Ichiro Suzuki CF
Derek Jeter DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Luis Cruz 3B
Austin Romine C
LHP Andy Pettitte (6-6, 4.37)
Pettitte vs. Royals
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Eric Hosmer 1B
Billy Butler DH
Salvador Perez C
Lorenzo Cain CF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Johnny Giavotella 2B
David Lough RF
RHP Ervin Santana (5-5, 2.90)
Santana vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Actually not overwhelmingly hot today. Little cloudy, but so far so good as far as rain goes.
UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B Angel Hernandez, 3B Paul Hauert
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SMALL BALL: The Yankees homered twice on Wednesday but have homered in just 11 of their past 31 games since June 7. They have just 17 total homers in that span.
WARMING UP: The Yankees are 7-3 in July and have had a non-losing record in the month of July in each of their past 20 seasons. They had 19 straight seasons with winning Julys until last year when they were an even .500.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Well that didn’t go quite right. Three runs in the top of the first have the Yankees in a hole, but of course, three runs hasn’t been a problem for this team.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: That’s a leadoff single for Jeter. Of course it is. Swings at the first pitch. Tops it. Doesn’t get it out of the infield. But hey, it’s Jeter. Sometimes things work out.
UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: And a single by Cano, Jeter goes to third and the Yankees have something started. Of course, now Wells is up against a right-hander.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: The Yankees managed a run in their half of the first, but Pettitte has given it right back in the second. Doesn’t look sharp.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Another chopper for Jeter, but this one is an out to end the second inning. Two runs in the inning, though, have the Yankees within a run. The big hit? Believe it or not, it was a double by Austin Romine.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: To be fair, Nunez did not throw the ball away on that play.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Lyle Overbay comes through again. Big two-out, two-run single to put the Yankees in front 5-4 in the fifth. His job was vaguely threatened by Ishikawa, and he’s responded in a big way.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Almonte singles in a run. Nunez singles in a run. It’s now a three-run Yankees lead with Pettitte going back out for the sixth.
UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Not remotely a strong start for Pettitte, but he leaves to a strong ovation. Did a good job limiting the damage after that first inning. Here’s Shawn Kelley to get the final out of the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Hasn’t gotten the ball out of the infield, but Jeter has a hit, a run and an RBI today. And it’s a four-run Yankees lead.