Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Reid Brignac SS
LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 3.95)
Pettitte vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Sean Rodriguez LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Wil Myers RF
Jose Molina DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Lobaton C
James Loney 1B
LHP Matt Moore (8-3, 4.12)
Moore vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Bright blue sky with a light breeze blowing out to center.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Alan Porter
ZEROES TO HEROES: The Yankees are 5-0 in games immediately following a shutout loss this season. They have gone 31-9 (.775) in such games since 2008 when Joe Girardi took over as manager.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The Yankees have used 41 players this season. They used 45 players all of last year. Of the 41 players used this season, 18 have made their first-ever appearance as a Yankee, with six players making their Major League debuts (INF David Adams, OF Zoilo Almonte, RHP Preston Claiborne, INF Corban Joseph, RHP Brett Marshall and LHP Vidal Nuno). The Yankees are one of five teams to use at least 40 players already in 2013 (also Blue Jays-46, Marlins-42, Dodgers-40 and Mariners-40).
MORE ON THE KIDS: According to the Elias Sports Bureau the last time the Yankees had six players make their Major League debuts prior to the All-Star break was 2007 (3B Chris Basak, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Matt DeSalvo, RHP Phil Hughes, LHP Kei Igawa, RHP Edwar Ramirez and RHP Chase Wright).
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Leadoff double, no problem for Andy Pettitte. He through the first inning with Jennings left stranded.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Nice sliding catch by Ichiro, but it didn’t give him enough time to get the out at home and the Rays have a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Make that a 3-0 lead for the Rays. Got ’em just where they want ’em!
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Bases loaded with no outs for the 3-4-5 hitters. So far, the Yankees have scored one run on a wild pitch and another on a sac fly. Runner at third with one out and Hafner at the plate. Not going to get a much better scoring opportunity than this.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: So the Yankees got three runs, which means they basically took advantage of the opportunity. But they got those three runs without a hit from the middle of the order. Has to be one of the most disappointing three-run innings ever, right?
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Back-to-back two-out hits, another run, and here comes Joba Chamberlain to relieve Pettitte.