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Game 71: Yankees at Reds

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jun 20, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (41-29)
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ivan Nova RHP

RHP Ivan Nova (6-4, 4.46)
Nova vs. Reds

REDS (38-35)
Drew Stubbs CF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votta 1B
Jay Bruce RF
Scott Rolen 3B
Chris Heisey LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Paul Janish SS
Travis Wood LHP

LHP Travis Wood (5-4, 5.11)
Wood vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network / ESPN

WEATHER: The wind is blowing in pretty hard from right field. It’s cloudy, but for now the rain has stopped.

UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B D.J. Reyburn, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Tim McClelland

HIGH POINT: After last night’s win, the Yankees are 12 games over .500, which is their high-water mark for the season thus far.

NOT  A PLATOON PLAYER: Curtis Granderson is tied with Jose Bautista and Mark Teixeira for the Major League lead in home runs with 21. Granderson has hit nine of him home runs off left-handed pitchers, which is more home runs vs.LHP than any other player — lefty or righty — in the big leagues. Granderson leads the Majors with 61 runs scored this season.

START STRONG: The Yankees have outscored their opponents 103-61 in the first two innings this season (54-31 in the first inning). They’ve scored the first run in 44 of 70 games this season.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Four-run first inning with Rodriguez, Cano, Martin and Jones — yes, Jones — all driving in runs for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: There’s a clean 1-2-3 second inning for Nova. He allowed a run in the first and let the first two batters reach base, but he’s retired five in row now without letting the ball leave the infield. Ground balls are usually a good sign for him.

UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Not sure what happened there, but Jones is still in the game after basically trotting his way into a double play. Actually trotting might be generous. He basically walked the last few steps to first, and a blown play by the Reds turned into two outs. Jones seemed to be hurt, but he stayed in the game after being checked on the field.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Big ovation here for Paul O’Neill, who was just shown on the big screen while sitting in the YES booth.

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Twelve ground ball out for Nova, who looks terrific tonight. He’s still leaning heavily on his fastball and curveball, but he’s also thrown quite a few changeups and that seems to be helping him. Whatever it is, he’s been dominant against a very good offense.

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