Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Vernon Wells LF
Thomas Neal RF
David Adams 3B
Reid Brignac SS
Austin Romine C
LHP Andy Pettitte (5-3, 3.82)
Pettitte vs. Angels
Mike Trout LF
Josh Hamilton RF
Albert Pujols DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Chris Iannetta C
Erick Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
LHP C.J. Wilson (4-5, 4.02)
Wilson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s Southern California. There’s a reason Best Coast wrote that song.
UMPIRES: HP Manny Gonzalez, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Larry Vanover, 3B Brian Gorman
OUTSOURCE: Mark Teixeira recorded 21 putouts at in yesterday’s 18-inning loss at Oakland, marking just the second time in the last 15 seasons (since 1999) that a Yankee recorded as many or more putouts in a single game (Andy Phillips, June 28, 2006 against Atlanta; 22 putouts in a 4-3 Yankees win in 12 innings).
SECOND ROUND BATTING PRACTICE: Second-round draft pick Gosuke Katoh from nearby San Diego took batting practice with the Yankees today.
OPENING ACT: The Yankees are 13-10 in series openers this season, winning eight of their last 12. They are 6-6 in openers on the road, winning three of their last five.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Two-out double has the Angels on the board in the first inning. Is one run enough to beat the Yankees?
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Wells hit the ball hard, but that doesn’t always count for much.
UPDATE, 10:51 p.m.: Solid little play by Adams over at second. Nothing over the top, but for a guy who’s been playing third most of the year, it was a nice play.
UPDATE, 11:04 p.m.: Wells hits one ball hard and makes an out, barely gets another ball out of the infield and gets a hit. We’ll call it even. Big chance for Neal.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Neal works a walk to load the bases for David Adams. There are two outs in the fourth.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Hey look, a big hit for the Yankees! David Adams comes through with a single up the middle. Two runs are in and the Yankees are up 2-1. Adams hadn’t been hitting at all lately and his playing time had dwindled to nothing, but he’s going to get a new chance now that Youkilis is hurt.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: Michael Pineda pitched an intrasquad game today in Tampa: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0R, 1 BB, 5 K. He threw 74 pitches, 57 strikes.
UPDATE, 11:22 p.m.: Back here in the world of real games, Pettitte just allowed two singles and two sacrifices to let the Angels tie the game at 2 in the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: Through five, we’re tied at two and the stadium is playing Tegan & Sara. Canada rejoices.
UPDATE, 11:46 p.m.: Neal has his first Yankees hit — the ball was tossed back to the dugout — but Kendrick made a nice play to start a double play to end the top of the sixth.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: Honestly, I didn’t think Wells would get it done. But his throw was on the money, and Romine did a great job staying in there with Pujols charging down the line. That’s a big out at the plate to keep the lead intact.
UPDATE, 12:09 a.m.: Looked like Adams ball to me. Brutal.
UPDATE, 12:17 a.m.: The botched play in the infield costs the Yankees as Trumbo’s two-out single scores Bourjos. I know Wells has thrown out a runner at the plate in two straight games, but he had not shot on that one.
UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: He doesn’t hit much, but Brignac is a fine defensive player.
UPDATE, 12:35 a.m.: What do you know, the Yankees Nos. 4, 5, 6 hitters just made key outs with runners on base in a close game.
UPDATE, 12:48 a.m.: Austin Romine makes a nice play to bail out David Adams for a poor throw. One out at the plate is followed by an RBI single and it’s a 5-2 Angels lead.