Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
CC Sabathia LHP (0-0, 8.44)
Career vs. Rays
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
B.J. Upton CF
Willy Aybar 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Gabe Kapler RF
RHP Wade Davis (2-2, 3.72 in 2009)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:10 p.m./FOX
WEATHER: Room temperature.
UMPIRES: HP Wally Bell, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B Vic Carapazza, 3B James Hoye
INTO THE DEEP IN: Wade Davis is a 24-year-old who had pretty good numbers last season, but the Yankees have hardly faced him. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are each 2-for-3 against Davis, but Francisco Cervelli, Brett Gardner and Nick Johnson have never faced him in the big leagues (I’m guessing Gardner probably did in the minors). The Yankees lineup has a total of 15 at-bats against him.
ON THE MARK: If Mark Teixeira doesn’t get a hit in his first at-bat, he will set a personal record for the longest hitless streak to start a season. He’s currently 0-for-16, matching the way he started his rookie season. He’s never opened 0-for-17.
ONE AWAY: Alex Rodriguez has 999 hits as a Yankee. With one more he’ll become the 39th player to reach 1,000 in pinstripes. The last to do so was Jorge Posada in 2005. Rodriguez had 966 hits with Seattle and 569 with Texas.
ONE AWAY (AGAIN): Rodriguez needs one home run to move into sole possession of eighth place on baseball’s career home run list. He’s currently tied with Mark McGwire at 583 career homers.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: According to the Associated Press, Phil Hughes allowed one run and six hits through six innings this morning. He struck out six and threw 56 of 84 pitches for strikes. Gary Sanchez, one of the team’s premier low-level catching prospects, had two of the hits. Slade Heathcott also played in the game.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Might have been a single for Mark Teixeira. Instead it was hit right into the shift for the second baseman to catch on the fly. Officially the worst start of his career at 0-for-17.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Single to left for Rodriguez’s 1,000th hit with the Yankees… He was then caught stealing second.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: How many times and how many ways can Francisco Cervelli get hit in the head this year? By the way, great job to work a walk there.
UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: How’s Cano looking in the No. 5 hole? His two-run homer has the Yankees on top 2-0.
UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: The Yankees continue to get nice production out of the bottom of the lineup. Single by Gardner and sac bunt by Cervelli setup the RBI base hit for Jeter.
UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: Took him one more at-bat than in his rookie season, but Teixeira just broke out of his hitless slump with an RBI double. Gutsy move by Rob Thomson to send Jeter, especially with Rodriguez coming to the plate, but it paid off. It’s 4-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: Cervelli was at least halfway to the dugout and still pumping his fist after the Burrell strikeout.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Granderson seemed uncertain what he wanted to do in that situation. When Shoppach shifted, Granderson was in a bad spot. That was a nasty spill.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Teixeira with a great, great play.
UPDATE, 5:33 p.m.: Chan Ho Park is getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. You do not want to see Park enter this game, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. We can talk about why after the game.
UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez’s arm doesn’t get talked about enough. Talk about that right now. There’s nothing else that should be talked about!
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: Gazooooo!
UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: Are you (freaking) kidding me! What a play by Cano.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: There goes the no-hitter on an 0-1 pitch to Kelly Shoppach. The Yankees infield was already on the mound before Girardi could get there to take Sabathia out of the game, and Jorge Posada was the first player to greet him when he got to the dugout. What a game for Sabathia and the Yankees infield defense.