Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS
LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78)
Pettitte vs. Mets
Andres Torres CF
Jason Bay LF
David Wright 3B
Scott Hairston RF
Lucas Duda DH
Vinny Rottino 1B
Omar Quintanilla SS
Mike Nickeas C
Jordany Valdespin 2B
LHP Jonathon Niese (4-2, 4.11)
Niese vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: Just a few clouds in the sky. Very light breeze. Very, very nice day.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Muchlinski, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Chris Guccione, 3B Tim Tschida
THREE OR LESS: The Yankees have held the Mets to three runs or less in each of their past 10 games against them. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the Yankees’ longest streak of that kind against any Major League team since a 10-game streak against the Indians over the 1971 and 1972 seasons.
GOOD IN THE PEN: The Yankees bullpen has combined for a 2.81 ERA this season, the second-lowest in the American League behind Baltimore (2.41) and the fourth-lowest in the Majors. The Yankees 88.9 percent save conversion rate is tops among all bullpens while their 19.5 percent of inherited runners scored is the third-best in the Majors.
SWEPT AWAY: The Yankees are looking to complete their fourth series sweep of the season, third of at least three games (also May 25-27 at Oakland and April 9-11 at Baltimore). This would be their first sweep at home this season. They?last swept the Mets in 2009 at Citi Field, last did so at home in 2003.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Nix can’t get to a groundball up the middle and the Mets have an RBI single, good for a 1-0 Mets lead.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Had a chance for two but Cano botched it. Valdespin follows with a double down the right-field line and now it’s 3-0 Yankees with runners at second and third and the top of the order coming up. Pettitte’s not catching many breaks here.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Pettitte gets two strikeouts to leave the bases loaded. That inning cost him 35 pitches and three runs (two earned).
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Couple of base runners went nowhere for the Yankees in the second inning — maybe Swisher bunting wasn’t the best idea — and it’s still 3-0 heading into the third.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Let’s try this again. Teixeira’s leadoff single puts a man on base, but the Yankees have put the leadoff man on base the previous two innings with nothing to show for it.
UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Fly ball. Strikeout. Grounder to short. Just like that, Teixeira is left stranded and it’s still 3-0.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m: Pettitte grabbed that comebacker with his pitching hand, and now it’s taking a while to decide whether he’s hurt. He’s thrown three warmup pitches and he’s still talking to Girardi about whether to stay in …. Looks like he’s staying. Girardi just walked away, apparently convinced Pettitte’s fine. Weird play.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Two more singles to start the sixth inning, but the Yankees again bring no one across to score. It’s that kind of day again, meanwhile, here comes Boone Logan to pitch the seventh.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Scratch that. Rapada pitching.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Another leadoff single. Another double play.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: David Wright’s error opened the door, and Russell Martin followed with his seventh home run of the season — just out of Hairston’s reach — to pull the Yankees within 3-2 heading into the eighth.
UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: That’s ruled a single and an error. Jeter’s at second with no outs in the eighth as the potential tying run.
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: RBI single up the middle for Teixeira and the game’s tied. Go ahead run at third base for Rodriguez, Soriano getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Rodriguez gets a single to fall in no-mans land, and it’s a 4-3 Yankees lead. All four runs have come in the final two innings. There are still no outs.