Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Ichiro Suzuki DH
Brendan Ryan SS
Chris Stewart C
LHP Andy Pettitte (10-11, 3.88)
Pettitte vs. Astros
Jonathan Villar SS
Jose Altuve 2B
Matt Dominguez 3B
Chris Carter 1B
J.D. Martinez LF
Brandon Laird DH
Jimmy Paredes RF
Matt Pagnozzi C
Brandon Barnes CF
RHP Paul Clemens (4-6, 5.69)
Clemens vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Another rainy day, another night with the roof closed.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Laz Diaz
SEEMS FITTING: Tonight Andy Pettitte will make his 438th start as a Yankee, tying Whitey Ford for the most in franchise history.
RUN SUPPORT: The Yankees have scored three or fewer runs in five straight games, their second-longest such stretch since the start of the 2006 season (had seven straight games of three runs or less from July 30 through August 6 of this season).
ON THIS DATE: On September 28, 1951, Allie Reynolds pitched his second career no hitter, and on September 28, 1923 the Yankees got a 24-4 win at Fenway Park during which they had 30 hits, setting a still-standing franchise record for hits in a game.
EXIT SANDMAN: Mariano Rivera said he’s definitely not going to pitch or play this weekend. “I think Thursday was the day that I left everything on the field,” he said. “I won’t say I’m hurt, but sore. I was pitching with tremendous soreness in my arm, but at the same time, I was giving everything. I left it there that night. Now I just want to enjoy what is left of the season.”
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Seems right that Pettitte got a double play to end the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Two scoreless for Pettitte.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Good base running by Altuve has the Astros in the lead, 1-0, after four innings.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Three singles in the sixth have tied the game at 1. Cano had the RBI. Nunez barely missed a home run on a foul ball.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Well. That was weird. Ball slipped out of the catchers hand on a fake throw to second, then Nunez was safe on a very close play at the plate (hard to tell even on replay whether he should have been called out). In the end, it’s a 2-1 Yankees lead.