LHP Vidal Nuno (0-0, 14.54)
Nuno vs. Rays
Sean Rodriguez LF
Ben Zobrist DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Brandon Guyer CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C
LHP Cesar Ramos (0-1, 7.50)
Ramos vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:40 p.m. ET, YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: One more game inside.
UMPIRES: HP Clint Fagan, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Joe West, 3B Marty Foster
CAPTAIN ON THE BASES: Derek Jeter has reached base safely in each of his 12 games this season. This matches his third-longest streak of reaching base safely to start a season (he also reached in his first 12 games of 1996). In 2007, Jeter reached base in each of his first 35 games. In 1999, he reached in his first 53 games.
STARTING AGAIN: Vidal Nuno is making his first major-league start since May 30, 2013 when the Yankees lost 3-1 against the Mets (Nuno went six inning, three hits, two runs). He is 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three career starts; 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in five career relief appearances.
ON THIS DATE: Seems fitting with the Yankees about to head to Boston… On April 20, 1939 the Yankees beat Boston 2-0 on Opening Day at Fenway Park. Ailing Lou Gehrig went 0-for-4 in his final Fenway appearance. Ted Williams went 1-for-4 in his Major League debut. It was the only game to feature both players.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Check out Vidal Nuno. The guy has worked through the lineup once with absolutely no problem. He’s working fast and he’s pitching well. No Rays hits through the first three innings. Still a scoreless game.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Give credit to Brett Gardner, who didn’t stop running as he rounded second base. And give credit to Rob Thomson, who told Gardner to keep going and score on the play. The Yankees played it as if this thing could be overturned, now the question is whether the umpires are going to give Gardner the home run or the triple.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: They’re only giving Gardner a double. I think that’s nonsense. Myers caught the ball off the wall and never threw it into the infield. Should be a home run, in my mind. Anyway, it’s officially an RBI double and a 1-0 Yankees lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Getting the call on that Longoria swing was huge. Nuno gets a strikeout there, then a groundball out up the middle to escape trouble in the fourth inning and keep the 1-0 lead intact.
UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Nuno has made a pretty compelling case for another start next turn through the rotation. Meanwhile, Solarte has hit two balls awfully hard today with nothing to show for it.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Five scoreless innings on 69 pitches for Nuno. He was awfully good. Now it’s David Phelps out of the bullpen trying to keep a 1-0 lead intact.
UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Roberts error trying to hurry the play at second base has cost the Yankees here in the seventh. A sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Matt Joyce has tied the game at 1. Roberts was trying to turn two, but the umpire ruled that he never had control of the ball (and didn’t simply drop it on the transfer) meaning the runner at second was safe. That runner is the one who eventually scored.