1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Curtis Granderson CF
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Eric Chavez DH
8. Russell Martin C
9. Eduardo Nunez 3B
Ivan Nova RHP
1. Erick Aybar SS
2. Howie Kendrick 2B
3. Bobby Abreu DH
4. Torii Hunter RF
5. Mark Trumbo 1B
6. Vernon Wells LF
7. Alberto Callaspo 3B
8. Peter Bourjos CF
9. Jeff Mathis C
Garrett Richards RHP
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81
Umpires: Mike Muchlinski HP, Mike Winters 1B, Mike Everitt 2B, Chris Guccione 3B
New guy: The Angels will have one of their top prospects making his major-league debut in Richards. He was 12-2 with a 3.06 ERA at Double-A Arkansas.
More Joe Girardi on Nova and the upcoming cutting of the six-man rotation: “He has been one of our five best guys. If you look at his body of work the last three months, he’s been really, really good for us. Set everything else aside, our job is to win. We have to make a decision pretty quickly here, what is best for our rotation and what is best for the 12 pitchers you’re going to carry. … Could your mind change in the next week? Sure it can. … But it’s something that we’ll sit down and evaluate over the next four or five days. How do we make our 12-man pitching staff the best?”
Update, 7:13: Nova gives up a walk and a single but escapes unscathed in the first.
Update, 7:24: Welcome to the big leagues, Garrett Richards. Walk, walk, wild pitch, three-run homer by Curtis Granderson. That’s his 30th, tying his career high. This one hit the top of the fence and bounded over.
Update, 7:38: Martin shows off his arm again, catching Bourjos trying to steal, ending a scoreless, one-hit second for Nova.
Update, 7:45: Richards settles down, 1-2-3 second, helped by a nifty running grab in left-center by Aybar going back. Bet Richards was rather nervous in the first.
Update, 7:53: 1-2-3 third for Nova.
Update, 8:01: Eight in a row set down by Richards. 3-0, heading for the fourth.
Update, 8:08: Nova is dominating. The Angels couldn’t get the ball out of the infield in a 1-2-3 fourth.
Update, 8:12: Leadoff triple by Cano and RBI single for Swisher, 4-0.
Update, 8:14: Girardi’s decision to bench Jorge Posada paid off for him again. Chavez RBI double, 5-0.
Update, 8:29: Nova finally cracks. Bourjos just makes the front row in left, solo homer with two outs in the fifth.
Update, 8:37: Two homers for Granderson, now with a career-high 31. It’s 6-1.
Update, 8:46: 1-2-3 sixth for Nova, one run and three hits allowed so far. He’s only at 79 pitches. Not that the Angels are an offensive machine, but want to take him out of the rotation? Probably not. Richards is done. Joel Pineiro is making his first relief outing in three years.
Update, 8:55: 7-1, Martin RBI single.
Update, 9:06: Shaky opening to the seventh for Nova, walk, single, single, and it’s 7-2. Rafael Soriano is getting loose.
Update, 9:09: A walk, now bases loaded, no outs. Girardi is coming out to get Nova. Soriano is coming in. Nova gets a loud ovation.
Update, 9:13: Good job by Soriano, getting a double-play grounder out of Bourjos. The run scores, 7-3. Two outs, runner on third.
Update, 9:14: Fly to left. This is finally the Soriano the Yankees paid all that money for.
Update, 9:25: Two-run shot for Cano, No. 19.
Update, 9:27: Soriano is staying on to start the eighth. Actually, he’s not. Girardi comes out to get him before he can throw a pitch. Ayala is coming on.
Update, 9:36: One-hit inning for Ayala.
Update, 9:50: Yankees win, 9-3.