Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Kevin Russo LF
Brett Gardner CF
LHP Andy Pettitte (5-1, 2.68 ERA)
Career vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Justin Morneau 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Brandan Harris 3B
Drew Butera C
LHP Francisco Liriano (4-3, 3.25)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network and ESPN2
UMPIRES: HP Brian O”Nora, 1B Scott Barry, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Chris Guccione
WEATHER: Still the same terrific weather we enjoyed for the first game.
TOUGH MATCHUP: Jim Thome is a career .214 hitter against Andy Pettitte, but every other Twins position player with more than 12 career at-bats against the Yankees has starter has at least a .308 batting average. Delmon Young is a .563 hitter against Pettitte.
ONE IN THE BOOKS: The Yankees already have one win today, getting a 1-0 win in the continuation of last night’s game. Here’s Derek Jeter’s postgame interview, which was pretty hilarious.
UPDATE, 7:03 p.m.: The following moves have been made:
Chad Gaudin signed, added to the major league roster.
Boone Logan optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Shane Lindsay DFA to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
Gaudin is wearing No. 41 and available for tonight’s game.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: The Twins just distributed their lineup and it’s been added to the post. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher has a one-out double in the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Denard Span was called safe on a very close stolen base attempt at third base, and the Twins turned that into a run on Joe Mauer’s RBI single. Twins lead it, 1-0.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Andy Pettitte gets another double play ball to get through the third without allowing another Twins run. Problem is, this Yankees offense hasn’t done much to suggest they can overcome a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Big two-out RBI double by Russo has tied the game at 1. There’s a reason the Yankees are sticking with him in left field the past few days.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Russo’s still figuring out a few things in left field, but he’s athletic enough to get the job done. That catch against the wall was a pretty good one, and shows just how hard it is to get a ball out of this ball park. Jeter really crushed that homer in this afternoon’s continuation.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Two-out single by Russo, two-out triple by Gardner. Just like that, the Yankees have a 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Andy Pettitte keeps rolling. A 1-2-3 sixth inning has the Yankees still on top, 2-1.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: So much for that lead. An RBI double by Delmon Young has tied the game and some bodies are starting to move in the Yankees bullpen. Still no one getting loose, though.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Pinch hitting for Thames, Juan Miranda just smoked a ball to center field, but it died in this park and was caught on the track. Still tied at 2.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: I don’t remember ever seeing Andy Pettitte that pumped up on the field. Huge 3-1 pitch to Mauer to get an inning-ending double play. Wow. Still tied at 2.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Nick Swisher, ladies and gentlemen. First Jeter does it in the first game, now Swisher does it in the second.