Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Curtis Granderson RF
David Adams 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP David Phelps (2-2, 3.83)
Phelps vs. Rays
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Luke Scott DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Kelly Johnson LF
Sam Fuld CF
Jose Lobaton C
Yunel Escobar SS
RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 5.24)
Hernandez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Pretty warm outside. Room temperature under the dome.
UMPIRES: HP John Hirschbeck, 1B John Tumpane, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B James Hoye
GRANDY MAN CAN: Curtis Granderson has started each of the three outfield positions over his last three games started. He is the second Yankee to start three straight team games — all at a different OF position — this season (also Ichiro Suzuki from April 30 to May 3).
ADAMS IS ABLE: David Adams has hit safely in six of his first seven career games, compiling eight hits total. Only one Yankee since 2000 has recorded more hits over his first seven career Major League games. It was Hideki Matsui, who had nine hits. Since 1950, only one Yankees infielder has compiled more hits over his first seven Major League games. That was Frank Baker, who had nine hits in 1970.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: The Yankees have had 24 of their first 46 games decided by two runs or less, including 14 of 20 games in the month of May and 18 of their last 26 since April 25.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: David Adams should have been out, but the Yankees caught a break and Overbay turned it into a run with a two-run double. It’s 2-0 here in the second inning.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Runners at first and second, the Rays decide to walk Cano to face Wells with the bases loaded. I don’t hate the strategy — especially because Gardner was the runner at first — but Wells isn’t an easy out here.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Worked out. Wells popped out, inning over. It’s a 3-0 Yankees lead for Phelps, who’s heading out for the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Three up, three down in each of the first three innings for Phelps. When’s the last time Nova did that?
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Stewart singles in his second at-bat of the night, then Brett Gardner jumps all over a first pitch to hit his fourth homer of the year. The Yankees lead is up to 5-0 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Here’s the good news, the Yankees just got three more runs and once again batted around in the fifth. They scored on a bases-loaded walk, bases-loaded singled and a bases-loaded hit by pitch. The bad news is, Granderson is out of the game because he was hit by a pitch in the left hand earlier in the inning. No word yet on the severity. He stayed in to run the bases, but now Ichiro is playing right field.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: No longer a perfect game, but after a one-out double in the fifth, Phelps retired the next two and is through five scoreless.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Probably a play Adams should make at third base, but also the kind of play that doesn’t happen at second base. A hard-hit ball got past him — ruled a hit — and the Rays have scored two runs in the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Rays got another run before Phelps ended the inning with a fly ball. It’s an 8-3 Yankees lead, and that inning was the only hint of trouble for Phelps who’s at 74 pitches.