Ichiro Suzuki RF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.10)
Nova vs. Mariners
Dustin Ackley 2B
Michael Saunders CF
Jesus Montero C
John Jaso DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Mike Carp 1B
Casper Wells LF
Carlos Peguero RF
Munenori Kawasaki SS
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 4.86)
Iwakuma has not faced the Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:40 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Clear sky and slightly chilly for today’s series finale.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Manny Gonzalez
STRANGE LOSS: The Yankees lost last night despite starter Freddy Garcia tossing 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. It was the first time the Yankees lost a game in which a starter went at least seven innings with at least eight strikeouts and no walks since April 8, 2006 when Randy Johnson (8 IP, 0 BB, 8 K) was on the losing end of a 3-2 game at Angel Stadium.
UNFAMILIAR FACE: The Yankees will face RHP Hisashi Iwakuma for the first time today. According to Elias, the Yankees are 26-13 over the last two years (2011-12) in games in which they are opposed by a starting pitcher who they were facing for the first time. That includes a 9-8 mark this season. The Yankees?have lost their last four such games after winning their previous six.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Yankees first base coach Mick Kelleher is celebrating his 65th birthday today.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Another bow from Ichiro as the fans give him another standing ovation before his leadoff at-bat.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Jeter clearly comfortable in the No. 2 spot. Solo homer for a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Nova had Seager 0-2 and wound up walking him with the bases loaded.
UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: Move Granderson into a run-producing spot in the order and all of a sudden he’s a singles hitter. (kidding)
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Well Ichiro had another hit, but he was thrown out trying to steal — by Jesus Montero no less — and it cost the Yankees. Jeter and Cano each had hits and Ichiro would have tied the game had he been on base. Instead it’s still a 2-1 Mariners lead.
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Rapada gets the double play, Phelps gets the strikeout and the Yankees have managed to pitch around Ivan Nova’s back-to-back walks in the sixth. It’s still 2-1.
UPDATE, 6:34 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out, Nix comes in to pinch hit for Ibanez and the Mariners go to the right-hander Shawn Kelley. Makes sense to hit Nix here because it brings the right-hander in for Chavez (as long as Nix doesn’t hit into a double play). Without the Nix move, the Mariners can leave their lefty in for both Ibanez and Chavez.
UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: There’s half of the new third base platoon coming through with a huge hit. That’s a three-run double for Nix and the Yankees are up 4-2 in the eighth.