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Game 65: Yankees at Nationals

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jun 17, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (39-25)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Andruw Jones RF
Chris Stewart C
Ivan Nova P

RHP Ivan Nova (8-2, 4.64)
Nova has never faced any of the Nationals

Steve Lombardozzi LF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse RF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Jhonatan Solano C
Edwin Jackson P

RHP Edwin Jackson (3-3, 3.02)
Jackson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m., YES Network and TBS

WEATHER: Slight breeze blowing in. A really beautiful day for a game.

UMPIRES: HP Jeff Kollogg, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Tim Timmons

ABOUT YESTERDAY: The Yankees’ 14-inning win on Saturday marked their longest game since September 25, 2011 (Game 2) against Boston, a 7-4 loss. It was the Yankees first win in a game of 14 or more innings since August 7, 2009 against Boston, a 2-0 win in 15 innings on Alex Rodriguez’s walk-off homer. The Yankees had not won a road game that long since June 1, 2003 at Detroit (10-9 in 17-innings).

ROAD TRIPPIN’: The Yankees have won six straight road games (since June 3 at Detroit), matching their longest road winning streak this season. They haven’t had a longer road winning streak since 2009 when they won eight in a row. That was also the last time they swept consecutive road series of at least three games (at the Mets and Minnesota). The Yankees are looking to go undefeated on a road trip of at least two teams for the first time since going 6-0 at Tampa Bay and Minnesota from May 7 through May 12, 2002.

SWEPT AWAY: A win today would give the Yankees a sweep of three consecutive series of at least three games for the first time since 2007 (at the White Sox, vs. Pittsburgh and vs. Arizona).

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Deep sac fly by Teixeira gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: On Nova’s 10th pitch of the game, LaRoche tied it at 1 with a solo homer.

UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Long conversation between Jeter and Harper after Harper doubles with two outs here in the third.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Big double play gets Nova out of a runners-at-the-corners jam in the fourth. It’s still a tied game.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Everyone’s favorite home run hitter who swears he’s not a home run hitter, Curtis Granderson just went deep to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: Andruw Jones decided he wanted no part of Bryce Harper’s arm and hurried back to third base on Jeter’s fly ball to right center.

UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: A two-run seventh has pushed the Yankees lead to 4-1. Meanwhile, Nova has thrown something like 15 pitches through six innings.




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