RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89)
Greene has never faced the Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Vince Belnome DH
Curt Casali C
Kevin Kiermaier RF
LHP Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.73)
Smyly vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., YES Network and FS1
WEATHER: Not great outside. Again, thankful for the dome.
UMPIRES: HP Kerwin Danley, 1B Mark Ripperger, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Gary Cederstrom
ONE AT A TIME: The Yankees were shut out last night, but they have have not been shut out in consecutive games since May 12-13, 1999 against Anaheim. They have played 2,515 games since then, marking the longest streak of not being shut out in consecutive games in MLB history according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
NICE ROUND NUMBER: With today’s game, the Yankees have started a rookie pitcher 50 times this season, marking the highest such total in MLB and the fourth-highest total in franchise history since “rookie” rules were made in 1958. That’s according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees are 31-19 in games started by rookie pitchers this year, including 20-7 on the road.
ON THIS DATE: It was on August 16, 1948 that Babe Ruth died at the age of 53. His death came just over two months after his final visit to Yankee Stadium on June 13 when his number was retired. Ruth’s body was laid in state at the entrance to Yankee Stadium for the next two days.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: Look at that! A little show of emotion from Greene after striking out Longoria to get out of the first inning. Allowed a leadoff double, but then got a couple of strikeouts and a foul popup.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Chase Headley works a two-out walk, then Martin Prado clobbers a two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch. That’s his second homer with the Yankees, and it’s now a 2-0 game.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: Ryan might have made that play had Headley not crossed in front of him. As it is, it’s a one-out infield single for the Rays here in the third inning. Greene’s had some runners on base, but he’s looked pretty sharp so far.
UPDATE, 5:14 p.m.: Two more strikeouts for Greene. The kid looks good today. He’s struck out Longoria twice, each time to end an inning with a runner on base.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: Ryan singles and is promptly picked off at first base. Not great. But here’s more Greene, who seems to have things pretty much under control so far.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Well that’s just awful. Neither Ryan nor Prado covered second base, and when Headley looked to get the lead runner, there was no one to take his throw. He then went to first, but there was no longer enough time to get the out there. Just a bad situation. Now there are two on with no outs and Kelley is in to face the top of the order.
UPDATE, 6:46 p.m.: Game tied here in the ninth, the Yankees wanted Derek Jeter to sacrifice Brett Gardner to third base. With two strikes, though, the bunt was called off and Jeter singled through the right side for a go-ahead RBI. Robertson, obviously, getting loose in the bullpen. Yankees up 3-2.