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The Yankees had a chance to clinch of the series and a winning homestand last night, but they were unable to come through despite the best efforts of the offense. Today’s rubber game pretty much determines if this is a good homestand or a bad one, and the Yankees could definitely use a good one given the nightmare West Coast trip they just returned from. Just find a way to win, there are no style points. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander Derek Holland:
- CF Ichiro Suzuki
- SS Jayson Nix
- DH Robinson Cano
- RF Vernon Wells
- LF Zoilo Almonte
- 1B Lyle Overbay
- 2B David Adams
- 3B Alberto Gonzalez
- C Austin Romine
And on the mound is the 2007 Kevin Lawn Award winners, right-hander Phil Hughes. That award is given annually to the best pitcher in the Yankees’ farm system.
The weather is pretty great in New York, though it is hot with some humidity. No clouds or threat of rain, however. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.
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Chat: Today’s chat starts at 1pm ET, so join in.
The Yankees are out on the West Coast, which means tonight’s game doesn’t start until 10pm ET. We’ll have a regular game thread when the time comes, but for now use this as your open thread. The Mets are playing the Nationals (Marcum vs. Gio), plus you’ve got NBA and NHL playoff action. Oh, and the 2013 MLB draft starts at 7pm ET, so that’s cool. I’ll have a liveblog up in a few minutes. Talk about any of that stuff and more here. Enjoy.