Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.13)
Sabathia vs. Royals
Scott Podsednik LF
Jason Kendall C
David DeJesus CF
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mike Aviles 2B
Willie Bloomquist RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
LHP Bruce Chen (5-3, 4.06)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Bill Miller, 2B Mike Reilly, 3B Chad Fairchild
WEATHER: Nothing but sunshine right now. Temperatures are still in the 80s, but for whatever reason it feels a little cooler than it did on Tuesday night. Very light breeze blowing out.
ON THE CHEN: Mark Teixeira has seven career hits against Royals starter Bruce Chen. Six of those have been home runs. That’s good for a 2.364 slugging percentage. Derek Jeter is a career .393/.433/679 hitter in 28 at-bats against Chen. That includes two solo home runs.
THE YOUNG GUYS: Juan Miranda and Colin Curtis each hit home runs in the seventh inning yesterday. According to Elias, it was the first time two Yankees rookie hit a home run in the same inning since Sammy Byrd and Lyn Lary in 1929.
BIG INNING: Those two home runs gave the Yankees four runs in yesterday’s seventh. The team has scored at least four runs in an inning 33 times this season, the most four-run innings in the major leagues this season.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: It’s kind of hard to see in my camera phone picture, but the Yankees unveiled a huge George Steinbrenner banner in right field. It’s underneath the Hess and Budweiser signs above the home bullpen.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Sabathia has never pitched well ever since that banner was unveiled. He just allowed back-to-back two-out hits to give the Royals a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Make that 2-0 on a two-out single by — of all people — Wilson Betemit. Good job by Brett Gardner, making a strong throw to second to get Betemit trying to stretch the hit into a double.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Nearly another Bruce Chen home run for Mark Teixeira. Instead he doubled and Alex Rodriguez followed with a two-run double to cut the lead to 2-2.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: And Sabathia gives the lead back to the Royals on three straight hits in the second. This Royals offense does one thing well — singles — and they’ve done that tonight for a 3-2 lead.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: That’s the second inside-the-park home run of Jeter’s career, his first since 1996 in Kansas City, when he drove in — of all people — Joe Girardi.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Whoa. What a throw by Brett Gardner to get Butler at the plate. That’s two outfield assists for Gardner. and the game’s still tied.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Sprained thumb for DeJesus. He’s not going to play the rest of this series.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: RBI double by Posada gives the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Forgot to update when the Yankees made it 5-3, and that’s important now that I’ve seen one of the more bizarre sequences of the year.
After a one-out double, Sabathia was called for a balk that he disagreed with. That sent the runner to third, and on a strikeout-wild pitch, the runner got far enough off third base that Posada threw to third instead of first. The throw was bad, the runner scored and the batter got to second base on a strikeout. It’s now 5-4. What an odd day.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: After back-to-back walks, Sabathia is out of the game with one out in the seventh. It’s the first time he hasn’t pitched through the seventh inning since May 29.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: There’s No. 599 for Rodriguez. Yankees in front 6-4.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Umpires. Not always right.