Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Juan Miranda 1B
Randy Winn LF
Greg Golson RF
CC Sabathia LHP (4-1, 3.04)
Career vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Gerald Laird C
Scott Sizemore 2B
Adam Everett SS
RHP Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.50)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Brian Runge
WEATHER: Right now it doesn’t look too bad. The tarp is off the field and the sky looks promising, but the radar looks kind of ugly.
GOOD DAY TO MISS: None of the current Yankees has more at-bats against Verlander than Nick Swisher, who’s hit just .184 with 13 strikeouts in 38 at-bats against the hard-throwing Tigers starter. Swisher does have three home runs off him. Derek Jeter, on the other hand, has no home runs but he does have a .400 average against Verlander.
DOUBLE DIP: Yesterday was the first time since September 24, 1976 that the Yankees played a doubleheader in which both games were shutouts. The previous double shutout was also in Detroit.
A GOOD SIGN: Phil Hughes is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA. According to Elias, the last time a Yankees pitcher had at least five wins and a sub-1.50 ERA through six starts was 1958, when Bob Turley went 6-0 with a 0.83 ERA and went on to win the Cy Young.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Pretty much the entire Yankees beat is sick right now, so we’ve all been coughing and sneezing through the first inning and a half here in Detroit. The Yankees have put some runners on but haven’t been able to break through against Verlander. Sabathia is out for his second inning or work, still a scoreless game.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Bad luck there for Sabathia. Gerald Laird checked his swing, but still made just enough contact to send the ball just over the infield and into right for an RBI single.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: The Yankees have not looked good against Verlander. They look like they want to get out of here as quickly as possible.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Miguel Cabrera’s eighth homer of the season has given the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Sabathia hasn’t looked bad, but Verlander’s been good enough that a two-run lead seems pretty significant.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Sabathia looks like he can’t believe it. Boesch just made it back-to-back homers and a 3-0 lead. Boesch has been pretty impressive.
UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: It takes a lot to knock Jeter out of a game, but I thought that might have done it. Taking a pitch from Justin Verlander to either the hand or wrist can’t be a good thing, but Jeter stayed in there.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Posada doubled to center, but that two-out hit went nowhere when Miranda popped up to strand the runner. Verlander is cruising.
UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: Two-run double by Cabrera, a 5-0 lead for the Tigers and still no outs in the sixth. Yankees might have to hope the seventh inning is the last for Verlander, then try to score some runs off this hard-throwing bullpen.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Long and rough inning for Sabathia has extended the Tigers lead to 6-0. Verlander is still on the mound, and Tigers have already decided to take Boesch’s bat out of the lineup in favor of Don Kelly’s defense in left.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Verlander is out with two on and two out in the seventh, and in comes another hard-throwing right-hander, Joel Zumaya. These Tigers are able to just keep rolling out upper-90s pitchers.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Zumaya’s five pitches to close out the seventh: 101 mph, 100 mph, 101, mph, 101 mph, 102 mph
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Might be a case of saving bullets. Sabathia is out after 79 pitches — 55 strikes — and Ivan Nova is in to make his major league debut in the bottom of the seventh.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Pretty nice play by Don Kelly to end the eighth, but the bigger issue is that the Yankees haven’t done much of anything offensively this series. Take away that ninth inning yesterday and they’ve been pretty awful.