1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Jayson Nix 3B
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Vernon Wells LF
5. Francisco Cervelli C
6. Ichiro Suzuki RF
7. Eduardo Nunez SS
8. Lyle Overbay 1B
9. Ben Francisco DH
Ivan Nova RHP
1. Rajai Davis DH
2. Colby Rasmus CF
3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
5. Melky Cabrera LF
6. J.P. Arencibia C
7. Brett Lawrie 3B
8. Maicer Izturis 2B
9. Munenori Kawasaki SS
Aaron Laffey LHP
Umpires: Chad Fairchild HP, Jeff Kellogg 1B, Chris Conroy 2B, Paul Schrieber 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: clear, comfortable
Wells loves Toronto (pitching): Vernon Wells is batting .421 with three homers and four RBI in four games against the Blue Jays this season and has hit .340 with four doubles, five homers and 10 RBI in his last 11 games overall against his old team.
Starting success: This may not be the time for this item with Nova starting, but you never know. Yankees starters have 10 outings of three earned runs allowed or less and at least seven innings pitched, and that ties the Phillies for the MLB lead.
Pen writing good story: The Yankees’ bullpen has a 1.13 ERA over its last four games, spanning eight innings.
Update, 7:12: Cervelli takes a ball to the back of his fingers with Davis up, has to come out for Stewart.
Update, 7:18: Good start for Nova, 1-2-3 first with two Ks.
Update, 7:24: 1-2-3 first for Laffey, who had been cut recently by the Mets. Original scheduled starter Josh Johnson was scratched due tightness in his right triceps.
Update, 7:30: Nova serves up HR to Edwin Encarnacion off the facing of the second deck in left. 93 mph fastball down and in, 1-0.
Update, 7:46: 1-1. RBI for Nunez, beats out possible double-play ball. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Twitter sources, has pulled Austin Romine in the middle of an inning, following Cervelli injury.
Update, 7:54: Nova gives up a single up the middle and then comes out with an injury, not sure the problem. He wasn’t pitching well these last two innings. There are no outs in the third, two on. Phelps comes on.
Update, 8:07: Rasmus RBI single for 2-1 lead, but that was it for the Jays. Bad night for the Yankees so far.
Update, 8:22: Wells sac fly, 2-2 in the third. Jon Heyman, no relation, states on Twitter that Cervelli has a broken hand.
Update, 8:24: Bases loaded, two outs, Laffey out, Lincoln in.
Update, 8:29: Ichiro goes down swinging, looked like a changeup. 2-2 after an eventful three innings.
Update, 8:32: Cervelli fractured right hand, surgery required, out a minimum of six weeks. Nova left with right elbow pain, MRI coming tonight.
Update, 8:45: Overbay snaps 0-for-16 skid, RBI triple, 3-2 Yankees in the fourth.
Update, 8:47: Wild pitch, 4-2.
Update, 9:08: Phelps gives up a walk but that’s it in the fifth. Gets Bautista swinging an at off-speed pitch to end it.
Update, 9:18: Maybe they should just intentionally walk Encarnacion every time. Another homer, 4-3.
Update, 9:39: Joba Chamberlain on for the seventh.
Update, 9:45: 1-2-3 for Joba, with help from a fine play by Nunez. Got to give belated credit to Phelps, who had a 6.23 ERA coming in. He was charged with one run and two hits, and fanned nine in his four innings. You would think he would be the one to start for Nova if downtime is needed. And elbow pain doesn’t sound good.
Update, 10:01: Passed ball, Cano scores, 5-3 Yankees after seven. Robertson on for the eighth.
Update, 10:06: Bautista hits a shot to left, 5-4.
Update, 10:16: Solo homer for Gardner, 6-4.
Update, 10:19: Rivera on for the ninth.
Update, 10:32: Yankees win 6-4 after Rivera strikes out Rasmus with the bases loaded.