Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-6, 3.82)
Kuroda vs. Mets
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
Josh Thole C
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda DH
Daniel Murphy 2B
Scott Hairston RF
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Omar Quintanilla SS
LHP Johan Santana (3-2, 2.38)
Santana vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Skies are partly cloudy and temperatures are expected to remain in the low-to-mid 70s. Let’s just hope the game doesn’t run long. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers after 10 p.m.
UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Tim Tschida (crew chief), 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Bill Welke
A SHORTER SUBWAY SERIES: With the Astros moving to the AL next year, the leagues will have 15 teams each, which means we’ll be inundated with interleague play just about every night. However, that could mean a reduction in games played among interleague rivals. Both managers said today they’d be all for just three games per season. They may have their wish as soon as 2013.
INTERLEAGUE GRIND: The Yankees have already played one NL division leader in Cincinnati and have another next week in Washington. Throw in six games against the Mets and Braves, who are both over .500, and the Yanks will play arguably the toughest interleague schedule in baseball. Although it is subject to chance, their opponents’ combined winning percentage of .562 (127-99) is the highest of any AL team this season.
RETURN OF NO-HAN: It will be a second straight tough lefty for the Yankees, who haven’t faced Santana since 6/30/2010. Yes, he’s coming off two straight shutouts, including the Mets’ first no-hitter, but the new Stadium has been a house of horrors for Santana. He’s 0-2 with a 13.00 ERA in two career starts here.
I’ll have a few updates throughout the game, but don’t forget to follow along more regularly on Twitter @LoHudYankees.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: A few quick notes…
The four home runs allowed by Santana match his career-high. He had never served up three straight homers in his career.
As for the Yankees, they last went back-to-back-to-back for the first time since last Aug. 20. Ironically, it was the same three bats — Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones — who went deep.
Of course, not to be outdone, Kuroda threw 5 2/3 no-hit innings before Omar Quintanilla doubled. He’s still cruising though, up 6-0.
Santana is out. Here’s his final line: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4 HR. He threw 86 pitches, 51 for strikes.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Santana has now allowed 19 earned runs in 14 innings at the new Stadium.