13 p.m.: Pettitte alllowed six hits, two walks and a hit batter in 2.1 innings. He threw 64 pitches and seemed to be fighting an internal battle today. We’ll find out later if that battle with was his stuff or if it was with some kind of discomfort as well. He didn’t appear to be struggling before he was removed, but he could’ve been hiding it. We’ll see.
Update, 2:19 p.m.: Credit Robertson, but what was Rodriguez doing swinging 2-and-0 after Robertson had thrown balls on his first three pitches. Very dumb baseball. Very fortunate for the Yankees.
Update, 2:37 p.m.: With Teixeira’s RBI single tying the score after three, the Yanks are in this. It will be a matter of how the bullpen holds up. It should be noted that no one is warming in the pen now, so this appears to be Robertson’s inning.
Update, 2:48 p.m.: Robertson strands Crawford at third, negating Crawford’s leadoff single and stolen base. It’s still 3-3, although it appears Chan Ho Park is warming in the bullpen.
Update, 2:55 p.m.: * INJURY UPDATE * The club says Pettitte left today’s game with a strained left groin.
Update, 3:08 p.m.: A good first inning there by Park. It’s not only 3-3 Yanks, but the bullpen has now thrown 2.2 innings of one-hit ball. Give these guys some credit.
Update, 3:25 p.m.: The Yankees take a 5-3 lead on an RBI single by Jeter and a two-out RBI single by A-Rod. The entire lineup has gotten it done for the Yankees today, but particularly the top. Jeter, Tex and A-Rod all have RBI singles, Swisher has a double, a run scored and just moved Jeter to third on a fly out, and Cano hit the two-run triple in the first. All in all, the 1-5 hitters are 6 for 13 with two walks, five RBI and four runs scored against Price, who has not pitched well.
Update, 3:31 p.m.: 7-3 Yanks. Andy Sonnanstine warming for the Rays.
Update, 3:40 p.m.: Boone Logan on for the Yanks. Park pitched 1 1/3 scoreless. He actually got five outs but a runner reached after that strikeout and a poor throw to first by Posada. Three scoreless innings and counting for the bullpen…
Update, 3:45 p.m.: * INJURY UPDATE * Pettitte has been taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI.
Update, 3:55 p.m.: Six of the Yankees eight runs today have been driven in with two outs. The latest came off the bat of Nick Swisher, and it gave them a 8-3 lead.
Update, 4:06 p.m.: The Yankee relief corps of Robertson, Park and Logan had turned in 4.1 innings of scoreless work until that solo homer by Kapler. Still 8-4 Yanks with two out in the top of the seventh.
Update, 4:12 p.m.: That was A-Rod’s 598th home run of his career.
Update, 4:25 p.m.: Joba is on to pitch for the Yanks. His last outing came a week ago when he allowed a grand slam to Jose Lopez in a 4-1 loss to Seattle.
Update, 4:43 p.m.: Yankees feel comfortable with their five-run lead. Javy Vazquez is throwing his bullpen right now. Rivera did not warm up at all, so it appears Joba has the ninth.
For what it’s worth, I’d have Rivera loosening. With the off day tomorrow, Girardi shouldn’t take any risk. This is a fairly important game, no?
Update, 4:53 p.m.: Chamberlain allowed a run with two outs and Girardi wastes no more time and calls on Mo. Now is the time where I try to pretend like I’m objective about the move. (He’s on my fantasy team.)
Update, 4:55 p.m.: Well, that was quick. One pitch from Rivera and it’s over. Yanks win 9-5, overcoming a 3-0 hole against David Price. Not bad.
The Yanks move three games up in the AL East by taking the rubber game. The bullpen was $$$. It pitched 6.2 innings of two-run ball. Robertson turned in the best work, escaping the jam left by Pettitte. He’ll be part of today’s story for sure.