RHP Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94)
Nova vs. Rays
David DeJesus CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Sean Rodriguez LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C
RHP Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50)
Archer vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, YES Network
WEATHER: Been raining off and on, but there’s a roof.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Clint Fagan, 2B Rob Drake, 3B Joe West
FAMILIAR FEELING: The Yankees have now started three straight seasons with a 10-7 record after 17 games.
SECURE AFTER SIX (MOSTLY): Last night was the first time this season that the Yankees lost a game when leading after six innings. They’re 10-1 in such games. They’re 0-6 when tied or trailing after six innings.
OFF AND RUNNING: Jacoby Ellsbury has eight stolen bases, tied with Elvis Andrus for the most in the American League entering today. Ellsbury and Andrus trailed Dee Gordon (10) and Eric Young (9) for the major-league lead in stolen bases.
BETTER AT HOME: In his career, Ivan Nova is 4-3 with a 2.13 ERA in eight career starts against the Rays at Yankee Stadium. Facing the Rays at Tropicana Field, though, Nova is 2-1 with a 4.56 ERA in five appearances (four starts).
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Pretty uneventful through the first inning and a half, so I can only assume the rest of this game will be absurd. Ellsbury’s single and caught stealing is the most action of the game so far.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Solo homer for Wil Myers, this first of the year. It came on a 1-1 curveball.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: The Rays second homer of the game is a solo shot by Ryan Hanigan, and it’s now a 2-0 game.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: The Rays third homer of the game is a long one and a big one, a two-run shot by Longoria to make it 4-0 in the third inning. Not a good way to start when the Yankees need to avoid using Vidal Nuno.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Archer has faced the minimum through four innings.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: And there’s another Rays homer. This is Hanigan’s second of the game, another two-run shot, and it’s now 6-0 in the fourth. Ugly.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: The Yankees have their first hit since Ellsbury started the game with a single (nevermind that this second hit didn’t even leave the infield).
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Yankees are on the board with Kelly Johnson’s two-out RBI double here in the fifth inning. Still a 6-1 game.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Seems to be something wrong with Nova. Just reading lips on the television, Girardi said something about “feeling” something. He either asked Nova where he’s feeling it or what he’s feeling, but it definitely looked like Nova said something about feeling something and the Yankees pulled him. Matt Daley is in now. Nova looked pretty bad (obviously).
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Now Myers has his second home run of the night. It’s a three-run shot of Daley for a 10-1 Rays lead. Wonder if Daley might wear it for a while tonight and pay the price with a demotion tomorrow.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Daley just threw 41 pitches and got four outs. Here’s Betances in a game that’s well out of hand at 12-1 in the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Error by Solarte opened the door, and now Betances has walked in a run. The Yankees still have two more innings to fill, and after David Phelps and Adam Warren each pitched last night, my guess is that Betances is the last guy who can give multiple innings tonight. Daley was going to have to be the mopup man, but his 41 pitches were good for only four outs.