Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira DH
Vernon Wells LF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
David Adams 3B
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (4-3, 4.17)
Pettitte vs. Mariners
Jason Bay RF
Kyle Seager 3B
Kendrys Morales 1B
Michael Morse DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Franklin 2B
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS
Brandon Bantz C
LHP Joe Saunders (4-5, 5.20)
Saunders vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Another pretty nice day here in Seattle. Some clouds, but still perfectly comfortable.
UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Mike Muchlinski, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Mark Wegner
FROM THE LEFT SIDE: The Yankees are facing Joe Saunders today. They are 13-6 (.684) against left-handed starters this season, the best such winning percentage in the Majors. The Yankees have won 10 of their last 13 games when opposed by a left-handed starter and are 4-3 against lefty starters on the road.
YOUNG GUNS: Yankees rookie pitchers (Claiborne, Marshall, Nuno and Warren) have combined for a 2.85 ERA (72.2IP, 23ER) this season. Of course, today’s starter, Andy Pettitte, is not exactly a rookie.
TOP OF THE ORDER: Brett Gardner has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games since May 24, batting .302 (16-for-53) over the stretch. He has scored at least one run in 15 of his last 22 starts. He doubled and scored the Yankees only run yesterday.
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Pettitte works a scoreless first, and the Yankees are up 1-0 on a Teixeira double and Cano RBI single. Of course, they were also up 1-0 after one inning yesterday.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Youkilis still in the game, but a lot of stretching and awkwardness after a sliding play at first base. Looks suspicious for a guy coming back from a back injury.
UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Another double by Gardner.
UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: Michael Pineda’s rehab start has been rained out.
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: Nix can’t turn two, which opens the door to a sac fly that ties the game at 1.
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Jayson Nix continues to be a helpful player against lefties. His two-out single has put the Yankees back in front, 2-1, in the fifth.