Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Chris Stewart C
CC Sabathia P
LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.55)
Sabathia vs. Mets
Andres Torres CF
Ruben Tejada SS
David Wright 3B
Scott Hairston LF
Lucas Duda RF
Justin Turner 1B
Ronny Cedeno 2B
Josh Thole C
R.A. Dickey P
RHP R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.00 ERA)
Dickey vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:15 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: It’s 79 and a bit cloudy, but the rain is supposed to hold off until tomorrow.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Tim McClelland (crew chief).
PITCHER’S DUEL: Both of tonight’s starters come into the game having thrown complete games with at least 10 strikeouts in their most recent outings. Dickey just became the only pitcher in the modern era to throw back-to-back complete games while striking out 10 or more and allowing one hit or less.
RAUL STAY COOL: Raul Ibanez hit his 11th homer of the season last night; a game-tying shot in the seventh. Five of Ibanez’s home runs this year have given the Yankees the lead, seven have come in the sixth inning or later and seven have come with men on base.
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UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: We’re scoreless through two innings, but the Yankees had a golden opportunity in the second. After Tex reached via error and Swisher walked, Ibanez singled and Tex rounded third, making it about halfway home. Robby Thomson threw up a late stop sign, which sent Tex retreating back to third. Dickey ended up getting out of the inning, leaving the Yankees to wonder, ‘What if?’ I thought Tex had a decent chance of scoring, and with your No. 8 and 9 hitters coming up, I think you have to take that chance. Especially with the way that Dickey has been throwing.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: The Yankees end Dickey’s scoreless innings streak in a major way in the top of the third. After Tex’s sac fly, Swisher launches a three-run homer to right-center field to make it 4-0. Dickey’s knuckleball doesn’t seem to have the same late movement it has in recent weeks.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: The Mets cut the deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth on Wright’s two-out, RBI single to score Dickey. Sabathia hasn’t allowed a big inning, but he has allowed seven hits and is up to 93 pitches. Wright is now hitting .361 in what has been an unconscious year so far.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: After Dickey was lifted from the game for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth (giving him his shortest outing since April 18), CC walked Vinny Rottino and then Torres hit a grounder that snuck under Tex’s glove and into RF. The two-out, two-run single pulled the Mets to within one on a play that Tex usually makes. Cory Wade came into replace Sabathia (5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 112 pitches, 73 strikes), and promptly gave up a game-tying single to Tejada. We’re tied at 5-5.
UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Cano just broke the tie with a long home run to CF in the top of the eighth. It’s 6-5 Yanks.