Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
A.J. Burnett RHP
RHP A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.83)
Burnett vs. Dodgers
Rafael Furcal SS
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
James Loney 1B
Casey Blake 3B
Russell Martin C
Blake Dewitt 2B
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 3.06)
Kuroda vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / FOX
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Crawford, 1B Chris Guccione, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Phil Cuzzi
WEATHER: What do you know? Another beautiful day in L.A.
GOT ANY ADVICE? The Yankees have a total of five career at-bats against Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda. All five were by Mark Teixeira, who has a single, a double, a walk, a strikeout and an RBI against him.
BIRTHDAY BOY: As you know, today is Derek Jeter’s 36th birthday. Since 1961, the only players to accumulate more hits than Jeter’s 2,834 before their 36th birthday are Hank Aaron (2,956) and Robin Yount (2,868). That’s according to Elias. Who else would know that? Jeter has hit pretty well on his birthday. He’s never homered, but he’s 13-for-40 with six runs, two doubles, three RBI and six walks in 10 games on June 26. He hasn’t played on his birthday since 2007, when he went 2-for-4 in Baltimore.
HUG IT OUT: The cast of Entourage is here, I guess to throw out the first pitch in anticipation of their season debut. Kevin Connolly – the guy who plays Eric — was shaking hands with a ton of the Yankees as they came off the field after BP.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Walk, walk, home run. That’s an easy way to take a 3-0 lead. Mark Teixeira went deep and the Yankees are in front before A.J. Burnett even goes to the mound.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: If this is going to be the game when Burnett turns the corner, he’s going to have to do it a little later. That first inning was more of the same, two runs for the Dodgers to cut the lead to 3-2.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Not a good throw by the kid from Sikeston, Mo. Blake DeWitt threw the ball away trying to turn two, and the Yankees got a run out of it. That makes it 4-2 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: My guess is Burnett is facing his final batter. He’s already allowed two runs this inning, now the bases are loaded again, still with no outs. He’ll pitch to Russell Martin, but lefty Boone Logan is getting loose in the bullpen and lefty Blake DeWitt is on deck.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: A double play seems to have bought Burnett more time. It left first base open for an intentional walk to DeWitt. He’ll now face the pitcher Kuroda with two outs and runners at the corners. Dodgers are up, 5-4.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Chad Moeller has cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Girardi chose to keep Burnett in the game, letting him hit for himself with runners at the corners and one out in the top of the fourth. Burnett got down a sac bunt, that squandered the chance at a game-tying sac fly, and it did no good for the pitching staff as Burnett stayed in to face two batters without getting an out in the bottom half. Just a bad move all the way around. Boone Logan is in now.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Good at-bat by Nick Swisher, but it went for nothing when he grounded to first. Logan let two runners score in the bottom of the fourth and it’s now 7-4. This game might not be over in time for tomorrow night’s game to start on time.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Interesting. With a lefty on the mound, Girardi is pinch hitting Jorge Posada for Curtis Granderson. My guess is Curtis will stay in to play left field, Gardner will slide to center and the new pitcher — probably Park — will bat second in the lineup.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Posada flied out, stranding the runners at first and second. Gardner is moving to center, Curtis to left, Park pitching. And the crowd is booing as Park’s introduced.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: The Dodgers are going to closer Jonathan Broxton for four outs, calling on him to face Jeter with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth. The Yankees bullpen has not been able to keep this thing close and it’s now a 9-4 Dodgers lead.