Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP A.J. Burnett (5-3, 4.02)
Burnett vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Luis Rodriguez 2B
Justin Smoak 1B
Jack Cust DH
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Adam Kennedy 2B
Miguel Olivo C
Carlos Peguero LF
Brendan Ryan SS
RHP Michael Pineda (6-2, 2.16)
Peneda vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Little bit chilly, but certainly not cold. Looks like they might be able to play with the roof open.
UMPIRES: HP Todd Tichenor, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Greg Gibson
BAD BEGINNINGS: The Yankees have lost four of their past five series openers. They are 8-9 in openers this season.
ROBERTSON IN RELIEF: Dave Robertson is bringing relief in every which way. He visited his tornado-wrecked hometown yesterday, and now he returns to the Yankees bullpen having been charged with an earned run in two of his 22 appearances this season. He’s struck out a batter in all but three outings. With the bases loaded, hitters are 1-for-8 with seven strikeouts against him. By the way, if you’re interested in The David and Erin Robertson foundation, visit the website.
UP NEXT, ICHIRO: The Yankees have allowed opposing No. 1 hitters a major-league-low .192 battinga average with a .256 on-base percentage. That OBP is second lowest in the majors.
AND BATTING SECOND: Since moving into the No. 2 spot in the lineup on May 6, Curtis Granderson is hitting .304 with 20 runs, eight home runs, 18 RBI and a .389 on-base percentage.
COOL JUST TO SEE HIM IN PERSON: Bill Russell is throwing out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. Pregame, he was standing behind home plate talking to Reggie Jackson.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Solo home run by Teixeira in the top of the first, and Luis Rodriguez very nearly matched it with a deep drive just foul. I mean, scraping-paint-off-the-pole kind of foul.
UPDATE, 11:03 p.m.: So, Burnett just walked Brennan Ryan, then struck out Ichiro? You really can’t predict it.
UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: Sitting next to Pete Caldera when the stadium begins playing Sinatra is a great experience. I’ve never heard this song in my life. He’s singing every word. By the way, the Yankees just managed to leave Curtis Granderson stranded after his leadoff walk and fortunate stolen base in the third innings. It’s still 1-0.
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: Nick Swisher just went deep… and Franklin Gutierrez just robbed him. Great play by a great defensive player. Tough luck for a struggling hitter.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: Nice little two-out rally for the Yankees in the fifth. Of course it started with Granderson and Teixeira, and now the Yankees are up 3-0 at the midway point.
UPDATE, 12:13 p.m.: Luis Ayala and Boone Logan are getting loose in the bullpen after Burnett allowed two runs in the bottom of the fifth. It’s 3-2 Yankees, and Ayala’s importance has become pretty clear.
UPDATE, 12:53 p.m.: Ayala manages a 1-2-3 seventh inning, but that doesn’t matter so much now that he and Boone Logan have combined to allow two runs in the sixth, coughing up the lead and giving the Mariners a 4-3 advantage.
UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.: Didn’t see that coming. Great job by Nunez to get the stolen base, but getting picked off there is brutal. I actually thought he was safe when I saw it live, but still. That should even be close.