Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells RF
Travis Hafner DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
David Adams 3B
LHP Andy Pettitte (5-6, 4.22)
Pettitte vs. Twins
Clete Thomas CF
Brian Dozier 2B
Ryan Doumit C
Justin Morneau 1B
Trevor Plouffe DH
Oswaldo Arcia LF
Chris Parmelee RF
Jamey Carroll 3B
Eduardo Escobar SS
LHP Scott Diamond (5-7, 5.40)
Diamond vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Beautiful night at the league’s best ballpark.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Joyce, 1B Cory Blaser, 2B Jeff Nelson, 3B Ed Hickox
CENTRAL HEATING: The Yankees are 10-3 against the AL Central this season, winning 10 of their last 11 games against the division after losing their first two against Detroit.
UPCOMING STRETCH: The Yankees are in a stretch of 20 days of games with no off days from June 25 until the All-Star break. They play 11 of their next 14 games into the break against teams currently under .500.
HALFWAY HOME: The Yankees went 42-39 through the first 81 games of the season. It’s the 19th time in the past 20 years that the team has had a record of .500 or better in the first half of the season (2007 is the exception). The Yankees have won 42 or fewer games through 81 games for the fourth time since 1993, but have made the postseason each of the previous three times: 2007 (40-41), 2005 (42-39) and 1995 (40-40-1).
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Cano with a long home run to center. I guess Diamond didn’t get the memo that he should just pitch around Cano with two outs and the bases empty. Or any time, really.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Pettitte’s rocky first inning has the Yankees in a 3-1 hole. He allowed three hits and botched a comebacker. Not a good start against a pretty bad lineup.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Pettitte just tied Whitey Ford for the most strikeouts in Yankees franchise history.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: There’s another home run for Cano and it’s a tied game. Maybe going to Baltimore — where he’s always hit extremely well — has gotten Cano back on track.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Pettitte is now the Yankees career strikeouts leader.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: The Yankees tried to stick with Pettitte heading into the sixth, but Parmalee just took him deep to the Twins back in front. This is a milestone game for Pettitte, but he’s in line for the loss.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: So the Twins bring in a right-hander to face Cano. That same righty lets the Yankees go to Ichiro instead of Wells. That same righty throws one ball away to put runners at the corners, then throws another ball away to let the tying run score. All while letting the Yankees roll out Cano, Ichiro, Hafner and Almonte (batting lefty instead of righty) for basically their best possible stretch of hitters that doesn’t include Brett Gardner.
UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.: And now Almonte has a go-ahead single.