Game 120: Yankees at Royals • 08.16.11
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Ivan Nova (11-4, 3.85)
Nova vs. Royals
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
LHP Danny Duffy (3-6. 4.97)
Duffy vs. Yankees (debut vs. Yankees)
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Much, much better than yesterday. A lot of wind blowing right to left, but the sky is blue.
UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Dan DeMuth, 3B Kerwin Danley
ALL I DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN: Ivan Nova’s 11 wins are the most among Major League rookies. He is the 10th Yankees rookie to record at least 11 wins in a season since 1950, and first since Orlando Hernandez went 12-4 in 1998.
BETTER THAN LAST YEAR: According to Elias, the Yankees are 13-4 this year in games in which they have been opposed by a starting pitcher who was facing them for the first time in his career. They’ve won their last eight such games and 11 of their last 12. The Yankees were 5-9 in those games during the 2010 season.
OLDER AT THE CORNER: Third Base Coach Rob Thomson is celebrating his 48th birthday today.
UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Nova made it look pretty easy through the first two hitters, but the next two singled and doubled and now it’s a 1-0 Royals lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: And there’s an RBI single by Francoeur. It’s now 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Rodriguez is finished for the night. He went 1-for-3 and played six innings in the field.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Duffy’s a little wild this inning, and the Yankees have taken advantage with an RBI single by Cano.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Two-run single by Martin and the Yankees are in front 3-2 in the middle of the third.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Don’t see a lot of triples to left-center, but Escobar can move and Gardner picked the wrong angle to cutoff the ball. Royals have the tying run at third with no outs in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: The triple came around to score, then Melky Cabrera went deep and now the Royals have another runner at second base with one out. It’s a 4-3 Kansas City lead, and Nova doesn’t look especially sharp.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Make that 5-3 Kansas City. By the way, Melky Cabrera has tied his career high with 73 RBI.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: After a tremendous at-bat, Robinson Cano just crushed a home run to right-center. Melky Cabrera took maybe a step and a half before freezing in his tracks to watch it fly. It’s now an 8-5 Yankees lead.
Also, the Yankees have claimed LHP Raul Valdes from the Cardinals. He’ll report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jeff Marquez has been moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man.
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Rough night for Nova. He’s out after 5.1 innings, having allowed seven runs on nine hits. The Yankees lead is down to 8-7, and it’s intact only because Boone Logan stranded a runner in the sixth.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: Derek Jeter stays hot with an RBI single and the Yankees lead is up to 9-7 in the seventh.