Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59)
Kuroda vs. Mariners
Endy Chavez CF
Jason Bay RF
Kyle Seager 3B
Kendrys Morales 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Michael Morse DH
Nick Franklin 2B
Kelly Shoppach C
Brendan Ryan SS
RHP Jeremy Bonderman (0-1, 13.50)
Bonderman vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: I know this sounds crazy, but it’s cloudy and looks like it could rain in Seattle. Very happy to see the roof right now.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Mike Winters
YOU CAN, YOUK: Kevin Youkilis has reached base safely — via hit, walk or HBP — in all 19 games that he’s started at Safeco Field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only player with a longer current streak of reaching base in consecutive starts at Safeco Field is David Ortiz (done so in his last 20 starts).
ROAD WARRIOR: Robinson Cano batting .301 (34-for-113) with eight home runs on the road this season. He’s tied for fourth-most road homers in the American League this season. He had 11 home runs away from Yankee Stadium all of last year.
STRIVE FOR FIVE: The Yankees are currently riding a four-game winning streak, one shy of their season-high set May 8-12. This marks their fourth winning streak of at least four games this season. They have scored at least six runs in three of the four games, after reaching the six-run mark just three times over their previous 18 games.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Leadoff double by Gardner leads to a Yankees run.
UPDATE, 11:47 p.m.: Sorry, had some issues going on that I was dealing with. Anyway, this game was pretty boring until Kuroda was knocked around by the bottom of the order. He had two outs and the bases empty, and the Mariners turned that into four runs. It’s a bad scene for the Yankees, who suddenly trail 4-1 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 12:06 a.m.: Of course Jeremy Bonderman is shutting down the Yankees lineup. Just pitched a 1-2-3 sixth. Ugly.
UPDATE, 12:22 a.m.: Into the Mariners bullpen, but still the same old story.
UPDATE, 12:56 a.m.: Yankees needed Cano to do something there to get the tying run to the plate in the eight. Instead, he went down looking. Still 4-1, Yankees have three more outs.