Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP Javier Vazquez (9-9, 4.89)
Vazquez vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Josh Bard C
Michael Saunders LF
Josh Wilson SS
LHP Jason Vargas (9-5, 3.15)
Vargas vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Brian Knight, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Greg Gibson
WEATHER: Low 80s. Hardly any chance of rain. Little bit of a breeze blowing in.
LEFT ON LEFT: Robinson Cano hits lefties. We already know that. Against this particular lefty, Jason Vargas, he’s a career .714 hitter (5-for-7) with two doubles and no strikeouts. The guy he’s replacing in the clean-up spot, Alex Rodriguez, is 0-for-4 with two walks and a K against Vargas.
SPEAKING OF LEFTIES: The Yankees are 12-5 in this past 17 games against left-handed starters. Before this stretch, they were 12-12 against lefties.
ON TIME: The Yankees-Red Sox game on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium, has been picked up by FOX and will begin at 4:10 p.m.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Vazquez’s third pitch of the game is the 36th lead-off home run of Ichiro’s career.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Whoa. Branyan just went into the upper deck with his third home run in two days. I honestly can’t believe how far he hit it. Television had the Vazquez fastball at 86 mph. The stadium gun has him ranging between 84 and 88.
UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Robinson Cano picks up Vazquez with a two-run single in the bottom of the first. The game’s tied at 2.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Jorge Posada’s 14th home run of the season is a two-run shot to left, and it’s enough for 4-2 Yankees lead. Still in the first inning.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: After a fairly routine fly ball round a hole for a two-base hit to start the second inning, Vazquez got out of it with three straight outs, one of them on a terrific play by Teixeira at first.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Thought Nunez had his first big league hit for sure. Nice play by Wilson to take it away.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Ichiro’s second swing is his second home run of the game. He has just five homers all year.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: With two outs in the third, four straight Seattle batters have reached base. Chad Gaudin is getting loose in the bullpen. The game is tied at 4.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: That’s it for Vazquez. A lead-off infield single is enough to chase him from the game in the fourth inning. Gaudin is now pitching.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Terrific job by Gaudin. He’s pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He’s carried the game into the seventh inning. If this is as far as he goes, he’s certainly done his job. The rest of the bullpen should be able to handle it from here.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Boone Logan is in for Gaudin to begin the seventh. Really nice job by Gaudin. He’s one of the reasons the Yankees don’t need to rush Alfredo Aceves back into the mix. With Gaudin and Mitre pitching well, the Yankees don’t absolutely have to have another multi-inning reliever.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: The entire Yankees bench came to the front of the dugout to cheer Eduardo Nunez’s first big league hit. It was an important one, a single through the right side of the infield that scored Austin Kearns from third base and put the Yankees in front 5-4.
UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: And there’s an RBI single by the Captain. That makes it 6-4 with Logan in line for the win.
UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Teixeira’s sac fly makes it 7-4 before the end of the inning. Ramiro Pena is in for Nunez to play third base. Brett Gardner is in for Kearns to play left. Swisher is staying in the game in right. Jeter is staying in the game at short. Dave Robertson is pitching.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Girardi’s not messing around here. He’s bringing Rivera in with two outs and two on in the eighth. Robertson pitched well. He struck out two, but a hit batter and a bloop single put him in a little bit of trouble.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: Casey Kotchman was just charged with an error, his first since 2008. It snapped the longest error-less streak of all time at first base. The Yankees are now in front 9-4.