Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez RF
Nick Swisher 1B
Eric Chavez DH
Dewayne Wise LF
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (0-1, 5.68)
Pettitte vs. Reds
Zack Cozart SS
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Chris Heisey LF
Todd Frazier 3B
Miguel Cairo DH
Ryan Hanigan C
RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 3.25)
Arroyo vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY-9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: It’s nice out, but there’s a bit of a chill developing in the air. Clear skies, but I’m definitely regretting not bringing a sweater or a jacket.
UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Alan Porter.
RUN SUPPORT: The Yankees have matched a season-high three-game losing streak coming into tonight’s game, but the formula for wins seems pretty simple. In games where this potent lineup has put up four or more runs, the Yankees are 19-4. They’re just 1-14 when scoring four or less, so that seems to be the magic number.
INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Tonight’s game will be the Yankees first interleague contest of the season. Last season, the Yankees went 13-5 against National League opponents.
ON THIS DATE: On May 18, 1928, Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career in an 8-7 win over the White Sox. Mantle accomplished the feat 10 times in his career.
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UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Very impressive first inning for Pettitte. He basically had to record four outs due to a throwing error from Stewart, but he struck out three — including one of the former NL MVP Votto. There were quite a few swings-and-misses, as Pettitte pounded the strike zone (11 strikes on 14 pitches). Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Another quick inning for Pettitte is followed by a wasted leadoff double from A-Rod. He smoked a ball to LCF that looked like it might get out, but the Yankees failed to drive him in. The issues with runners in scoring position continue.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Pettitte looks incredibly sharp. He struck out the side in the third, and all six of his strikeouts so far have come on swings, which tells you that he’s missing bats. That’s a very good sign. In other news, the Yankees still aren’t hitting.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: The Yankees pick up a run to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Granderson and Cano hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, but Cano got gunned out at second trying to stretch his hit to a double. Granderson scored on A-Rod’s RBI groundout.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Pettitte has been awesome so far. Through five innings, he’s struck out eight while allowing just three hits and no walks on 76 pitches. The Yankees are clinging to a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: The Yankees inability to hit with runners in scoring position is becoming very difficult to ignore. After loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, A-Rod and Ibanez grounded into fielder’s choices, and Swisher popped out to short. Granted, it looked like a bad call on A-Rod’s grounder, as Jeter appeared to beat the throw to home, but the Yankees needed to come up with something there. Now Pettitte is forced to continue this tightrope walk in a 1-0 game.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Pettitte came out for the eighth, and set the Reds down 1-2-3. You’d have to assume that’s it for him. If so, his final line would be: 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 115 pitches (78 strikes).
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: The Yankees give themselves some cushion in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a solo homer from Cano and a two-run shot from Ibanez. Still no hits with runners in scoring position.