Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.49)
Sabathia vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan 1B
Milton Bradley DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Josh Wilson SS
Ryan Langerhans LF
Josh Bard C
Michael Saunders CF
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-7, 6.18)
Rowland-Smith vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Joe West, 3B Angel Hernandez
WEATHER: Temperatures are in the 70s, but there a little bit of a breeze that makes it feel a little cooler. Weather.com gives it a 0-percent chance of rain.
EVERYDAY PLAYERS: According to Elias, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano are two of just six players to have started every one of his team’s games this season. Also, Ichiro Suzuki, Michael Young, Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard.
CAPTAIN, OH CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter has gone 14 straight games without an RBI. He last drove in a run on June 12 against Houston. That’s the longest stretch of his career.
A GOOD MONTH: Welcome to July. The Yankees haven’t had a losing month of July since 1993. That’s 17 straight years with a winning record in the month of July. Of course, Elias came up with this stat: It’s the longest July winning streak in major league history. The previous record was held by Pittsburgh, which had a winning record in July for 15 straight years from 1899 to 1913.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Infield single. Double. RBI groundout. Where was that the past two days? Yankees have an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Sabathia pitched out of trouble in the second inning, which is good because the past six Yankees have been retired. Still 1-0.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Nice little play by Ramiro Pena to end the top of the fourth. Sabathia has allowed two hits and stranded each base runner. Still a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: I’m starting to think Robinson Cano is going to have a nice year. Two-out home run into the Yankees bullpen has extended the lead to 2-0.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Hard to believe Sabathia was scuffling a few weeks ago. He’s been absolutely dominant lately. He’s blowing through these hitters like it’s the Mariners lineup!
UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Another scoreless from Sabathia. He’s at 96 pitches through seven innings. He could pitch through the eighth and hand a two-run lead to Rivera in the ninth.
UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Not a good way to lose the lead. A two-out passed ball advanced the base runners to second and third, then Russell Branyan singled in both to tie the game at 2. One earned, one unearned for Sabathia.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez picks up Posada and Sabathia in a big way. That’s a two-run shot to put the Yankees back in front for Mariano Rivera.