Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Austin Romine C
RHP David Phelps (4-4, 4.08)
Phelps vs. Rays
Matt Joyce LF
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Luke Scott DH
Jose Molina C
Yunel Escobar SS
RHP Roberto Hernandez (4-7, 5.02)
Hernandez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Been a beautiful day all day, and it’s turning into a gorgeous night.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Alan Porter, 3B Mike Estabrook
EVERYDAY SHORTSTOP: Jayson Nix has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games and 19 of his last 22 in which he’s had an at-bat. He has hit .305 (25-for-82) over a 23-game stretch since May 24 and had his season-high-tying seven-game hitting streak come to an end last night. It was his second seven-game streak of the season, one game shy of his career high. He is batting a team-high .304 (34-for-112) on the road this season with 13 runs and 11 RBI in 33 games away from Yankee Stadium.
ON THE RUN: Nix has not been caught in his last 13 stolen base attempts, the longest active streak among current Yankees according to Elias. Nix is 10-for-10 in 2013 and has not been caught stealing since July 18, 2012 against Toronto by J.P Arencibia.
PITCH, HIT AND RUN: Tomorrow morning, Yankee Stadium will host the New York Yankees Championship of the 2013 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) program. A group of 24 kids, ages 7-14, will participate. The top three scores in each age and gender group out of all 30 MLB Team Championships will advance to the PHR National Finals held at Citi Field during MLB All-Star Week. More information about the program is available online at www.MLB.com/PHR.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Hey look, a bunt single by Gardner. He’s hitting .287 now.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Gardner, Ichiro and Cano have combined to produce a run. The trick, of course, is getting the other six Yankees hitters to do something. But, the bright side is obviously a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Zoilo Almonte is a hit machine!
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Looks like Cano over-dived for that ball. It scooted away for an infield single and a tied game.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Leadoff bunt leads to a run in the first inning. Now two sac bunts have help bring in a run in the third. Yankees are up 2-1.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Luke Scott’s second hit of the day is an RBI single to tie the game in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Alberto Gonzalez’s stay with the Yankees could be a short one. The Cubs have announced that they’ve traded Brett Lillibridge to the Yankees for a PTBNL or cash. I assume he’ll go to Triple-A initially, but he’s another light-hitting utility type. He can basically play anywhere.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Well that could have been a mess, but Phelps got the Rays top two hitters to fly out after letting their bottom three hitters reach base and load the bases.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Run-scoring double play ball actually brings in the go-ahead run. Not ideal, but the Yankees are in front, 3-2.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Adams given a single on that play, so that’s an RBI for a 4-2 lead.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Phelps pulled after a two-out single in the sixth. He didn’t always make it look easy, but he made some big pitches and allowed just two runs through 5.2 innings. Maybe not his best outing, but certainly not his worst. Here’s Logan to face Joyce.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Holy Zoilo! Curtain call for the rookie who’s now 3-for-3 with a solo homer in his first ever big league start. It’s a 5-2 Yankees lead.