Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Colin Curtis RF
RHP A.J. Burnett (7-8, 4.99)
Burnett vs. Royals
Scott Podsednik LF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Wilson Betemit 3B
Alex Gordon RF
Mike Aviles 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
RHP Brian Bannister (7-8, 5.65)
Bannister vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Bill Miller, 1B Mike Reilly, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Eric Cooper
WEATHER: The sky is fairly clear right now, but there’s a good chance of rain around 9 p.m.
IN-HOUSE: Derek Jeter went 14 years between inside-the-park home runs. According to SABR’s David Vincent, three players had a longer stretch. Luke Appling (1933-1949), Nick Altrock (1904-1918) and Tony Fernandez (1984-1998).
SINGLES HITTERS: The Royals have hit for average this season, but they’ve shown little power. The same holds true for their previous encounters with A.J. Burnett. This group of Royals has a .293 career batting average against Burnett, but not one of them has hit a home run and they have just four doubles in 99 at-bats.
POWER HITTERS: Quite the opposite for the Yankees against Brian Bannister. Boosted by Alex Rodriguez’s three career home runs, the Yankees have a combined .803 slugging percentage in their careers against Bannister. Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner have each tripled against him.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Gardner given a double on that play. Took third when Gordon bobbled the ball in right.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: After nearly swinging out of his shoes on a 3-1 pitch, Rodriguez takes a walk in his first plate appearance. It loaded the bases and the crowd booed.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: A-Rod passes the baton and Cano comes up with a three-run double. Quick 3-0 lead for the Yankees. They’ve still made just one out.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Career RBI No. 1,000 for Posada. It’s 4-0 Yankees. Still just one out in the first.
UDPATE, 8:01 p.m.: Fake to third, throw to first. That really works? Apparently on Robinson Cano it does.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Rain delay with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Just checked with the official scorer to make sure. If this game is rained out, it’s a 4-0 Yankees win.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Ok, it’s officially pouring here. Have to hand it to the umps. They seem to have gotten the tarp out just in time. Thunder. Lightning. It’s pretty much the end of days here at Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: The rain has died down, but there is significant water in the outfield. The biggest lake puddle is in left field, but there’s a pretty big one in right too. The warn track is a disaster.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: The tarp is coming off the field. Most of the water is gone. Looks like we’re going to be playing baseball fairly soon.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Still getting some excess water out of right field where they dumped the tarp. Players are slowly starting to trickle into the Yankees dugout, but I haven’t seen anyone getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like we’re close to baseball, but not quite there yet.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Game expected to restart at 9:50 p.m.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Chad Gaudin warming up for the Yankees. Total speculation here, but would the Yankees burn up Gaudin tonight then DFA him for Mitre tomorrow?
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: And we’re back. Here’s Cano vs. Victor Marte.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Big hand clap at second base for Brett Gardner, who just drove in two runs with a base hit to left field. Good slide by Granderson to second from second on the play. It’s 6-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: The entire Royals infield just met on the mound to discuss how to pitch to A-Rod with a runner on first in the seventh inning of a 6-0 game. Just pitch to the guy! Worst case scenario, you end up on SportsCenter.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: RBI single by Posada, 7-0 Yankees. So far two scoreless from Guadin.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Gaudin gave up a run in the top of the eighth, now former Yankees minor leaguer Kanekoa Texeira is coming in to face Jeter and — of course — Teixeira with two on and no outs in the bottom of the inning. As long as there’s no double play or pickoff, Rodriguez will get anther at-bat.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: And there’s a double play by Jeter. The crowd was horrified.