Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Javy Vazquez (8-7, 4.68)
Vazquez vs. Indians
Michael Brantley CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Carlos Santana C
Travis Hafner DH
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Matt LaPorta 1B
Trevor Crowe LF
Jason Donald 2B
RHP Jake Westbrook (6-6, 4.74)
Westbrook vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wagner, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Jerry Meals
WEATHER: Mid-70s. More or less no chance of rain. Not a bad night in Cleveland.
SIX HUNDRED: Alex Rodriguez is one away from his 600th career home run. You might have heard about it. He’s 6-for-13 with two doubles and four RBI single hitting No. 599.
BACK ON THE ROAD: This is the Yankees first road trip since the all-star break. As it stands they are 28-19 away from Yankee Stadium, the second-best road winning percentage in the Majors behind Tampa Bay (33-18). The Yankees are tied with San Diego and San Francisco for the second-most road wins this season. The Yankees have won 10 of their past 12 road games.
ONE THAT GOT AWAY: For the most part, the Yankees have had pretty good success against Jake Westbrook. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have the most career at-bats against him — most of anyone on the Yankees roster — and both are better than .300 hitters. The exception is Nick Swisher, who is only 2-for-23 with seven strikeouts and no walks. That’s a .087 average and on-base percentage.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Pretty nice cheer for Rodriguez. A lot of Yankees fans in the house hoping to see No. 600.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: I’ve heard Butch Wynegar say far too many great things about Travis Hafner to possibly be surprised when Hafner goes deep. His solo shot off Vazquez has given the Indians a 1-0 lead in the second inning. It was Hafner’s ninth of the season.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Nick Swisher’s 18th home run has tied the game at 1. It was the Yankees first hit of the game after 10 straight were retired by Jake Westbrook.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Mark Teixeira saw that ball hit the ground before it went into Trevor Crowe’s glove. The umpires, it seems, did not. Seeing it live, I was pretty sure it dropped. Seeing a replay, there can be no doubt. That should have been a single, not a double play.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Close play at second. Granderson is called out, but he looked safe on a bang-bang play. That’s a more difficult call than the one in left field, but it still seems like the second bad call against the Yankees tonight.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: So far so good for Javier Vazquez, who’s allowed just the one run through five innings. Of course, it doesn’t help that the Yankees have made only 12 outs but been charged with 15.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Choo’s a nice hitter, and his two-out double has given the Indians a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Vazquez pitches out of trouble in the seventh inning to keep it a 2-1 Indians lead. He’s pitched very well today, but the Yankees have a lot of trouble scoring for him. He’s allowed two runs through seven innings, and right now he’s in line for the loss. Brutal.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: The Yankees have done next to nothing against Westbrook tonight — with help from the umpires — but Curtis Granderson has just hit a ball 421 feet for a two-run home run and a 3-2 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.: Curious. Dave Robertson and Boone Logan are warming in the Yankees bullpen. Yes it is the eighth inning.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: After a lead-off walk, Vazquez is out, Robertson is in. The Indians have a switch-hitter, lefty and switch hitter due up.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: That’s a big double play by Robertson, and now Logan will try to get the lefty Choo to finish the inning.