Update, 1:15: Effective first inning for Andy Pettitte with a strikeout, two foul outs and just an infield hit allowed.
Update, 1:22: A-Rod has not had a good first two months in the homer department, with just six entering today’s game. But his RBI single here in the first gives him 36 RBI, second on the team to Robinson Cano’s 37.
Update, 1:28: The 2-1 pitch from Pettitte to Jhonny Peralta didn’t look in a bad spot, but the third baseman went down and got it and sent it the other way to the right-center seats to tie the game here in the second. It was his 100th career homer.
Update, 1:34: C.B. Bucknor just blew that call at second on what would have been an inning-ending double play. On the replay, Robinson Cano clearly had his foot on the bag when catching A-Rod’s and then relayed to first. But Pettitte got out of trouble.
Update, 2:12: Pettitte has given up just a run and four hits in his four innings. Now we’ll see if the Yankees can get anything going against Mitch Talbot, who has allowed a run and four hits in his three innings.
Update, 2:24: Nick Swisher led off this inning with a double, making this best month of his career in hits. That was No. 33. Brett Gardner just singled him home with two outs for the 2-1 lead.
Update, 2:33: That’s eight in a row set down by Pettitte, 2-1 heading for the last of the fifth. Pettitte came into this 10th start with a 2.62 ERA, the best of his career through nine starts.
Update, 2:42: Talbot has now hit both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. But the rookie has now stranded six baserunners. This Indians series has been tougher than it figured to be. So it’s 2-1 heading for the sixth.
Update, 2:59: That’s 14 in a row put down by Pettitte. Still 2-1 heading for the last of the seventh.
Update, 3:09: Brett Gardner just got thrown out stealing for the second time. The stolen bases have been harder to come for a while now. Gardner just snapped a streak of 13 without one on Sunday.
Update, 3:12: Something’s up with The Captain. Jeter just came out of the game for a pinch runner after grounding a single into center. He was hit by a pitch in the left hamstring in the second and also had a slide into second on a failed double-play try in the fifth. Talbot is also out and Rafael Perez is on the mound.
Update, 3:17: OK, we got the announcement. Jeter left the game with tightness in his left hamstring.
Update, 3:23: Well, this one appears to be broken open. Rodriguez’s grand slam off Chris Perez here in the seventh sailed over the center-field fence for a 6-1 lead. It was his 20th career slam, passing Eddie Murray for sole possession of third on the all-time list. Only Lou Gehrig (23) and Manny Ramirez (21) stand in front of A-Rod. Robinson Cano made it back-to-back homers. His 11th made it a six-run lead and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Update, 4:16: Yankees win, 11-2. A-Rod finished with six RBI. The Yankees took three of four and outscored the Indians 37-20.