Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brennan Boesch RF
Jayson Nix 3B
LHP Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.01)
Pettitte vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Ryan Roberts 2B
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Shelley Duncan DH
Jose Molina C
Kelly Johnson LF
RHP Alex Cobb (2-1, 2.53)
Cobb vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: One last night of warm weather, and I’m spending it inside.
UMPIRES: HP Same Holbrook, 1B Paul Nauert, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Rob Drake
THE MAGIC NUMBER: The Yankees are 10-0 this season when holding their opponent to four runs or less. They are 10-3 when scoring four or more runs.
DRAFT DAY: Tomorrow is the NFL draft. Honestly, it would be very difficult for me to care less about it — never been a huge NFL guy — but it’s at least somewhat interesting that the Yankees have twice used their first pick in the MLB draft to take a player who ultimately went on to play professional football. In 2002 they drafted Brandon Weeden 71st overall, and of course in 1981 they took John Elway with the 26th overall pick.
MOVING UP: Andy Pettitte will make his 421st career appearance as a Yankee tonight. He will move past Sparky Lyle for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time list.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Couple of base runners for the Yankees in the second, but a fly to right leaves them stranded. Not to worry, though. Pettitte is off to a strong start.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Terrific play by Nunez to get the second out of the second.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Three innings, five strikeouts for Pettitte.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Make that seven strikeouts through four innings.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Apparently concerned that Jose Molina might go first to third, Brennan Boesch seemed to take his eye off the ball, which let a rolling single get past him for an error that has left runners at second and third with no outs in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Two-out, two-run double by Zobrist. One run is earned and the Rays are up 2-0. Pettitte has nine strikeouts, but he was obviously not at all pleased with the go-ahead base hit. The Boesch injury probably cost the Yankees a run.