Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Juan Miranda DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.45)
Vazquez vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Abreu DH
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Juan Rivera RF
Kevin Frandsen 3B
Bobby Wilson C
RHP Joel Pineiro (10-6, 3.95)
Pineiro vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Paul Emmel, 1B Bill Hohn, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Bruce Dreckman
WEATHER: Upper 80s with a slight chance of rain. A few clouds in the sky. Slight breeze blowing out to right.
WHAT’S LEFT? This will be Hideki Matsui’s first game in the outfield since … July 18. Not exactly a long stretch. It will, however, be his first game in a New York outfield since June 8, 2008.
SENT FROM ABOVE: Javier Vazquez has never recorded a win against the Angels. He’s pitched against them six times goin g0-3 with a 4.38 ERA. If he wins, though, Vazquez will become one of three active pitchers to have beaten all 30 current major league teams. According to Elias, Barry Zito and Jamie Moyer are the only other pitchers to have pulled it off.
YOU AGAIN: Jorge Posada threw out Bobby Abreu trying to steal second base twice last night. It was the first time Posada threw out the same runner twice in a game since Jerry Hairston Jr. — yet another former Yankee — back in 2004. And of course, this postgame stat from last night is worth repeating: Posada has thrown out six base runners this season. Four of them have been Abreu.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Couple of hits and an RBI ground out in the first inning. It’s enough for a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Two-run single by Teixeira has pushed the Yankees lead to 3-0 in the third. Jeter led off with a single, Swisher doubled, and both scored on Teixeira’s base hit to center field.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Make that 5-0 Yankees on Robinson Cano’s two-run shot.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: RBI double from Teixeira makes it 6-0. So far the top three hitters in the Yankees order are 8-for-9 with three doubles and five runs.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Bobby Wilson is back with a vengeance! His second hit of the day is a two-run homer to cut the Yankees lead to 6-3. Javy Vazquez has looked awfully good today until this inning. Aybar followed the homer with a single, and that’s four straight hits for the Angels, still with no outs. Boone Logan getting loose.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Cervelli throws out Aybar trying to steal third, then Vazquez strikes out Abreu to get out of the inning.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Good stat from my friend Tim Britton over at MLB.com: Hideki Matsui has as many Yankee Stadium home runs this season as Curtis Granderson. Matsui just went deep in the sixth to chase Vazquez and cut the lead to 6-5. Robertson now pitching. It was Matsui’s third home run in the Bronx this season.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Dave Robertson wiggles out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the Yankees lead intact.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain didn’t make it look easy, but he got out of trouble in the top of the seventh, then Juan Miranda went deep in the bottom half. It’s now 7-5 Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Paul Emmel, the same ump who ejected Joe Girardi yesterday, has now tossed Brett Gardner for arguing balls and strikes. Gardner seemed to argue briefly, then the argument seemed to be over. As Gardner was getting back in the box, he was tossed.
UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: All’s well that ends well. Colin Curtis hit for Gardner, hit his first career home run, and got a curtain call. It’s now 10-5 Yankees.