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Game 44: Yankees vs. Royals

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup

1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Curtis Granderson CF

3. Mark Teixeira 1B

4. Alex Rodriguez 3B

5. Robinson Cano 2B

6. Nick Swisher RF

7. Andruw Jones DH

8. Russell Martin C

9. Jayson Nix LF

Andy Pettitte LHP

Royals lineup

1. Alex Gordon LF

2. Johnny Giavotella 2B

3. Billy Butler DH

4. Jeff Francoeur RF

5. Mike Moustakas 3B

6. Alcides Escobar SS

7. Eric Hosmer 1B

8. Humberto Quintero C

9. Mitch Maier CF

 

TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880

Umpires: Mike Muchlinski HP, Wally Bell 1B, Mike Winters 2B, Mark Wegner 3B

Weather: Partly cloudy, 71 degrees

The new guy: The Yankees get to face a pitcher making his big-league debut for the 14th time since 2000. They will come in against Will Smith with a 5-8 record against the first-timers.

The old guy: Andy Pettitte made his minor-league debut in June 1991 when little Will Smith was one month away from turning 2. Pettitte’s big-league debut came on April 29, 1995 when little Will Smith was 5.

RISP watch: The Yankees are 8 for their last 79 with runners in scoring position.

Update, 7:13: Three ground balls, three outs for Pettitte in the first.

Update, 7:18: Looked like Smith hung a 1-2 curve to Granderson. Welcome to the big leagues, 1-0 Yankees.

Update, 7:24: 3-0, homer No. 635 for A-Rod, who promised Tuesday night that his homer and RBI count would be fine by the time this season ends.

Update, 7:31: Pettitte is dominating so far, two Ks in a perfect second.

Update, 7:45: Teixeira’s invaluable glove bails out Pettitte, diving stop, 3-6-3 double play to end a two-infield-hit third.

Update, 7:51: Teixeira hits into a double play, run scores, 4-0.

Update, 7:53: Will Smith throwing batting practice to A-Rod, 56th two-homer game, it’s 5-0.

Update, 8:00: Royals break through against Pettitte, Billy Butler solo shot to right.

Update, 8:09: Vintage Pettitte, gets out of a bases-loaded, two-out mess with a strikeout.

Update, 8:13: Smith’s “memorable” debut is over after 3 1/3. Luis Mendoza is on.

Update, 8:19: Solo shot for Mitch Maier, just his second homer, 5-2.

Update, 8:30: Bases-loaded walk to Teixeira, 6-2. A-Rod looks for HR No. 3.

Update, 8:34: Oh well. A-Rod hits into a force at the plate. Mendoza is out of the game. Jose Mijares is in.

Update, 8:38: Cano hits into a force, but the run scores, 7-2. This is their most runs since May 14.

Update, 8:42: Louis Coleman in to pitch for the Royals after Mijares hits Swisher to load the bases.

Update, 8:47: RBI walk for Jones, 8-2.

Update, 8:53: Two runs, seven hits allowed by Pettitte through six.

Update, 9:07: 1-2-3 for Pettitte in the seventh, has retired nine straight, the last two via strikeouts.

Update, 9:25: Pettitte runs off to a standing ovation after walking the first batter in the eighth. David Phelps is on.

Update, 9:43: Jeter just tied Paul Waner for 15th on the all-time list with hit number 3,152, his third of the night.

Update, 10:01: Yankees win, 8-3.

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