Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.14)
Sabathia vs. Royals
Gregor Blanco CF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Alex Gordon LF
Mike Aviles 2B
Mitch Maier RF
Willie Bloomquist 3B
LHP Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.44)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Mike Muchlinski
WEATHER: It’s Missouri. It’s hot and it’s humid. Just like I remember it.
NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT: None of the current Royals has ever hit a home run off CC Sabathia, but oddly enough, they’ve hit for a pretty solid average against the big lefty. As a group, the current Royals have a .289 career average against Sabathia and three guys with the most at-bats — Bloomquist, Butler and Kendall — have individual averages of .320, .360 and .381.
EXACTLY WHAT YOU EXPECT: As a group, the current Yankees have a career batting line of .309/.378/.612 against Bruce Chen. Mark Teixeira is coming back at the right time. He’s 9-for-14 with six home run against Chen. That’s a 2.071 slugging percentage.
THREE AWAY: Kerry Wood needs three strikeouts to reach 1,500 for his career.
MORE MILESTONES FOR THE CAPTAIN: With three hits last night, Derek Jeter passed Mel Ott for 38th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. According to Elias, Jeter now has the most hits for any player while playing for a New York team. He needs one more hit to tie Frankie Frisch for 37th all-time.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Sorry for the lack of updates until now. I’ve been wrapping up early stories for the paper, finally eating dinner and talking to Jason Zillo about hope week. In that time, Curtis Granderson got an RBI single in his first at-bat and Mark Teixeira had a sac fly.
Now Austin Kearns has gone deep, and Granderson has doubled in his second AB. Th Yankees are up 3-0 and Kevin Long is clearly a genius.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Back-to-back two-out hits have put the Royals on the board. Pretty good throw by Granderson, but he couldn’t beat Gordon to the plate. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: After botching it the first time, the Royals got a second time to turn a double play and got it done this time. It’s still a 3-1 lead.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Royals center fielder Gregor Blanco left the game with heat exhaustion and dehydration. He’s expected to play tomorrow.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Yankees take advantage of an error to build their lead to 4-1. If Sabathia doesn’t pitch a complete game, I’ll be surprised.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: Sabathia is at 100 pitches after eight innings.