Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Austin Kearns LF
Lance Berkman 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
Ramiro Pena 2B
RHP A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.93)
Burnett vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Jorge Cantu 1B
Bengie Molina C
Cristian Guzman 2B
LHP C.J. Wilson (10-5, 3.30)
Wilson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / MY9
UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Bill Hohn, 3B Gary Darling
WEATHER: It has cooled to 99 degrees. It’s hot. Really hot.
BRIDGE STABILITY: Dave Robertson has not allowed a run in his past 13 appearances, the longest such stretch of his career according to Elias. Boone Logan has retired 21 of the past 24 batters he faced, and Joba Chamberlain hasn’t been charged with a run in any of his past seven outings.
OUT OF TEXAS: Mark Teixeira will not play for the first time this season. He’s reached base in 53 of the past 55 games, dating back to June 6.
THREE OF THE BEST: Since it opened in 1994, the all-time leaders in home runs at this stadium are Rafael Palmeiro (130), Juan Gonzalez (115) and Ivan Rodriguez (108). Until Teixeira was scratched, this series was going to feature three of the next four on the stadium’s all-time list. Rodriguez has the fourth-most home runs at this stadium (96) followed by Hank Blalock (90), Teixeira (87) and Michael Young (87).
ACE IN SCRANTON: Alfredo Aceves threw two-thirds of an inning in his rehab start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He walked two, struck out one and allowed no hits. He was pulled after 19 pitches, 10 of them strikes. He was scheduled for one inning.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: You don’t see an overturned call very often, but it looks like they got it right in the end.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: I have finally emerged from the world of finishing early stories for tomorrow’s newspaper. Not surprisingly, the press dining room doesn’t have much left when you look for food in the fourth inning. Anyway, it’s still a scoreless game and the Yankees haven’t taken advantage of a pair of Rangers errors.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: As a general rule, I’m all for patient hitters who work the count, but I make an exception for Vlad Guerrero. I love watching that guy hack at everything.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Two-out RBI double by Nelson Cruz has given the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Nick Swisher matches the two-out RBI double and now the game’s tied again.
UPDATE, 10:02 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli just singled up the middle to score Austin Kearns and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: I’ve known Brett Gardner for a long time, and I think that’s the most frustrated I’ve ever seen him. He’s really been struggling lately, and he’s all too aware. Meanwhile, here’s Cano pinch hitting for Pena with two on and two out in the sixth.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Cano nearly got a single through the middle of the infield, but Andrus got to it and ended the inning with the Yankees leading 2-1.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: A good start for Burnett just came apart with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. A half inning after taking the lead, the Yankees now trail 3-2.
UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: The fans in Texas really don’t like Alex Rodriguez. He just went deep to center field to tie the game at 3.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Dave Robertson is dangerously close to allowing his first run since July 2. With a runner at third and two outs, he’s intentionally walked Mitch Moreland to face Andrus. This is the biggest at-bat of the game, obviously.