Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jesus Montero DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP Ivan Nova (15-4, 3.94)
Nova vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kyle Seager 3B
Dustin Ackley 2B
Mike Carp LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Wily Mo Pena DH
Luis Rodriguez SS
Trayvon Robinson CF
LHP Jason Vargas (8-13, 4.49)
Vargas vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Seriously, this city amazes me. Every day should be miserable, but somehow Seattle makes cloudy and rainy feel pleasant.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Muchlinski, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 1B Mark Carlson, 3B Tim Timmons
CASE CLOSED: The Yankees are 32-16 in series finales this season. They’ve won nine of their last 12.
MR. 600: You might have heard that Mariano Rivera recorded his 600th career save last night. It came 15 years and 119 days after his first save on May 17, 1996. Since that day, Rivera saved 61 more games than any other pitcher (Trevor Hoffman was next with 539) and 277 more saves than any other active pitcher (Francisco Cordero-323).
THE HITS KEEP COMING: Derek Jeter has 149 hits this season. He is seeking his 16th consecutive season with at least 150 hits, which would extend the longest such streak among active players and longest in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other players in Major League history have had 150 or more hits in 16 consecutive seasons: Hank Aaron (17) and Pete Rose (16).
MAGIC NUMBER: The Yankees magic number to clinch a playoff spot is eight.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Jeter strikes out because Olivo caught the foul tip, so Jeter responds with a playful shove in the box, and Olivo starts laughing. That’s the kind of thing you can get away with when you’ve played the game the way Jeter has. That sort of stuff cracks me up.
UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.: Big double play ball gets Nova out of the second inning. Still scoreless.
UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: Bad send by Thomson. Jones is out at the plate. Would have been runners at second and third with one out, now there’s a runner at third with two outs.
UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: So far, a wild pitch by Nova is the difference. He let one get away, and that’s led to the only run in a 1-0 Mariners lead.
UPDATE, 11:51 p.m.: Swisher ties it with a solo shot in the seventh. Vargas is out of the game and the Yankees are into the Mariners bullpen.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: Leadoff walk by Jones. He comes out for Gardner, and a sac bunt moves the go-ahead run to second base. By the way, two pitchers getting loose in the Yankees bullpen: Brackman and Proctor. Surely neither of those is going to happen in this situation, right?
UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: Gotta love the home crowd booing the decision to intentionally walk Ichiro. What were they expecting? Here comes Robertson to face Seager with runners at the corners.
UPDATE, 12:21 p.m.: At this point, it’s impossible to be amazed. Shallow fly ball and a strikeout and the runners are stranded. Just D-Rob being D-Rob.
UPDATE, 12:29 p.m.: Montero looks ugly on strike three, leaving two runners on base and sending a 1-1 tie into the bottom of the ninth.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: The Yankees bullpen has been terrific, but the lineup just can’t score and a 1-1 tie is heading into the bottom of the 12th. Wade still in for the Yankees.