Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Nelson 3B
David Phelps P
Austin Romine C
RHP David Phelps (1-1, 5.56)
Phelps vs. Rockies
Dexter Fowler CF
Josh Rutledge 2B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Michael Cuddyer RF
Wilin Rosario C
Todd Helton 1B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Reid Brignac SS
Juan Nicasio P
RHP Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.91)
Nicasio vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:40 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: A lot like last night, with a chance of rain throughout.
UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Ron Kulpa
FOUR AND FOUR: Last night, the Yankees had the same number of hits and stolen bases — four each — in the same game for the first time since a 4-0 loss on June 23, 2009 at Atlanta when they also had four and four.
MAKING CONTACT: The Yankees have struck out a total of 204 times this season, the third-fewest in the Majors this season behind Kansas City (191) and Texas (198). The Yankees are swinging and missing at 19.7 percent of their pitches seen, also third-lowest in the Majors behind St. Louis (19.5) and Detroit (19.6).
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW: The Yankees have lost their last five games at Coors Field dating back to June 20, 2002. It’s the team’s longest current losing streak at any opposing park, matching the Yankees’ longest regular-season losing streak at a National League park. They also lost five straight games at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium from 1997 through 1999, their first five road interleague games against the Phillies.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Clearly inspired by the pitcher batting eighth, Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer in the first inning for a quick Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Three balls in a row hit to Overbay, he makes a couple of pretty nice plays and it’s a 1-2-3 inning for Phelps.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: There’s a two-run homer by Helton to tie it in the second.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Since getting a double play to end the third, Phelps has retired seven in a row and is through the fifth without allowing another run. He’s allowed just two hits, the double and home run, and the game’s still tied at 2.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: The pitcher’s spot in the order was at the plate with a chance to put the Yankees in the lead, but pinch hitter Ben Francisco grounded to third to leave Nelson stranded 90 feet away. Here’s Preston Claiborne to pitch the bottom of the seventh. Phelps allowed three hits tonight.