Derek Jeter SS
Russell Martin C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Justin Maxwell RF
Melky Mesa CF
RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 1.80)
Colon vs. Pirates
Andrew McCutchen CF
Chase d’Arnaud 2B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Matt Diaz LF
Garrett Jones RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Chris Snyder C
Pedro Ciriaco SS
Kevin Correia P
RHP Kevin Correia (0-0, 8.31)
Correia vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., not on television
WEATHER: It was pretty hot here this afternoon, so it might be for the best that the Yankees have a night game. Wind is blowing out to center.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Mark Carlson, 3B Andy Fletcher
ON THE LINE: Bartolo Colon will be the first Yankees starter scheduled to pitch four innings. He’ll need to keep pace with the other back-of-the-rotation candidates… Eric Chavez gets another start, now looking like a clear roster favorite… Eduardo Nunez will get some time in left field during the late innings.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Joe Girardi said Manny Banuelos could throw three innings, meaning the Yankees might only have enough innings for Banuelos, Pedro Feliciano and Rafael Soriano to pitch in the game. Everyone else in the pen will backup if necessary.
BULLPEN FOR THE PIRATES: RHP Charlie Morton, RHP Daniel McCutchen, RHP Jose Veras and LHP Justin Thomas. Former Yankees reliever Anthony Claggett is also on the trip for the Pirates, but he’s not scheduled to pitch.
STILL WAITING FOR THE YANKEES: The Yankees will likely wait a few more days before making their first cuts, but the Pirates have already started trimming the roster. Their talented young catcher Tony Sanchez is among the players reassigned to minor league camp. The 22 years old hit .314 in A ball last year.
BACK IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Bernie Williams is in the building tonight. He walked into the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon, and after making small talk with a few guys, he went to sit in the locker — yes, in the locker, not on the chair — next to Derek Jeter, who was doing an interview at the time (no, not with me) and had to duck out of the way as Williams playfully kept trying to grab his head.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Colon struck out the side in the top of the first, now Russell Martin has a solo homer in the bottom half. It’s 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: The Pirates have opened the second inning with a single, double and sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: RBI single and the Pirates are ahead 2-1.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Russell Martin threw out Andrew McCutchen trying to steal second, and Colon is through the third inning without allowing another run. It’s still 2-1. Colon has five strikeouts.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Leading off the bottom of the third, Jeter hit what would have been a clean single to right field, but Garrett Jones tried to make a diving catch and the ball got past him, turning the single into a triple.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: RBI singles by Rodriguez and Cano have the Yankees back in the lead 3-2, and now a two-out error has the bases loaded for Justin Maxwell.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Ground out, pop up, single and strikeout in Rafael Soriano’s first pinstriped inning. Colon’s final line: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Four innings after Martin hit his first Yankees home run, Andruw Jones hit his first to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead in the fifth.