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
RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 5.40)
Career vs. Rays
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Pat Burrell DH
Dioner Navarro C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
RHP James Shields (0-0, 4.50)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:40 p.m./YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: Tampa, you’re something sort of dome-ish.
UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Vic Carapazza, 2B James Hoye, 3B Wally Bell
LAZY SUNDAY: No sense in a pregame notes post considering there really are no pregame notes. There was absolutely nothing going on here this morning, just some more talk about CC Sabathia’s start last night and a lot of talk about finally going home. The coaches. The players. The writers. We’ve all seen plenty of Tampa. The team is flying to New York after the game.
WHEN WINN? Still no Randy Winn in the lineup, but Joe Girardi said he’s trying to decide when to give him a start. “It started looking at that today,” Girardi said. “But I only looked for about two minutes.”
RANDOM NEAR-NO-HIT NOTES: According to Elias, CC Sabathia was the first pitcher to lose a no-hitter in the eighth inning or later on a hit by a former battery-mate since Nolan Ryan on September 30, 1989. On that day, Brian Downing singled with one out in the eighth. Downing had caught Ryan 10 years earlier… Two hits tied for the fewest the Yankees had ever allowed against the Rays… It was the Yankees 16th shutout against the Rays.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today is Mark Teixeira’s 30th birthday.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Here’s the Girardi pregame audio. A lot of CC Sabathia talk, but there was also a discussion — some of it with media relations director Jason Zillo — about Tuesday’s pregame ceremonies. No one seems to know whether Hideki Matsui will get his ring during the ceremony. He’ll definitely get one, just not sure he’ll get one on the field Tuesday.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Play of the game just happened in the second deck behind home plate. A guy caught a foul ball with his right hand while holding a baby with his left. Very impressive. Better than the Zobrist catch.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Burnett just doesn’t look sharp today. I realize that’s not groundbreaking analysis, but it’s the truth. Things have not started well, and I can’t really understand Zobrist bunting after the first two batters singled.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: That inning could have spiraled out of control, but Burnett did an OK job of limiting the damage. I kind of thought that inning might get real ugly.
UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: When he’s on, James Shields is pretty darn good. And he’s been pretty darn good so far today.
UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: Posada fouled off four pitches before taking that walk. Brought Granderson back to the plate with runners at first and second in the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: With that Longoria pop up, Burnett has retired the past nine batters. He’s turned it around after that shaky start… Make that 10 straight with the Pena grounder.
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Didn’t look like the best call on the Gardner strikeout. Gardner was not especially pleased.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Not the best birthday for Teixeira. Three at-bats, three strikeouts.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Pat Burrell got a hit and still managed to be a liability to the Rays.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Not the best route, but Granderson made the play. Two putouts and an assist for him that inning.
UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Here comes the lefty Choate to face Posada and Granderson. Shields was plenty effective, but he had already thrown 101 pitches.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: And just like that, the Yankees have the lead. Good thing Posada was catching this game, huh?
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Singled off a lefty, stole second base, took third on Swishers slow roller and scored on a wild pitch. Granderson manufactured that run all by himself.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: From my seat in the press box, it’s impossible to see the part of the catwalk in question. The Yankees are saying the Longoria popup hit a catwalk in foul territory and bounced into play. The rules here at Tropicana Field are that the second catwalk — the one the ball might have hit — is in play and a ball that hits it is in play. Not sure whether that rule changes if the moment of impact occurs in foul territory.
UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: After that Rodriguez two-run double, Cano very nearly got the ball out of the ball park. Nice running catch by Crawford. He really covers a ton of ground out there.
UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: No one argued it, but that was clearly a catch by Granderson.