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 A.J. Burnett (8-8, 4.77)
Burnett vs. Indians
Trevor Crowe CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Carlos Santana C
Travis Hafner DH
Austin Kearns LF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Andy Marte 3B
Jason Donald 2B
RHP Fausto Carmona (10-7, 3.51)
Carmona vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / MY9
UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B Mark Wegner, 3B Dan Iossogna
WEATHER: Rain. It’s supposed to clear out, but right now it’s coming down and Mark Feinsand has declared that the sky looks like Independence Day… The movie, not the national holiday.
SO LONG JHONNY: Jhonny Peralta is only 2-for-11 in his career against A.J. Burnett, but one of those hits is a home run and he has 6 RBI in those at-bats, the most of any Indians hitter. The only other Indians with more than one career hit against Burnett are Trevor Crowe (2-for-4) and Travis Hafner (6-for-18 with a homer).
FROM LEFT FIELD: Brett Gardner has eight outfield assists, the most on the Yankees. Four of those assists have come in July. He is tied for the third-most outfield assists in the Majors. Only Jose Bautista has more in the American League.
STILL THE BEST: Despite CC Sabathia taking the loss last night, the Yankees still have the top three individual winning percentages in the American League with Andy Pettitte (.846), Phil Hughes (.800) and Sabathia (.765).
UPDATE, 7:04 p.m.: The tarp is just now coming off the field. Looks like we’ll start fairly soon, but we still haven’t been given a time.
UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: First pitch at 7:40.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: It’s not a home run, but a two-out single by Rodriguez has given the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Personally, I think he’ll hit it today. I’m going to guess sixth inning.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Terrific slide by Curtis Granderson to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Granderson, Cervelli and Gardner had three straight hits, and Granderson cashed in with a slide that wrapped around the tag and left just enough room for his hand to slap the plate.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Teixeira has been awfully good since that bad series in Toronto. That’s a two-out, two-run single for a 4-0 Yankees lead. Oh, and Rodriguez still hasn’t hit 600. He just popped out.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Hit by a back swing last night. Now a pitch to the elbow. Francisco Cervelli has awful, awful luck. No one needs that big helmet more than he does. Meanwhile, a triple by Granderson and double by Gardner have pushed the lead to 6-0.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Rodriguez strikes out with the bases loaded, but the Yankees got three runs in the third to chase Carmona and take a 7-0 lead.
UPDATE, 9:12 p.m.: Robinson Cano has his 19th home run for an 8-0 Yankees lead. Keep an eye on that Cano kid. He’s going places.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: A 1-2-3 inning means Rodriguez will get his fourth at-bat in the sixth inning. My prediction has a chance.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Well, I was close. Rodriguez one-hops the wall for a double, then pulls second base out of the ground on his slide into the bag.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Another very good start from A.J. Burnett. It’s now Joba Chamberlain on to pitch with one out and one on in the seventh inning.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Chamberlain pitched around a balk, Sergio Mitre pitched a scoreless eighth and we’re mercifully into the ninth inning. Even without that rain delay, this would have been a long game.