Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B
Austin Romine C
Phil Hughes P
RHP Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.58)
Hughes vs. Padres
Everth Cabrera SS
Alexi Amarista 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Will Venable CF
Chris Denorfia RF
Mark Kotsay LF
Nick Hundley C
Ian Kennedy P
RHP Ian Kennedy (3-8, 5.23)
Kennedy vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Going to miss this weather, no question. Another beautiful day in San Diego.
UMPIRES: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Mike DiMuro, 3B Scott Barry
ENTER SANDMAN: Mariano Rivera has 35 saves (in 37 save opportunities), second in the Majors behind Baltimore’s Jim Johnson (38). After earning his first career regular season save at PETCO Park on Saturday, Rivera now has regular season saves at 32 different ballparks according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias also notes that he has made Major League appearances in just four parks without recording a save (Milwaukee’s County Stadium-4G and Miller Park-1G, RFK Stadium-2G and the Tokyo Dome-1G).
ZEROING IN: Yankees pitchers have tossed shutouts in two of the team’s last three games and three of their last eight. The Yankees have pitched eight shutouts this season (had nine in 2012).
GOOD MATCHUP: Good timing for the Yankees on this one. Newly acquired left fielder Alfonso Soriano has hit .462/.556/1.231 in his career against new Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Soriano has faced Kennedy 16 times with six hits, three walks and three home runs.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Hughes and Kennedy each worked through a scoreless first inning. Hughes allowed a single. Kennedy sent the side down in order.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Couple of singles, a stolen base and a sac fly. That’s a 1-0 Padres lead in the second.
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: After a half dozen conversations to figure out how each side was going to approach the Kennedy at-bat, Kennedy got the sac bunt down and the Yankees might have had an out at third had Nunez been there in time. Instead, it’s second and third with two outs and Cabrera at the plate.
UPDATE, 4:53 p.m.: Two-out, two-run single by Cabrera and the Padres lead is up to 3-0, still in the second. Hughes has already thrown 44 pitches.
UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: Another sac fly, another Padres run. It’s now a 4-0 game. Not pretty for Hughes. With Preston Claiborne warm, it’s hard to imagine Hughes pitching beyond Kotsay.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: Well, that’s that. Hughes gives up an RBI single to Kotsay for a 5-0 Padres lead and here’s Claiborne. Gonna be a lot of Adam Warren today.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: Headley gets a two-out RBI single of Claiborne. Yankees still have just one hit off Kennedy.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Here’s Warren. Lillibridge moves to third base in the double switch. Warren will bat seventh.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Kennedy couldn’t get the last out of the sixth inning. Four straight Yankees reached base, two runs scored and the Padres are into their bullpen with Eduardo Nunez coming to the plate and Brett Gardner — hitting for Warren — on deck.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: That’s Austin Romine’s first big league homer. It’s now 6-3.