Game 69: Yankees at Cubs • 06.18.11
Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
A.J. Burnett RHP
RHP A.J. Burnett (6-5, 4.09)
Burnett vs. Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome RF
Starlin Castro SS
Blake DeWitt 2B
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Reed Johnson CF
Alfonso Soriano LF
Geovany Soto C
Ryan Dempster RHP
RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 5.48)
Dempster vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: More or less the exact same as yesterday, except maybe a little more sunshine. A nice day with the wind blowing in.
UMPIRES: HP Sam Holbrook, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Greg Gibson
HUGHES REHAB: Phil Hughes is schedule to make a rehab start on Sunday for short-season Staten Island. The game will be at Brooklyn. On Tuesday he threw 49 pitches in an extended spring training intrasquad game.
STILL A RELIEF: The Yankees bullpen has gone through a series of injuries, but the team still has the lower bullpen ERA in the American League (2.84) and the third lowest in the Majors behind San Diego (2.46) and Atlanta (2.57).
ON THIS DATE: On June 18, 2005, Derek Jeter hit the only grand slam of his Major League career. It came off the Cubs’ Joe Borowski in an 8-1 Yankees win at Yankee Stadium. Jeter had previous hit 156 career homers, the most by any active player and any Yankee before finally hitting a grand slam.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Wasted opportunity for the Yankees in the top of the first. Burnett stranded a runner in the bottom half.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: There’s some production from the big hitters in this lineup. RBI double by Cano. Deep sac fly by Swisher. Granderson and Rodriguez have scored for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the third.
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Granderson has reached base three times already.
UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: The Yankees are pretty familiar with Carlos Pena. This two-run homer in the fourth has tied the game at 2.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Huge double play for Burnett to get out of the fifth inning. Still tied at two.
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: Leadoff single by Nunez has led to a run and a Yankees lead. Sac bunt, runner-advancing single and a sac fly have put the Yankees in front 3-2 in the sixth.
UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: Obviously Jeter’s range is bad, but is there any chance he would have botched that DP ball? Any chance at all?
UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: Wow. Wade got the ground ball he needed, but Cano did exactly what Nunez did, he tried to throw the ball before he caught the ball.
UPDATE, 6:46 p.m.: Wow. Again. On target throw by Gardner, nice job by Martin to hold on through a big collision.
UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: Here’s Hector Noesi. New seventh-inning guy?