Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Lance Berkman 1B
Brett Gardner CF
RHP Javier Vazquez (9-8, 4.63)
Vazquez vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Cristian Guzman 2B
LHP Cliff Lee (10-5, 2.44)
Lee vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / YES Network, ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Paul Emmel, 1B Bill Hohn, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Mike Estabrook
WEATHER: Still hot. Should be in the 90s throughout the game, with 100 very possible at first pitch.
SMALL SAMPLE: Joe Girardi indicated yesterday that he would start Curtis Granderson against Cliff Lee because of solid career numbers against the lefty. Granderson was 12-for-40 for a .300 career average against Lee. Now that he’s tweaking his swing, Granderson has been replaced by Brett Gardner, who’s a .400 hitter against Lee (though only 2-for-5).
NOT MUCH EXTRA: After last night, the Yankees are 4-3 in extra-inning games this season. They have played the fewest extra-inning games of any major league team, tied with Cleveland, Detroit and Toronto.
WINNING SCHEDULE: The Yankees will play 33 of their final 50 games against teams with winning records. After tonight’s game, they’ll play 11 in a row against losing teams (Kansas City, Detroit and Seattle). The Yankees are 40-31 against teams with winning records this season.
PERFECT STRETCH: Derek Jeter has played 47 straight games without an error. According to Elias, that’s the longest streak of his career, passing a streak of 46 straight games in 2004. Jeter leads all major league shortstops with a .990 fielding percentage.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Vazquez allowed one hit in the first inning, but it was home run to the smallest part of the ballpark for a 1-0 Rangers lead.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: RBI double by Alex Rodriguez has sent this crowd into a booing frenzy and pulled the Yankees into a 1-1 tie.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Just like the last time Lance Berkman played first base, it’s hard to watch him and wonder if Mark Teixeira might have gotten balls that got past Berkman. A two-run single off Berkman’s glove makes you wonder just that. It’s now 3-1 Rangers.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: After back-to-back singles to open the fifth inning, Sergio Mitre is now getting loose in the bullpen… Make that three straight hits as Josh Hamilton gets an RBI double through the right side. It’s 4-1 Rangers.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Not a good rundown for Posada, who didn’t get the ball to third base in time for the out. That left the bases loaded for David Murphy, who singled in two runs. It’s now a 6-1 game with Mitre coming in to pitch.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Very nice throw by Swisher to end the fifth inning, but the damage has been done.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Hit the ball hard, good things happen. Lance Berkman just lifted a deep fly ball between the center fielder and right fielder. It probably shouldn’t have dropped, but it did, bouncing over the wall for an RBI ground rule double that has cut the lead to 6-3.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Not sure it’s enough to knock him out of his recent funk, but that’s a big hit for Brett Gardner, who lined a single up the middle to score Kearns, pull the Yankees within 6-4 and chase Lee from the game.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: The bullpen doesn’t have to pick up Lee very often, but it did here with back-to-back strikeouts to strand the tying run at second base.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Marcus Thames just crushed that solo home run to left. It’s now a one-run ballgame, and Thames has more than pulled his weight in that No. 3 hole.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: Missed chances in the seventh and eighth, the Yankees finally capitalize with an single that went over the pitcher’s glove, under the second baseman’s glove and scored Granderson to tie the game at 6.
That sound you hear is the slow death of every running game story in the Texas press box.