Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ramiro Pena 2B
Brian Gordon RHP
RHP Brian Gordon (0-0, 3.38)
Gordon has never faced any of the Reds
Chris Heisey CF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Joey Votto 1B
Jay Bruce RF
Jonny Gomes LF
Ramon Hernandez C
Miguel Cairo 3B
Paul Janish SS
Johnny Cueto RHP
RHP Johnny Cueto (4-2, 1.68)
Cueto vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9 / MLB Network
WEATHER: Still so far, so good. Some of the clouds have actually cleared out. Wind still blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP D.J. Reyburn, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Lance Barrett
LET’S PLAY TWO: Last time the Yankees played a double header was that two-game set in Boston at the end of last season. The Yankees split that day, winning the the first game and losing the second.
CLOSE THE DEAL: The Yankees are 17-7 in series finales hit season, and they’ve won nine of their past 11.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Full count, Gordon allowed a home run to his first batter of the night. An early 1-0 Reds lead in the first.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Gordon sent the next three down in order, and Swisher picked him up with a solo shot in the top of the second. Tied at 1 with Gordon heading back for his second inning.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Another leadoff homer, and another inning limited to the one run. It’s 2-1 Reds after two innings.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: I can’t imagine how badly Gordon wanted to swing away at that 3-0 pitch. All this time waiting, and he doesn’t even get the bat off his shoulder with a four-pitch walk in his first big league plate appearance. Also, batting lefty. Weird.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Gordon was good except for three key mistakes, each of them a home run to left field. It’s a 4-1 Reds lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, with Boone Logan in to face Joey Votto and Jay Bruce (he got them both out).
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Girardi went to the bench, but neither Cano nor Posada could come up with the big hit in the seventh inning. The Yankees left the bases loaded and still trail 4-1.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Noesi just struggled through the seventh. He hit a batter with the bases loaded and allowed three runs that gave the Reds considerable breathing room. It’s now 7-1.