Game 57: Yankees vs. Mets
June 8, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
Josh Thole C
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda DH
Daniel Murphy 2B
Scott Hairston RF
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Omar Quintanilla SS
Johan Santana LHP (3-2, 2.38)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Hiroki Kuroda RHP (4-6, 3.82)
WEATHER: It’s shaping up as a beautiful night in the Bronx. Partly cloudy skies as the sun sets and temperatures in the high eighties.
UMPIRES: HP Chris Guccione, 1B Tim Tschida, Mike Muchlinski 2B, Bill Welke 3B.
Information from the Yankees’ media relations department:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series tonight vs. the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium… is their first second opponent of a six-game homestand, after taking two of three games from tampa Bay from Tuesday-Thursday… this series begins an Interleague slate with 15 straight games against the National League… following this series, embark on a six-game road trip to Atlanta (Mon.-Wed) and Washington (Fri-Sun).
Ø Have won 10 of their last 14 games, 11 of their last 18 and are 17-12 in their last 29 contests… have gone 31-22 (.585) since 4/9–the best winning pct. in the AL since that date–after starting the season 0-3.
Ø Are six games over .500, one shy of their season high.
TOUGH OPPOSITION: The Yankees’ opponents in Interleague play in 2012–Cincinnati, the Mets, Atlanta and Washington–features two current division leaders (CIN and WAS) and have a total combined winning percentage of .562 (127-99)… is the highest combined Interleague opponents winning percentage for any AL team this season.
MILITARY APPRECIATION: The Yankees will hold a military appreciation night on Saturday, paying tribute to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the United States Armed Forces… the Black Team of the U.S. Army Golden Knights will parachute into Yankee Stadium… Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch… see press release in the back of the press box for additional information.
Ø RF Nick Swisher will wear a pair of limited edition, military-inspired custom cleats that will be larger auctioned off by Steiner Sports will proceeds benefitting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
METROPOLITAN MASHING: SS Derek Jeter owns a .381 (122-for-320) career batting avg. vs. the Mets, the highest all time among all players with a minimum of 150PA against the Mets (Rico Carty is second at .380, 114-for-300)… has an active 25-game home hitting streak vs. the Mets dating back to 6/28/03, batting .481 (51-for-106) with 26R, 7 doubles, 6HR, 15RBI, 6BB over the span.
Ø Is a career .455 (15-for-33) batter against LHP Johan Santana, tied with Bengie Molina for the second-highest average for any player with at least 30AB against him (Matt Diaz-.514).