Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Pettitte vs. Mariners
Dustin Ackley 2B
Casper Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jesus Montero C
Justin Smoak 1B
Alex Liddi 3B
Mike Carp DH
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS
RHP Kevin Millwood (0-4, 5.88)
Millwood vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: How’s 80 and sunny with no a cloud in the sky?
UMPIRES: HP Scott Barry, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B Gary Darling (crew chief), 3B Chris Conroy,
YANKEE TREATMENT: The Yankees have been rough on pitchers across baseball and Millwood has not been immune. They have a .980 OPS against him, with today’s starters Ibanez, A-Rod, Swisher, Cano and Teixeira all over 1.000. Swisher has four career home runs off Millwood in 39 career at-bats.
STARTING STRONG: Pettitte won’t need to return as a savior, not with the way the Yankees have pitched lately. Over the first five games of this homestand, the starting staff is 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA. Here’s their line: 34.1 IP, 28 H, 5 ER, 11 BB, 27 K, .220 avg.
NO. 1,000 FOR NO. 14: Today is Granderson’s 1,000th career game. He’s the 10th player on the roster (including the DL) to play played in 1,000 games. Among teams around baseball the Phillies are second with eight players with 1,000 games of experience.
HE’S BAAAACK: Andy Pettitte is back on the mound.
Enjoy the game!
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: A bit of a scare from the leadoff hitter Ackley, but Pettitte retired the side in the first. Ackley drove one to the right field wall, but it was caught by a leaping Swisher. Jeter ended the inning with a 6-6-3 double play after a walk.
Think Pettitte was pumped up? He worked quickly and his first fastball reached 89 mph. That’s midseason velocity according to Girardi. We’ll see if he can sustain it.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: So much for the Yankees’ history vs. Millwood. They’ve hardly touched him today outside of loud hits by Chavez and Swisher. The right-hander just escaped a bases-loaded, no-out situation relatively unscathed. He walked in a run on a very close pitch to Martin and got Jeter to ground into a double play.
I guess Millwood won’t lay down for the Pettitte storyline as expected.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Pettitte allowed five hits in the sixth — all were rockets. And he’s back out for the seventh. Do you endorse it? He seemed spent to me.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: The final line for Pettitte: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HR. He threw 60 of his 94 pitches for strikes and threw his fastball between 87-89 mph from the first inning on.
What’s your take on the outing?
UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: I had never heard of him. For those like me, check out the backstory on M’s reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. He left baseball for five years. They call him the bartender.