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 CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.86 ERA)
Career vs. Indians
Trevor Crowe CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Austin Kearns LF
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Shelley Duncan DH
Mark Grudzielanek 2B
Matt LaPorta 1B
Lou Marson C
Jason Donald SS
LHP David Huff (2-6, 5.25)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP CB Bucknor, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B Kerwin Danley
WEATHER: A few clouds but nothing that looks too threatening. Nice and warm, very slight breeze blowing out to left.
BAD TIMING: Mike Redmond started at catcher for the Indians last night, and so he’s obviously off this afternoon. Might not have been the best planning from Cleveland. Redmond is actually a career .500 hitter against CC Sabathia.
NEW EXPERIENCE: David Huff is making his first career start against the Yankees. The only current Yankee who has ever faced him in the big leagues is Chad Moeller, who’s 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
HOME SWEET HOME: CC Sabathia has yet to lose at home, going 2-0 with a 3.53 ERA at Yankee Stadium this season.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Just a glove wave from Russo during roll call. Just a 1-2-3 inning from Sabathia during the first.
UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Make that six up, six down for Sabathia. Yankees lead 1-0 on a sac fly by Rodriguez.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Terrible moment here at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez just lined a ball off David Huff’s head and into right field. Huff is being carted off the field on a board, but he did just give the crowd a thumbs up as the cart drove away. He’s going to be lifted into an ambulance. It’s tough to hit a ball much harder than Rodriguez did.
UPDATE, 2:07 p.m.: Aaron Laffey is taking over on the mound.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Two-out hits from Mark Grudzielanek and Matt LaPorta have tied the game at 3. The Indians have not announced an update on Huff, but the Associate Press has a photo of him being carted off the field.
UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: One hit, three walks and a hit by pitch have given the Yankees the lead again, 5-3, in the fourth inning. Laffey’s control completely left him this inning.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Make that 7-3 after Robinson Cano’s two-out, two-run double. Cano is legitimately one of the best players in baseball right now.
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: After a walk by Marcus Thames and a two-run single by Francisco Cervelli, the yankees have pushed their lead to 9-3, still in the fourth inning. Kevin Russo singled to start the rally, and now he’s back at the plate.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Huff was taken to New York-Presbyterian for tests, but those results aren’t available yet. He was hit on the left side of his head, just above the ear.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: The CT Scan on Huff was negative. He will remain at New York-Presbyterian “for the next several hours” for additional observation.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Rodriguez picks up another RBI and the lead is up to 10-4.
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Not sure what’s going on with Robertson, but after an RBI single in the sixth, he’s coming out of the game and Sergio Mitre is coming in. Steve Donohue talked to him on the mound, then walked into the dugout with him. There seems to be some sort of injury.
UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: The Yankees have now seen six hitters this inning and used four pitchers. Even the Yankee Stadium fans are booing Girardi for the latest change. Marte replaced Mitre, got one lefty out, now Chamberlain is in.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Well this is a fairly stunning turn of events. Chamberlain has allowed a single, walk and a two-run double to let the Indians pull within 10-9. This game was in the bag two innings ago. Oh, and Chamberlain was ahead 0-2 before the double.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Now the boos are really coming down. A two-run double by No. 9 hitter Jason Donald has put the Indians in the lead 11-10. This is a season-high in runs scored by the Indians.
UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: Unreal. Chamberlain just allowed an RBI single. He’s now faced five batters without recording a single out.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Robertson left with a mild lower back strain.