Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Austin Romine C
LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.13)
Nuno has never faced any of the Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Ryan Roberts 2B
Luke Scott DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist RF
James Loney 1B
Sean Rodriguez LF
Jose Molina C
Yunel Escobar SS
LHP Matt Moore (8-0, 2.29)
Moore vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Back under the dome.
UMPIRES: HP John Tumpane, 1B Jim Reynolds, 2B James Hoye, 3B John Hirschbeck
YOU SHALL NOT PASS: Yankees pitchers have not walked a batter in each of their last two games, the first time they have gone consecutive games without walking a batter since going four straight games in August of 2011. The Yankees last walked a batter in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s loss at Baltimore (Yamaico Navarro by Phil Hughes), a current stretch of 21 innings without walking a batter. They have issued a Major League-low 116 walks this season and are averaging 2.48 walks per nine innings, their lowest mark since 2003 (2.31).
BOTTOM’S UP: In last night’s win at Tampa Bay, each of the Yankees last four batters in the lineup (Adams, Overbay, Nix and Stewart) recorded two hits and scored at least one run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time the starting 6-7-8-9 hitters for the Yankees each had multiple hits in the same game since Ausgust 6, 2009, a 13-6 win vs. Boston (Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, and Melky Cabrera).
EIGHT’S ENOUGH: The Yankees are facing a pitcher with a season record of 8-0 or better for the fifth time in the last 40 seasons (since 1974). They have won each of the last two times they have faced a team who’s starting pitcher had a record of 8-0 or better: June 3, 2007 at Fenway Park (6-5 win vs. Josh Beckett who entered 8-0 and got a no decision) and July 14, 2006 against the White Sox (6-5 win vs. Jose Contreras who entered 9-0 and took his first loss). The other two times were June 1, 1994 against the White Sox (5-4 loss vs. Wilson Alvarez who entered 8-0 and got a no decisions) and June 16, 1986 against Boston (10-1 loss vs. Roger Clemens who improved to 12-0).
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: We’re underway with a leadoff double by Gardner.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: The Yankees cash in with a two-out, RBI single by Hafner.
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Scoreless first inning for Nuno, ending with a nice little leaping play by Nix.
UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.: Longoria ripped a double to open the second inning, but Nuno pitched around it. Yankees still holding a 1-0 lead against unbeaten Moore.
UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Nuno has been awfully good again, but two doubles in the fifth — one by Jose Molina, and one by Desmond Jennings — have tied the game at 1. Nuno has allowed four hits through five innings.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Maybe Roberts thought he would be able to get the out at second base, and when he couldn’t was surprised to find his throw to first slightly blocked? I don’t know, but clearly that didn’t go as planned and now the Yankees have runners at the corners with two outs and Ichiro up. Ichiro has two remarkably soft hits today.
UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Nuno is through six innings, allowing one run. That’s exactly what Matt Moore did (Jake McGee coming in for the Rays). That’s another awfully good spot start for Nuno.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Nix had a cut and was checked on the field. Given the Yankees luck, I assume it will be infected and some sort of virus will spread like the movie Outbreak.
UPDATE, 6:23 p.m.: Leadoff single by Loney — just past Adams — and now Nuno is out, Kelley is in. By the way, I love that The Trop plays Hey Joe whenever Girardi goes to the mound.
UPDATE, 6:26 p.m.: Double by pinch hitter Matt Joyce gets just past Overbay and now there are runners at second and third with no outs. Bottom of the order coming up, with Kelly Johnson about to hit for Molina.
UPDATE, 6:36 p.m.: General consensus in the press box is that Joyce was safe and it was a good call at the plate. The ball beat the play, but I’m not sure the tag beat the leg.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Welcome back Brennan Boesch! His two-out double pulled the Yankees within one, then he scored the tying run on a bang-bang play at the plate. We’re now tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth with Robertson in to pitch for the Yankees. I haven’t seen a replay of the Gardner caught stealing. Seeing it live, I thought he was safe, and obviously Girardi did as well. But I haven’t seen it again.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Nova very nearly blew the game in the 10th, but now Overbay has homered in the 11th and Rivera is coming in for the save. This would be an amazing win for the Yankees.