Ichiro Suzuki CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda P
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-1, 2.25)
Kuroda vs. Rockies
Dexter Fowler CF
Josh Rutledge 2B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Michael Cuddyer RF
Todd Helton 1B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Yorvit Torrealba C
Jonathan Herrera SS
Jorge De La Rosa P
LHP Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18)
De La Rosa vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:40 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 50s and 60s. I was prepared for much colder. Actually feels great outside.
UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Chris Guccione, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Tom Hallion.
LEAN LEFT: The Yankees are 8-3 (.727) against left-handed starters this season, tied with Atlanta for the best such winning percentage in the Majors. The Yankees have won their last five games when opposed by a left-handed starter. The only left-handed starters to earn wins against the Yankees this season are Boston’s Jon Lester and Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore.
GATEWAY TO THE WEST: The Yankees are 31-17 all-time in interleague play against the NL West. They have lost just three of the 16 series (6/18-20/04 at Los Angeles, 6/19-21/07 at Colorado and 6/22-24/07 at San Francisco).
ON THE RUN: The Yankees have been caught just once in their past 12 stolen base attempts. They’ve been successful in their past seven attempts dating back to April 25.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Ichiro gets a two-out single and a couple of stolen bases, but Nix goes down looking and Ichiro is left stranded. The Yankees have three hits through three innings. It’s a scoreless game.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Kuroda worked out of a bit of a jam in the third to keep it scoreless, meanwhile some rain has started to fall fairly steady here in Denver. Nothing overwhelming right now, but I don’t like the look of it.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Of all the ballparks in which he’s made more than one career start, Kuroda’s highest career ERA is right here at Coors Field. He’s been terrific all night, but a two-out, two-run homer by Carlos Gonzalez has put the Rockies in the lead, 2-0. And right now, there’s little indication that this Yankees lineup can counter. They have three hits so far, all of them singles.
UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Gardner pinch hit and drew a walk, but Overbay flied to center and Nelson hit into a double play to end the top of the seventh. Yankees offense looks bad, but you probably already knew that.