Update, 7:12: Nice reception for Johnny Damon, as expected. And deserved.
Update, 7:16: Tough at-bat Damon, but he ends up lining softly back to Javier Vazquez.
Update, 7:32: Can’t blame Vazquez’s diminished fastball for that two-run shot to the left-field seats by Ryan Raburn here in the second. He hit a breaking ball.
Update, 7:47: Good job by Vazquez to leave the bases loaded. But I believe he’s thrown 60 pitches in two innings.
Update, 7:39: The Yankees are alarmed over Vazquez struggling here. Sergio Mitre is warming.
Update, 7:42: It has started to rain again. Fans are fleeing for cover.
Update, 8:21: Max Scherzer has held the Yankees to no runs and one hit through three. They have this habit of struggling whenever they see a pitcher for the first time.
Update, 8:29: Vazquez is at 100 pitches with two outs in the fourth.
Update, 8:33: So what do we make of this start? Two runs, five hits, four walks, four innings, 106 pitches. We’ll see if Vazquez comes out for the fifth.
Update, 8:48: No runs and one hit through four for the Yankees. And Vazquez is done. Mitre is on for the fifth.
Update, 8:49: Something’s up with A-Rod. Ramiro Pena is playing third.
Update, 8:52: The streak is over. That throw from Derek Jeter that pulled Mark Teixeira off the bag snapped his career-best streak of 52 games without an error.
Update, 9:23: Finally, a second hit, by Jeter with one out here in the sixth. Maybe there’s something up with Swisher now. Austin Kearns is pinch hitting.
Update, 9:28: Scherzer just threw that 97 mph by Mark Teixeira to end the sixth, but he has thrown 114 pitches, so he should be done with a line of no runs and two hits, with 6 Ks and two walks.
Update, 9:40: Scherzer is indeed done, although it was 115 pitches. Phil Coke will face his former team in the seventh.
Update, 9:47: A-Rod left with a tight left calf and is day to day. Swisher left with tightness in his right forearm and is day to day. No tests are scheduled for either player. In a positive note for the Yankees, Curtis Granderson just got a double off a lefty, Coke. So it’s second and third, two outs. Ryan Perry is coming in to face Francisco Cervelli.
Update, 9:52: Cervelli was so productive the first two months of the season. But he has tailed off badly since. Grounder to short, inning over.
Update, 10:13: Rays win, 6-4, over the Rangers. So the Yankees will drop into a tie for first if they lose.
Update, 10:16: Jose Valverde is coming in to try for a four-out save.
Update, 10:22: Marcus Thames will bat for Pena with two on and two out. Wonder if Thames will have to play third in the ninth. That didn’t go so well last time.
Update, 10:26: Thames grounded out. Now Cervelli will play third. Jorge Posada will move from DH to catcher. Joba will pitch the ninth.
Update, 10:33: A relapse for Joba. Solo shot for Miguel Cabrera, No. 28.
Update, 10:49: Bases loaded, one out for Brett Gardner. Valverde is struggling with his control.
Update, 11:01: Yankees lose 3-1.