Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Lance Berkman DH
Austin Kearns RF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Dustin Moseley (2-1, 3.86)
Moseley vs. Royals
Gregor Blanco CF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Alex Gordon LF
Mike Aviles 2B
Mitch Maier RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
RHP Kyle Davies (5-7, 5.21)
Davies vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Gary Cederstrom
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 90s with a slight chance — about 35 percent — of rain in the late innings. That’s what the Weather Channel says. It doesn’t look like there’s any chance of rain.
SO FAR, SO GOOD: The current Royals have a total of 28 at-bats against Dustin Moseley. In those at-bats, they have three hits for a .107 average and a .107 slugging percentage. Small sample sizes are fun!
CONSISTENT CC: Since the first of June, CC Sabathia is 11-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 14 starts. In each one of those outings, he’s pitched more than six innings while allowing three earned runs or less. According to Elias, it’s the longest such streak for a Yankees pitcher since Ron Guidry got at least 19 and gave up no more three earned in each of his first 15 starts in 1978.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOONE: Today is Boone Logan’s 26th birthday. I’m guessing he’ll celebrate by striking out Alex Gordon in the seventh inning.
TWO SCORELESS FOR ACEVES: Alfredo Aceves pitched two scoreless, hitless innings in Trenton. Mike Ashmore has all the details.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Remember when I wrote that it doesn’t look like rain. That is no longer true. It now looks like it’s going to rain quite a bit.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: After a series of singles, the Royals finally got an extra-base hit off Moseley and it’s given Kansas City a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Meanwhile, insane clouds are rolling in from the West.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Infield single by Alex Rodriguez pulls the Yankees within 3-1 and leaves runners at the corners with one out in the third. Meanwhile, the grounds crew is gathering around the tarp.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Make that 3-2 on an RBI single by Robinson Cano.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Lance Berkman has tied it on a two-out double to right. Rain still falling, but no tarp on the field just yet.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Here comes the tarp.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: The tarp is coming off.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Scheduled to resume playing at 9:55.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Dustin Moseley back on the mound for the Yankees. When he says he’s ready, the game will begin.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Ground out and strikeout for Moseley.. Folks from Arkansas are always just a little more comfortable after a good rain.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.:Home run y Butler puts the Royals in the lead, 4-3. By the way, there seems to be more rain on the way. The crew is back behind the tarp.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: After a one-out walk, while Dave Eiland was on the mound for a visit, the tarp was brought back onto the field. We’re now in rain delay No. 2.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Rain delays are good for booking travel, but they aren’t good for much of anything else.
UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: The Royals just announced the attendance, but they have yet to announce an estimated start time.
UPDATE, 11:44 p.m.: The grounds crew appears to be preparing to take the tarp off the field. Fans are returning to their seats. There might be more baseball tonight.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: Scheduled to resume at midnight. Awesome.
UPDATE, 11:57 p.m.: Tarp coming back on the field. I don’t want to talk about it.
UPDATE, 12:25 a.m.: I think they’re actually going to play this time.
UPDATE, 12:31 a.m.: Here we go. Chad Gaudin on the mound. The temperature has dropped 25 degrees since first pitch. That was a 2:10 rain delay.
UPDATE, 12:42 a.m.: The Yankees and Royals have played one another six times this year. Three of those games have been delayed by rain. Total of six hours, 38 minutes worth of rain delays between these teams.
UPDATE, 1:01 a.m.: Automatic timers at Kauffman turn the lights out at midnight (just the ones inside, not the big lights on the field). So, the lights just went out in the press box and there are phone calls being made to get them turned on. It’s been a weird night.
UPDATE, 1:20 a.m.: A whole lot of stupid on that play. Credit Pena with a stolen base for being surprisingly the least stupid of the bunch.
UPDATE, 1:35 a.m.: I was off by an inning. Logan just struck out Gordon in the eighth.