Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Ramiro Pena SS
Freddy Garcia RHP
RHP Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.28)
Garcia vs. Mets
Angel Pagan CF
Justin Turner 2B
Carlos Beltran RF
Daniel Murphy 3B
Jason Bay LF
Lucas Duda 1B
Josh Thole C
Ruben Tejada SS
R.A. Dickey RHP
RHP R.A. Dickey (4-7, 3.77)
Dickey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:10 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: Rainy. We could be here for a while today.
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Brian Knight
JETER DID IT TOO: According to Elias, Eduardo Nunez is the fourth Yankees rookie shortstop to have at least three hits in back-to-back games in the expansion era. Frank Bauer did it in 1970, Andy Stankiewicz did it in 1992 and — yes — Derek Jeter did it in 1996… The last Yankees shortstop other than Jeter to have four hits in a game was Luis Sojo in 1998.
THE GM TURNS 44: Today is Brian Cashman’s 44th birthday.
ON THIS DATE: On July 3, 1922, Bob Meusel hit for the cycle for the second time in his career. He remains the only Yankee to hit for the cycle three times in pinstripes.
UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Never saw this before, Dickey was ready to throw his first pitch, but Freddy Garcia, Russell Martin and Larry Rothschild had just walked out of the bullpen and were still making their way across the outfield. Everything was suddenly put on hold while the Yankees starter walked to the dugout.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Two-out double, two-out single, and the Mets are on the board with a 1-0 lead in the first.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Fear the knuckleball! Yankees are hitless through three innings. Mets still leading 1-0.
UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Good pitch to Dickey, but he managed to get just enough bat on it to slap a single up the middle.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Yankees finally got a base runner in the fourth. Granderson walked and stole second, but he was left stranded and the Yankees were left with this 1-0 hole.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Garcia gets a double play and is through the fourth inning, still 1-0 Mets.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Double by Cano. RBI single by Swisher. The Yankees are on the board in the same way the Mets got on the board. It’s 1-1 in the top of the fifth. Still no outs and Swisher at first.
UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: After taking the lead, the Yankees stranded the bases loaded in the top of the fifth. Garcia responded with a lightning quick bottom of the fifth, and now the Yankees are into the Mets bullpen in the sixth. Dickey is out after five innings and 85 pitches.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: Turns out Dickey came out with an injury after slipping in the fourth inning.
By the way, that Martin play is pretty much the Reyes play all over again. Hard to tell even on replay whether the glove got him.
UPDATE, 4:39 p.m.: Garcia is through seven innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks. Yankees need some runs.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Gardner was hitless in his past 13 at-bats before that triple into the right-field corner. I’ve said it before, I really love watching elite speed in the game of baseball. Whether it’s a play in the outfield or a guy running the bases, speedy players are just fun to watch in this game.
UPDATE, 5:17 p.m.: Sac fly gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead, Robertson stranded two runners in a scoreless eighth and now it’s up to Rivera to get the save and finish the sweep.
UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: Mariano Rivera had converted 26 straight save opportunities against the National League before allowing a two-out, game-tying rally this afternoon. Ramiro Pena nearly cost the Yankees with an error, but Brett Gardner fielded the ball behind him and threw a strike to home plate to get the potential winning run out. Tied at 2 heading into the 10th.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: The Mets are intentionally walking pinch hitter Jorge Posada to face all-star Russell Martin. Cano’s triple has given them a chance to jump back into the lead.
UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Impressive job by Boone Logan, but Pena’s second error in the past two innings has loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th. Here’s Noesi to try to get the final out of the inning and keep this thing going.