Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Juan Miranda 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.18)
Sabathia vs. Indians
Trevor Crowe CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Austin Kearns LF
Shelley Duncan DH
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Matt LaPorta 1B
Jason Donald 2B
Chris Gimenez C
RHP Josh Tomlin (NR)
Major league debut
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / MY9
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B Dale Scott, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B Mark Wegner
WEATHER: Might still be in the low 80s for first pitch, but ultimately upper-70s through most of the game with no real chance of rain. Beautiful night here in Cleveland.
THE NEW GUY: Josh Tomlin is making his big league debut. Earlier this season he faced Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once — Juan Miranda went 1-for-4 in that game — and Tomlin got the win that night, allowing two runs on seven hits through five innings. Reegie Corona’s double was the only extra-base hit against him. Tomlin faced Trenton once in 2009 and got the win that day too, allowing one run through six innings, again allowing only one extra-base hit (a double by Seth Fortenberry).
BIRTHDAY BOY: According to Elias, only two players have hit a century home run — No. 100, 200, 300, etc. — on their birthday. Cecil Fielder hit his 300th on his birthday in 1997 and Raul Ibanez hit his 200th on his birthday last season. Alex Rodriguez could hit No. 600 on his birthday tonight.
MORE MILESTONES: If Rodriguez doesn’t hit No. 600 tonight, he could hit it tomorrow, on the 14-year anniversary of Darryl Strawberry hitting his 300th career home run in a Yankees 3-2 win against the Royals.
CLOSE ENOUGH: The Yankees have won their past six one-run games and are 10-2 in their past 12. For the year, they are 10-6 in one-run games, having lost their first four.
MANAGER MATTINGLY: The Arizona Fall League coaching staffs were announced this afternoon. The manager for the Phoenix Desert Dogs — the team that will include Yankees minor leaguers — will be Don Mattingly.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: A lot of things went right on that play. Great throw from Gardner in left field, great job blocking the plate by Cervelli and the Yankees got out of the first inning on the out at home. Joe Girardi was fired up when Cervelli came into the dugout. The Yankees manager appreciates those plays at the plate.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: So far so good in Tomlin’s major league debut. He’s retired nine in a row. Sabathia, though, has looked awfully good since those back-to-back hits in the first.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: We’ll call it an at-bat and a half for Rodriguez today. He was at the plate with two strikes when Derek Jeter was caught stealing to end the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Jeter broke up the very early perfect game with a lead-off single in the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: The AP is reporting that Andy Pettitte said he was “feeling good” after going through agility and running drills today in Tampa. Pettitte also made 90 throws off flat ground.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Not sure whether Cabrera should be safe or out. The ball clearly came loose, but it seemed to come loose after Cervelli’s glove hit the ground, not on the play itself. Doesn’t really matter. The run scored and it’s 1-0 Cleveland.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Looks like a good call at second base. Cano came off the bag trying to turn the double play quickly and now the bases are loaded with one out in the fourth. Strange inning for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Defensive mistakes cost the Yankees in that inning and the Indians have a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Curtis Granderson’s turn to drop a ball. Looked like it hit him in the heel of the glove, bounced out and he lost any chance of catching it when he slammed into the wall. It’s a lead-off triple for Kearns.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Sabathia just walked in a run, meanwhile the Yankees are being shutdown by a kid named Josh Tomlin. It’s 4-0 Indians, and John Sterling was right. You can’t predict it.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Lefty on the mound, Marcus Thames pinch hits for Miranda. Indians bring in a righty, Colin Curtis pinch hits for Thames.