Update, 7:13: Not a good start for CC Sabathia, giving up the Austin Jackson homer on his first pitch. But Curtis Granderson saved him on the last two batters with the running catch in deep right-center and the diving catch in left-center.
Update, 7:30: Nick Swisher came out of last night’s game with his tennis elbow pain, but he told Joe Girardi before this game that he wanted to play. And there he was coming through with the two-run single off Justin Verlander to give the Yankees the 2-1 lead here in the first.
Update, 7:46: Curtis Granderson matched the guy he was traded for – Jackson – with that that solo shot to right. That’s four hits in four at-bats over two games now, with a walk mixed in there. His remodeled swing seems to be working. So it’s 3-1 in the second.
Update, 8:32: Sabathia is making the pitches when he has to make them, but it’s no surprise. He’s 60-22 in his career with a 2.95 era from Aug. 1 through the conclusion of the regular season. He’s allowed two hits through four.
Update, 8:38: The results are in on Andy Pettitte’s MRI. It seems like he keeps getting further away from returning. The test showed a small persistent strain of the left groin. He can throw off flat ground, but he can’t throw off a mound again for approximately one week. So it’s obvious he won’t be back until September at the earliest.
Update, 8:46: Sabathia strikes out the side in the fifth. That’s 7 Ks.
Update, 8:54: Jorge Posada’s single here in the fifth gives him 1,558 hits, tying Thurman Munson for 17th on the Yankees’ all-time list.
Update, 9:05: Sabathia has a three-hitter through six.
Update, 9:06: Verlander is out after five innings of work. Lefty Daniel Schlereth is in.
Update, 9:16: Jeter is now 14 hits from 2,900 after that RBI single made it 4-1. Mark Schlereth, the ESPN football analyst and Daniel’s dad, is here watching.
Update, 9:24: Pitch No. 102 from Sabathia winds up in the left-field seats. Brandon Inge makes it 4-2 with one out in the seventh. Joba is warming.
Update, 9:28: One on, two outs. Joe Girardi came out, but he’s leaving Sabathia in to face Jackson despite that first-inning homer.
Update, 9:31: Good move. Jackson goes down swinging. CC looked pumped. Now his night is probably done.
Update, 9:35: Homer No. 22 for Cano – 5-2.
Update, 9:37: Swisher can’t catch a break these days. Schlereth hit him in what looked like the left little toe area, but he’s staying in.
Update, 9:54: The eighth inning now belongs to David Robertson with a 6-2 lead.
Update, 10:13: We’ve just learned that A-Rod also underwent an MRI today. He has a low-grade strain of the left calf and is still day to day.