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Game 50: Yankees at Mets

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YANKEES (30-19)
Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Phil Hughes RHP (2-3, 5.51)
Hughes vs. Mets [2]

METS (18-29)
Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda LF
John Buck C
Rick Ankiel CF
Ike Davis 1B
Mike Baxter RF
Jon Niese LHP (3-5, 4.80)
Niese vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network, MLB Network and SNY

WEATHER: It should be mid-60 and clear at game time. A beautiful Memorial Day for baseball after an ugly weekend.

UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Adrian Johnson

SUBWAY CINCH: The Yankees are 54-36 (.600) all-time against the Mets. They are just 25-20 (.556) in Queens, but 8-4 here since the Mets moved to Citi Field. The Yankees have also won nine of 11 overall against the Mets.

NO NEED FOR LEFTY LUCK: The Yanks are 11-4 this year against lefties and face the struggling lefty Niese in tonight’s Subway Series opener. Their .733 winning percentage is the best in baseball, and they’ve been their best of late, winning eight of nine, the last against unbeaten Matt Moore.

SENIOR SCHOOLING: I stole the subhead from the Yankees’ game notes because it cannot be topped. Of course, neither can the Yanks when facing the NL. They’ve won 16 of 21 and 24 of 32 and haven’t lost an interleague series on the road since 2010.

I’ll post my share both here and on Chad’s Twitter account @LoHudYankees [4].

UPDATE: 9:00 p.m.: You have to wonder watching this if Phil Hughes would have (or, if the Yankees don’t re-sign him, WILL) fulfill his potential if he pitched in (or pitches in) a home park like Citi Field? David Wright, Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy all might have gone yard if this game was played in the Bronx. Instead, Hughes takes a three-hit shutout into the seventh.

And speaking of that Murphy hit, what a catch by Gardner. That has to move pretty high up on the list of Subway Series highlights.