RHP David Phelps (3-4 3.94)
Phelps vs. Reds
Billy Hamilton CF
Zack Cozart SS
Todd Frazier 3B
Jay Bruce RF
Devin Mesoraco C
Ryan Ludwick DH
Brayan Pena 1B
Chris Heisey LF
Ramon Santiago 2B
RHP Mike Leake (7-7, 3.54)
Leake vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Little breeze blowing from left to right. Feels nice out here, actually. No significant chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Paul Nauert, 2B Angel Hernandez 3B Adrian Johnson
NO HITTER: Comes as no surprise that the Reds don’t have much experience against David Phelps. The guys in tonight’s Cincinnati lineup actually have a total of six at-bats against him. They’re 0-for-6 with one walk and two strikeouts.
COMING HOME AGAIN: The Yankees are 18-23 at home this season. They’re 29-24 on the road. According to Elias, it’s only the fourth season since the inception of the All-Star Game in 1933 that the Yankees have a winning road record but a losing home record at the break. Last time it happened was 1986 when they were just one game below .500 at home but 30-18 on the road. The good news is that the Yankees have played the fewest home games of any team in baseball, so the bad record at home hasn’t cost the Yankees as much as it might have.
RE2PECT: The Yankees today announced they will hold a special pregame ceremony to honor the career of Derek Jeter on Sunday, September 7. All fans in attendance for the Yankees’ game vs. Kansas City will receive a limited-edition commemorative coin that will recognize the occasion.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Gardner hit in the foot and checked on the field, but he’s staying in the game.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Good sign for the Yankees that Brian McCann has come out swinging. Two-out RBI double in the bottom of the first for an early 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Infield defense really hurting the Yankees this inning. Brian Roberts botched a double play, and now Derek Jeter has mishandled a tough hop at shortstop. Game tied at 2.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Phelps looks awfully good tonight. Just got a couple of strikeouts to get through the fifth. He allowed the solo homer, but otherwise his only damage has come when the defense has let him down.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: And now Ellsbury has picked him up. Two-run home run for a 4-2 lead. The Yankees RBIs have come from McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury, their three major offensive additions of the offseason.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Six good innings out of Phelps and he’s at 84 pitches. Could get seven from him, then hand it over to Betances and Robertson.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Pena’s second home run of the night looked a lot like his first. That’s his first career multi-homer game, and it’s pulled the Reds within 4-3 in the seventh. Looks like Betances getting warm in the Yankees bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Phelps gets his seventh strikeout and comes out for Betances with two outs in the seventh. The first hitters Betances will face is Billy Hamilton, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a ground ball against Phelps. Really strong start for Phelps. The two solo homers were really his only big mistakes.