Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson DH
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (4-2, 3.83)
Pettitte vs. Mariners
Michael Saunders CF
Jason Bay LF
Kyle Seager 3B
Kendry’s Morales 1B
Michael Morse RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Jesus Montero C
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS
RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, 3.86)
Noesi vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s, dipping into the 60s late. Very nice night here at the stadium.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Alan Porter
FIRST TIMERS: The Yankees have had five players make their Major League debut this season — 3B David Adams, RHP Preston Claiborne, INF Corban Joseph, RHP Brett Marshall and LHP Vidal Nuno. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last season in which as many as five Yankees made their Major League debuts within the team’s first 40 games was 1995. That list: RHP Brian Boehringer, SS Derek Jeter, RHP Jeff Patterson, LHP Andy Pettitte and RHP Mariano Rivera.
HOME COOKING: The Yankees are 13-8 (.619) at home this season. That’s the fourth-highest home winning percentage among AL teams. The Yankees have not lost two straight home games since the first two games of the season vs. Boston.
ONE TO GO: With his next appearance, Mariano Rivera will tie Hoyt Wilhelm for the fifth-most pitching appearances in baseball history. Rivera is the only pitcher to make more than 1,000 appearances with one team.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Two-out RBI single by Dustin Ackley. Clearly it’s time to get Pettitte back with Romine.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: There’s a two-out RBI double by David Adams to tie the score here in the second.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: One run off Pettitte in the fourth. Walks hurt him that inning.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Pettitte is out, and it looks like there’s some sort of injury. His last pitch was a bit awkward, then there was a long conversation on the mound, and here comes Shawn Kelley with two outs and the bases empty in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Gardner and Nix strand runners at the corners. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for word on Pettitte. The easy assumption is that it’s his back. He seemed to reach for his side/back after that last pitch. Don’t forget, he missed a start because of back problems earlier this season.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Morse just went deep — really deep to center — his 10th homer of the year for a 3-1 Mariners lead.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Ichiro hadn’t had a hit in about three weeks, but he just led off the seventh with a single. Yankees are down 2 and need to make something happen here.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Stewart walks and the Yankees are in business. Two on with no outs for the top of the order.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Gardner and Ichiro have both been pretty cold lately. Gardner just struck out. Now it’s Nix at the plate without Travis Hafner pinch hitting.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Two outs with first base open, the Mariners are going to bring in a lefty rather than intentionally walk Robinson Cano.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Cano brings in a run with an infield single — hit hard to shortstop, Brennan Ryan’s throw was off line and might have been late anyway — but Vernon Wells popped out to leave the tying run stranded at third base.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Romine now catching. Stewart was checked on the field after showing some sort of problem with his legs after running into third base on the Cano single. He stayed in the game initially, but after Wells popped out, he was pulled.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Tight left trap for Pettitte. That’s a back issue.