Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Brett Gardner CF
Randy Winn LF
RHP Sergio Mitre (0-0, 2.79)
Career vs. Red Sox
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Scott Sizemore 2B
Gerald Laird C
Adam Everett SS
LHP Brad Thomas (1-0, 5.40)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Brian Runge, 3B Jerry Layne
WEATHER: Temperatures could dip down into the 40s in the later innings. There’s little chance of rain, but it’s going to be chilly. And the forecast isn’t very good the rest of the week.
NEW STARTER: Dontrelle Willis was scheduled to start for the Tigers, but he’s sick and will be replaced by Australian lefty Brad Thomas.
NEW EXPERIENCE: Sergio Mitre has faced exactly two of the current Tigers. Adam Everett and Miguel Cabrera each have five at-bats against the Yankees spot starter. Everett has two hits and two strikeouts. Cabrera has one hit and two strikeouts. The Yankees have even less experience against Thomas. Winn is 0-for-2 against him, but none of his teammates have faced the Tigers starter.
HOME RUN WATCH: Alex Rodriguez needs one home run to pass Frank Robinson for sole possession of seventh place on baseball’s career home run list… Jorge Posada needs two home runs to reach 250 for his career… Mark Teixeira needs three home runs to reach 250… Robinson Cano needs four home runs to reach 100.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: We’re underway here in Detroit after a very nice tribute to Ernie Harwell. Girardi said before the game that he was excited about the ceremony. “I want all our guys out here,” he said.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Early 2-0 lead for the Tigers on three straight two-out singles.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: The Yankees put two on with no outs here in the second inning, but the bottom of the order couldn’t drive in either run. It’s still 2-0 Tigers.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: A walk and another single have led to another Detroit run. It’s now 3-0.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Looks like Mark Teixeira is back. Another home run for the Yankees first baseman has cut the lead to 3-2.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: There’s a scoreless inning for Mitre. Hard to know exactly what you’re going to get from him. He wasn’t hit hard those first two innings, but he was hit enough.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: That’s four innings from Mitre on 62 pitches. From where I’m sitting it’s hard to see the Yankees bullpen, but it doesn’t look like anyone is throwing. He might go back out there for a fifth inning, part of a fifth inning anyway.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Is anyone surprised Damon had a big hit against his former team? Damon just went deep, giving Detroit a 4-2 lead. The solo shot has chased Mitre from the game. Robertson is coming in.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: I am 100 percent guessing here — we don’t even know whether Nova ever made it to Detroit — but Girardi might be looking for Robertson to close out this inning so that he can have Nova start an inning, just like he’s been used to doing in the minor leagues.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Gardner never saw that ball. That’s just bad luck.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Robertson pitched around the bad-luck double, and Alex Rodriguez started the top of the sixth by flinching at a pitch that he clearly thought was going to be inside but broke over the plate for a strike. You don’t see that often from a hitter like Rodriguez.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Anyone else really believe Robinson Cano is going to win a Gold Glove this year?
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Here comes Boone Logan. At this point, it seems that Ivan Nova either never showed up or Girardi doesn’t want to use him in a two-run game.
UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Single, single, walk have loaded the bases for the Yankees and Cervelli is in to pinch run for Posada at first base.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Infield single from Marcus Thames has cut the lead to 5-3 and left the bases loaded. Here comes, of all people, Phil Coke.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Coke did his job. A ground out scored a run, but a pop up kept the tying run at third base. Now Ryan Perry is coming into face Jeter with runners at the corners and two outs. One way or another, we’ll be talking about this at-bat tomorrow.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Rarely does an entire press box react as one. The whole place just let out an “Ohhh” as Magglio Ordonez made a sliding catch to end the inning and keep the Tigers in the lead, 5-4.