Eduardo Nunez 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Vernon Wells RF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Brendan Ryan SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 5.07)
Hughes vs. Rays
Ben Zobrist SS
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Evan Longoria 3B
David DeJesus CF
Delmon Young DH
Matt Joyce LF
Jose Molina C
Kelly Johnson 2B
LHP David Price (8-8, 3.43)
Price vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s again. Little bit of wind blowing left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Mark Wegner, 3B Tim Timmons
BACK FROM THE SHUTOUT: The Yankees are 8-2 this season in games immediately following a shutout loss, and they have gone 34-11 (.756) in such games since 2008 when Joe Girardi took over as manager. The Yankees have been shut out 11 times in 2013, marking their most in a single season since being shut out 15 times 1990.
TICKET OFFER AFTER BOBBLE BLUNDER: The Yankees announced that fans holding tickets for Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night on September 24 may redeem their tickets for complimentary tickets to any regular-season game at Yankee Stadium during the 2014 season excluding Opening Day and Old-Timers’ Day (subject to availability).
BOBBLEHEADS STILL AVAILABLE: Fans who did not redeem their bobblehead vouchers before leaving Yankee Stadium on Tuesday may redeem them at either of the Yankees’ two remaining home games tonight and Thursday, provided they have valid tickets for these games. Voucher redemption will take place inside Gate 2 through the end of each game. Fans who are not attending either of the Yankees’ two remaining home games should mail their vouchers and their mailing address to: Fan Services, Yankee Stadium, One E. 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451. Yankees Fan Services will mail them one bobblehead per original voucher received. Lost or misplaced vouchers as well as copies of original vouchers will not be honored.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: The Yankees held a brief pregame ceremony to honor Andy Pettitte. There was a video tribute to his career, and Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter presented Pettitte with a framed, signed base from his final Yankee Stadium start.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Three batters, three hard-hit balls against Hughes. He’s being booed already.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Only a one-run first for Hughes.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: And the Yankees have tied it here with two doubles in the bottom of the inning. Nunez and Cano each hit the ball hard (with a Rodriguez strikeout in between).
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Back-to-back hits to open the third for the Rays. David Huff was up and throwing earlier, but he’s not right now. That might change soon.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: What a weird way for it all to end for Hughes, with what looks like a blown call at third base. It goes down as a single to load the bases. Another bad outing for Hughes who’s done after just two-plus innings.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Nunez’s strong month of September continues with a solo homer in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 3-2. That’s his third homer of the year.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Couple of base runners in the fourth, but the Yankees can’t get anything out of it. Still a 3-2 gave with Huff pitching pretty well so far.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Wow. That’s an awfully nice play by Nunez.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Legitimately nice job by every Yankees infielder that inning.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Pretty aggressive boos for Rodriguez after that fifth-inning strikeout. Rodriguez was booed when he returned from the disabled list, began to be cheered after he became a legitimately productive hitter, seemed to become particularly popular after the Dempster incident, and now he’s being booed again as his numbers have slipped. That man walks a fine line. He really has to be very productive for people to like him, it seems.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Back-to-back home runs off Huff — now he’s being booed — not Hughes, and it’s now a 7-2 Rays lead. Matt Daley warming in the pen.