Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (0-1, 7.71)
Nova vs. D-backs
Gerardo Parra CF
Martin Prado 2B
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Miguel Montero C
Cody Ross RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Eric Hinske DH
A.J. Pollock LF
Cliff Pennington SS
RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 7.71)
McCarthy vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES & MLB Network
WEATHER: After a beautiful afternoon, there are some clouds setting in over Yankee Stadium and a bit of a chill. Forecast says 50 percent chance of rain, so let’s hope it holds off. Looks like they’ll definitely start on time.
UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Chris Guccione
INTERLEAGUE OPENER: The Yankees are scheduled to play 20 interleague games in 2013, including at least one series in each month with the new MLB scheduling guidelines. The Yankees lead the Majors in all-time interleague wins and winning percentage (170-112, .603).
HONORING BOSTON: To pay homage to the victims of yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Yankees have announced that they will have a moment of silence and play the Fenway Park stable “Sweet Caroline” at the conclusion of the third inning.
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY, TAKE TWO: While most of Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, the Yankees were off. Tonight, the team will wear No. 42 so that they don’t miss the opportunity to honor a legend.
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UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: The Yankees loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with two outs, but Youkilis grounded out to end the threat without plating any runs (although he busted it down the line and nearly beat the throw). In the top of the third, Nova loaded the bases with no outs, surrendering a sac fly to Montero and an RBI single to Ross, but he kept the D-backs’ lead at 2-0 by striking out Chavez and getting Hinske to ground out.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Cano wasn’t about to leave any runners on in the fourth. He just hit an absolute missile into the right field seats to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. I mean, that ball was crushed.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Girardi decided to take Nova out to start the sixth. He was at 94 pitches and had allowed two earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Boone Logan just pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief. Yanks still leading 3-2.