Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Juan Miranda DH
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.40)
Career vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jason Kubel DH
Delmon Young LF
Alexi Casilla SS
Nick Punto 3B
RHP Scott Baker (4-2, 4.57)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Alfonso Marquez, 1B Tim Timmons, 2B Tim Tschida, 3B Bob Davidson
WEATHER: It’s cloudy in the Bronx, but temperatures in the 60s and 70s are going to feel pretty good after some chilly days in Detroit. Very slight chance of rain.
PUT ME IN COACH: Joe Girardi said he wanted to put Marcus Thames in the lineup because of his past success against Scott Baker, and that’s no joke. Thames is a career .308/.333/.769 hitter in 26 at-bats against the Twins starter. He’s homered four times against him.
DOWN UNDER: Newly claimed right-handed reliever Shane Lindsay was born in Melbourne, Australia. The Yankees have had two Aussie-born players: LHP Graeme Lloyd and RHP Mark Hutton.
AROUND THE MOUND: As part of Orlando Hudson’s “Around the Mound Tour,” CC Sabathia and Hudson spoke to approximately 30 kids on the field at 3:30 this afternoon, and the Yankees have donated tickets to the kids for tonight’s game. Hudson’s initiative is aimed at getting more African-American kids involved in baseball.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Can’t help wondering now that A.J. Burnett has walked in a run and still has the bases loaded with no outs in the second inning… Do the Yankees even have a long reliever today? Surely Ivan Nova isn’t available, Alfredo Aceves is hurt, Chan Ho Park is rehabbing and Sergio Mitre is starting on Sunday.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Or maybe it’s not an issue at all. Burnett fields a comebacker to start a 1-2-3 double play. That was huge.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: And Burnett strikes out Hudson to escape with only the one run. That’s an unearned run — because of the A-Rod error — and the Twins have a 1-0 lead that could have been much, much bigger. Nice work by Burnett.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed one hit and struck out two.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Probably not good news for Nick Swisher. He’s out of the game, replaced by Randy Winn in right field.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Instead of the normal baseball pictures during their at-bats, the Yankees are showing the players in full suits on the big scoreboard. Is that new? I didn’t cover many games the last home stand, but this is the first I’ve seen it. It’s pretty cool.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: The suit picture seems to be working for Brett Gardner, who just went deep to tie the game at 1 That’s his second homer of the year. I’ve written this before: I know Gardner is a small guy by athlete standards, but he’s pretty jacked compared to random strangers walking down the street. Not a huge surprise that he can get the ball out of here when he gets hold of one.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: The Yankees pulled into the lead on Robinson Cano’s RBI double, but three straight strikeouts left runners stranded at second and third. The bottom of the lineup has really been hurt by those injuries to Granderson and Johnson.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: As expected, Swisher left tonight’s game with a sore left biceps. He went for what the Yankees are calling a precautionary MRI.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Joe Mauer can hit. That’s all there is to it. His solo homer has tied the game at 2.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: If Brett Gardner were one step slower, the Yankees wouldn’t be leading right now. He hit a two-out single to left, then scored on Mark Teixeira’s double to right, sliding in just ahead of the play at the plate. It’s a 3-2 Yankees advantage, and it’s so far a big game for Gardner.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Teixeira was just thrown out at the plate on a Rodriguez single to left. To be perfectly honest, though, I thought it was the right decision to send him. Good throw from Young got Teixeira by quite a bit, but at the time, I thought it was a good idea to wave him home.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Two straight hits off Damaso Marte have scored two runs and given the Twins a 4-3 lead in the seventh. Not sure why Brett Gardner tried to throw home on the Mauer single — letting Mauer go to second — but I’m also not sure it mattered after Morneau doubled to center.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Derek Jeter goes a week and can hardly buy a hit, then he doubles off the leg of Twins starter Scott Baker. This is a weird, weird game sometimes. The Yankees now have runners at second and third with no outs, and the Twins are going to the bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Twins reliever Matt Guerrier is coming into the game to face Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded, all while the stadium plays a Rodriguez highlight video set to Jay-Z’s On To The Next One. I’m sure that’ s not intimidating.
UPDATE, 9:42 p.m.: That’ll do the trick. Grand slam by by Rodriguez moves him past Frank Robinson on the all-time home run list and gives the Yankees a 7-4 lead.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: The official scorer has ruled that Damaso Marte was ineffective. Joba Chamberlain will be credited with the win if the Yankees hold on.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: There’s the second big league hit of Golson’s career.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Obviously you don’t like Golson getting picked off there, but that guy can really run. He was nearly safe on that play! Juan Miranda followed with a hard-hit double to center field. It would really help the Yankees if they could get something out of Miranda while Granderson and Johnson are on the DL.