Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP Andy Pettitte
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Ryan Raburn 2B
Carlos Guillen LF
Brent Dlugach 3B
Jeff Larish 1B
Alex Avila C
Ramon Santiago SS
RHP Max Scherzer
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network
WEATHER: So far so good. It’s cloudy and there’s a chance of rain, but the tarp is off the field and there’s at least a solid chance of playing the full nine innings.
UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Mark Wegner, 3B Marty Foster
ON THE LINE: With that Yankees lineup and that Yankees starter, I don’t think any major roster decisions are going to be made based on this game. One of the lefty relievers could get in the game, and Marcus Thames might get another at-bat, but there’s no overwhelming issue that stands out.
UPDATE, 12:49 p.m.: If you haven’t heard it yet, here’s the Billy Eppler interview that started making news late this morning. The Joba Chamberlain stuff begins around the 5 minute mark.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Richard Gere was just sent to the plate to exchange the lineup cards. Apparently that’s why he was in full uniform.
UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: Damaso Marte is starting for the Yankees. I assume that’s because of the rain that might be coming. Or, as one of the other writers just said, “Joba must be really (upset) now.”
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: The Tigers have also changed their starter. It will be lefty Jon Kibler.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: Big cheer for Johnny Damon’s first at-bat. He stepped out of the box to tip his hat a few times… then he singled up the middle.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Mariano Rivera now getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like he’s the next guy in the game.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Single, walk, walk to load the bases. Rodriguez then singled to left to score two and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the first. Still no outs and Robinson Cano at the plate.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Cano with a two-run double. For those of you scoring at home, that’s a hit with a runner in scoring position. It’s 4-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Jon Kibler, thanks for coming. He got Jorge Posada, but he’s out of the game after four runs and only one out. Robbie Weinhardt is on with runners at first and second and Nick Swisher at the plate.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Nice bit of base running by Cano. He broke for home on a bases-loaded, fly ball from Brett Gardner. He kept his eye on the throw, and when he saw it was off line, Cano kept going and was safe at the plate. It’s 5-0 Yankees with Jeter back at the plate.
UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Three trips to the mound in the first inning for the Tigers. Jeter has walked, bases are loaded (again) and now Weinhardt is having a conversation that probably went something like this, “Please just throw strikes. Lots and lots of strikes.”
UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: A walk RBI for Nick Johnson. I think Jim Leyland’s head just exploded.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Mark Teixeira flied out to center. The first inning is over with a 6-0 Yankees lead. It rained for a little while but it seems to have stopped. Mariano Rivera is in to pitch the second.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Has TV explained that last play? Best we can tell in the press box, the umpire made a mistake and ruled that the ball was caught. The crew then decided to admit the mistake and put runners at first and second. Oh spring training. Such fun.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: We’re in a rain delay. Looked like Leyland simply pulled his players off the field. I didn’t see the umpires make a decision until the players were already in the dugout.
UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: Nothing to report here. It’s still raining and the tarp is still on the field. I’ll be surprised if they finish the game, mostly because I can’t imagine the Yankees sending Pettitte or the Tigers sending Scherzer back to the mound.