Game 54: Yankees vs. Rays
June 5, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Hideki Matsui RF
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Luke Scott DH
Jose Molina C
Elliot Johnson SS
RHP James Shields (6-3, 3.95)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
LHP Andy Pettitte (2-2, 3.49)
WEATHER: Bring a jacket or some hot chocolate. It’s chilly. First pitch was at 62 degrees; it’s cloudy.
UMPIRES: HP Dana DeMuth, 1B Alan Porter, 2B Paul Nauert, 3B Doug Eddings
Information from the Yankees’ media relations department:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will begin a three-game series tonight vs. the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium… is their first opponent of a six-game homestand… following this series, begin an Interleague slate with 15 straight games against the National League… just completed a nine-game road trip–their longest prior to the All-Star break–going 6-3 after sweeping the A’s, going 1-2 at the Angels and taking two of three at Detroit over the weekend.
– Have won eight of their last 11 games, nine of their last 15 and are 15-11 in their last 26 contests… have gone 29-21 since 4/9, after starting the season 0-3.
– Are a season-high-tying five games over .500 for the fifth time this season.
– Are 6-0 this season in games immediately following days in which they didn’t play (credit: Elias).
VS. TAMPA BAY: SS Derek Jeter owns the most games (231), hits (289) and runs (175) all time against the Tampa Bay franchise… his 53 doubles are second most behind David Ortiz (54) while his 118RBI ranks fourth… 3B Alex Rodriguez has hit 46 home runs in his career off Rays pitching, most all time… 2B Robinson Cano owns a .403 (25-for-62) average against tonight’s starter James Shields, the highest for any player with at least 50AB off the pitcher and Cano’s highest mark off any opposing pitcher (min. 50AB).
MUSEUM QUALITY: Opening today at the New York Yankees Museum, presented by Bank of America, is “Mickey Mantle: The Life and Legacy of a Baseball Hero”… the exhibit features relics such as: Mantle’s 1956 A.L. Most Valuable Player Award, his 1962 glove, Mantle’s first Yankees contract, signed in 1949 and baseball cards from each of Mantle’s 18 seasons with the Yankees.
HEADLOCKED: Seven members of the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team going to the London Games in July will be at tonight’s game as guests of the club, and will be on the field during batting practice… the team will wrestle Russia live in Times Square Thursday night at 6:00 p.m… the event is free and open to the public… New Jersey-native and NCAA champion Jordan Burroughs will be in attendance, along with head coach Zeke Jones.
ACING THE TEST: The Yankees defeated Justin Verlander on Sunday, the second time they have defeated the Tigers this season when he has started (also 4/27)…marks the first time the Yankees have won two games in the same season against a reigning Cy Young Award winner since going 2-1 vs. Barry Zito in 2003… have scored at least 5R in a game twice in the same season against the reigning Cy Young Award winner for the first time since doing so against Toronto’s Pat Hentgen in 1997.