Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.66)
Nova vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce DH
Kelly Johnson LF
Jose Molina C
Yunel Escobar SS
RHP Chris Archer (5-3, 2.76)
Archer vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Few clouds, but mostly warm and sunny here in the Bronx.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B John Hirschbeck, 2B James Hoye, 3B Bob Davidson
LATEST CENSUS: With Alfonso Soriano playing last night, the Yankees have used 47 players this season (18 pitchers, 3 catchers, 15 infielders, 10 outfielders, 1 DH), exceeding their total from all of last year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees already topped the most players the club had ever used through its first 100 games of a season. The Yankees last used more players in a season in 2011 (48), and the franchise record is 51 (accomplished in 2008 and 2005).
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: The Yankees will honor Hideki Matsui prior to Sunday’s game, which includes a Matsui bobblehead giveaway. Matsui will sign a minor league contract to formally rejoin the organization so that he can retire as a Yankee. The on-field ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., which will include a video tribute and his signing of retirement papers at home plate alongside Yankees Senior V.P./General Manager Brian Cashman, Senior V.P./Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman and Matsui’s mother (Saeko) and father (Masao). He will then be presented with a matted and framed 2009 Yankees jersey. Matsui will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees-Rays game.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Nova works around a couple of hits and gets through a scoreless top of the first.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Nova’s given himself a chance here. With two on and now outs, he’s now struck out two in a row — Zobrist and Joyce — and now faces Kelly Johnson. Would be huge to get out of this inning. Of course, the Yankees offense hasn’t done a thing against Archer.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Nova gets the third straight K and gets out of the inning.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Yankees have their first base runner. It’s a gift from Evan Longoria, with Ichiro at first base on the E-5.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Kelly Johnson just floated a single into center field, just enough for a run to score and the Rays to take a 1-0 lead in the sixth. The Yankees, by the way, have one hit. One.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Times Like These playing in the stadium as the video board shows Dave Grohl sitting in the stands.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: If you were counting on immediate production from Soriano, these two games have been an overwhelming disappointment. He just hit one back to the mound for the second out of a 1-2-3 seventh inning. It’s still 1-0 with Robertson coming in to pitch the eighth.