Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP David Phelps (4-3, 4.15)
Phelps vs. Mariners
Jason Bay RF
Nick Franklin 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Kendrys Morales DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Kelly Shoppach C
Michael Saunders CF
Alex Liddi 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
RHP Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58)
Hernandez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Cloudy day here in Seattle, but no complaints.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Muchlinski, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Laz Diaz
FINALES: The Yankees are 11-10 in series finales this season. They are 5-5 in finales on the road, losing their last three.
SMALL BALL: The Yankees are 7-14 this year when they don’t hit a home run. That matches their total amount of wins from last season in games in which they don’t homer.
AT FIRST: The Yankees have scored first in 14 of their last 18 road games, scoring at least once in the first inning in eight of the contests.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Phelps really has a terrific pickoff move. He nabs Bay at first base to help get through a scoreless first. The Yankees actually threatened in the top of the inning, loading the bases for Ichiro against Felix Hernandez. It didn’t go well.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Just your typical bunt single by Chris Stewart against Felix Hernandez.
UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: RBI single by Gardner has the Yankees on the board. The Yankees got one against Felix. Ball’s in your court, David Phelps.
UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Infield single to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: That’s 10 in a row retired by Phelps. There’s action in the Yankees bullpen, so Phelps might be finished after six innings, but he’s pitched well. Again.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: When Robertson allows a leadoff double, I honestly still expect him to get the strikeouts he needs to end the inning. He did it again today. Double. Sac bunt. Strikeout. Strikeout. Crisis averted. On to the ninth, still tied at 1.