Brett Gardner CF
Curtis Granderson LF
Nick Swisher DH
Jorge Posada C
Randy Winn RF
Juan Miranda 1B
Ramiro Pena 2B
Brandon Laird 3B
Eduardo Nunez SS
RHP Sergio Mitre
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Pat Burrell RF
B.J. Upton CF
Hank Blalock 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
RHP Dan Wheeler
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MLB Network
WEATHER: Should be about the same as it was this afternoon in Tampa. Temperatures in the high 60s. Forecast says no chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Toby Basner
ON THE LINE: Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin will be pitching for the right to stay in the fifth starter competition, and they might very well be pitching for the right to stay with the team at all given the Yankees crowded bullpen… Curtis Granderson is getting another turn in left field as the Yankees are still trying to determine how he and Brett Gardner will line up on Opening Day.
ON MY WAY: If everything went as planned, this post should have gone live at 6:40. I had to drive to Port Charlotte after the game in Tampa, so I won’t be able to update with lineups and umpires until I finally get there. If you need that information right away, yankees.com is probably your best bet.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Finally got here in the top of the third inning. Mitre has a no-hitter going, Granderson singled earlier in the game and Gardner just singled up the middle. Dan Wheeler than hit Granderson. As it stands it’s 0-0, two outs in the top of the third, runners at first and second for Swisher.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Make that 1-0 Yankees. Swisher singled to right and Gardner scored from second.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Just got an email saying this game actually is on television. Apparently MLB Network has it, assuming it’s not blacked out. Sorry about that.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Gaudin is getting loose in the pen. Corona is in at third, Curtis is in left. Corona was listed as a shortstop replacement, but there he is at the corner.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: That’s seven strikeouts for Mitre, who has been awesome tonight. He’s facing a legitimate Tampa Bay lineup and he’s allowed two hits. Pretty impressive stuff.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: With two outs in the sixth, Chad Gaudin just broke Carlos Pena’s bat on a ground ball into the shift… but it went for an infield single. That’s just terrible luck. The next guy singled in a run and now it’s 3-2 Rays.