Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez RF
Nick Swisher 1B
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise LF
Jayson Nix 2B
RHP Ivan Nova (4-1, 5.44)
Nova vs. Reds
Chris Heisey LF
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Todd Frazier 3B
Mike Costanzo DH
Devin Mesoraco C
Wilson Valdez SS
RHP Homer Bailey (1-3, 4.35)
Bailey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Beautiful day. So far I’m glad I left my jacket in the car.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Gorman, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Alan Porter, 3B Larry Vanover
LIKE YOU REMEMBER HIM: Remember when Robinson Cano stunk earlier this season? Since May 6, he’s hitting .444 with seven doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in a span of 12 agmes. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.
IBANEZ GOING DEEP: Raul Ibanez has five home runs in his past 10 games. Five of his eight home runs this season have come in the sixth inning or later, and five have come with two outs. Five of his past eight hits have been homers.
PUT IT ON THE BOARD: Last night, Alex Rodriguez snapped a nine-game streak without an RBI. He drove in a run with a ground out in the fourth inning. For a while, that was the only scoring in the game.
UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: A game-opening strikeout was promising, but Nova followed it with back-to-back walks and an RBI single. He’s one out away from limiting the damage, but obvoiusly things could be better at this point.
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: Back-to-back strikeouts strand runners at the corners. Take away those walks and this was an impressive inning, but Nova lost his command for a little bit and it cost him a run.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Take away the wind and Jeter might have had a home run there. Instead, Bruce just has a hard time tracking down a fly out to the wall in right field.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Wind gave Bruce trouble in the bottom of the first, and now it’s blown a ball out of Ibanez’s reach in the top of the second.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: There’s another double and now it’s a 2-0 Reds lead. Nova looks pretty good for a guy who’s allowed a run in each of his first two innings.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Hey look, Russell Martin got a hit! And it’s a home run! It’s a 2-1 game. Don’t look now, but Ivan Nova has eight strikeouts already.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Nine strikeouts through four innings for Nova. As has been the case most of the week, the Yankees just need some runs.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez just hit the ball hard, but it was caught at the warning track in center field for the second out of the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Two-out RBI double by Ibanez has tied the game at two. Now Swisher is up with a chance to do the impossible: Get a hit with a runner in scoring position.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Rodriguez bobbled a potential double play, then Nova gave up a three-run homer. Hard to say how Nova’s approach to Votto might have changed with first base open. As it is, the Reds have a 5-2 lead and Nova has 11 strikeouts.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: The guys on the beat swear that Jayson Nix and I look exactly alike. That’s not at all important, but Nix did just hit a solo homer to make it 5-3.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: I was covering the Phillies organization when Mike Costanzo was drafted. Until today, I didn’t know he was still in the game, but he just got his first big league hit. Good for him. He’s been at this for a while.
UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Nice diving catch by Phelps — reminds me of Joba’s catch a few years ago — but Phelps threw the ball away trying to get the double play and now he has runners at the corners with one out.