Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Lyle Overbay DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Thomas Neal LF
Reid Brignac SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP David Phelps (4-3, 3.90)
Phelps vs. Angels
Mike Trout LF
Josh Hamilton RF
Albert Pujols DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Erick Aybar SS
Hank Conger C
Peter Bourjos CF
RHP Tommy Hanson (3-2, 4.12)
Hanson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:15 p.m., FOX
UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Manny Gonzalez
PITCH MEN: Yankees pitchers have held their opponent to four runs or less 47 times this season (going 35-12 in those games), tying Pittsburgh for the most such games in the Majors. Since May 3, the Yankees have a 3.42 team ERA, the sixth-best mark in the Majors and third-best in the American League. Since June 2, Yankees relievers have a 1.95 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
FIVE ALIVE: The Yankees are an MLB-best 20-0 when scoring five or more runs, but they are 17-30 (26th in MLB) when scoring four or fewer. They have been held to four runs or less in their past seven games and 19 of their past 23, included a run of nine straight games of four runs or less from May 25 through June 2, their longest such streak since 10 in a row in 2005. They have been held to four runs or less 47 times, the third-most in baseball behind Seattle (51) and Miami (49).
POSITION TO WIN: While the Yankees have hit just .130 (3-for-23) with runners in scoring position over the last three games, in their 22 prior games from May 17 through June 11, they hit .316 (49-for-155) with a .384 OBP with RISP.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Nice sliding catch by Ichiro to get out of the first inning with a runner stranded at third. If that run had scored, that might have been the ballgame.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Solo homer by Aybar sneaks just inside the right field pole for a 1-0 Angels lead in the second.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Two-out single by Stewart and RBI triple by Gardner has tied the game. Again, it’s the table setters and role players who are providing a little bit of offense. Need something from the big guys in the middle.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Nix with a single to score Gardner and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Pujols hasn’t been nearly as good as he was in St. Louis, and the Yankees chose to pitch to him with first base open. Pujols singled in a run to tie the game at 2.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Looks like Callaspo missed the tag, but the throw and the play clearly beat Ichiro to the bag, so the Angels got the call. Would have taken a great call to get it right, and it looks like Gonzalez didn’t make a great call.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: David Adams in to play first base. Not sure what happened to Teixeira.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Phelps tried to turn two rather than get the lead runner out at third. It backfired when Cano wasn’t able to turn the double play and Aybar followed with an RBI single. Angels now up 3-2. Still no word on Teixeira.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Yankees calling it an “aggravated right wrist” for Teixeira. He’s going to see Dr. Ahmad tomorrow in New York. That’s not good news.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Shawn Kelley in after a leadoff single against Phelps. Kelley immediately allows a walk and an RBI double. It’s 4-2 Angels. The Yankees haven’t scored more than four runs since June 6.