Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner CF
LHP CC Sabathia (18-5, 3.14)
Sabathia vs. Athletics
Coco Crisp CF
Rajai Davis LF
Kurt Suzuki DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Matt Carson RF
Jeff Larish 1B
Landon Powell C
Cliff Pennington SS
LHP Dallas Braden (9-9, 3.28)
Braden vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP CB Bucknor, 1B Kerwin Danley, 2B Doug Eddings, 3B Dana DeMuth
WEATHER: Nice and steamy in the Bronx. Few clouds but some haze. It’s going to be a hot one.
HOW SWEEP IT IS: If the Yankees win today it would be their sixth series sweep of the season and second against the A’s. Whatever happens, the Yankees have already won the series and are now 4-0-2 in four-game series at the new Yankee Stadium.
HOME COOKING: CC Sabathia likes the Bronx, having gone undefeated in his last 20 starts at Yankee Stadium. The stretch, which dates back to last year’s All-Star break, has seen Sabathia go 15-0 with a 2.17 ERA. “I don’t think he really does anything different,” Joe Girardi said. “The thing you might try to take from that is he’s real familiar with the mound, and the surroundings and the view of home plate that he sees here more than other places. He knows how to pitch to this ballpark.”
HIGH FIVE: The Yankees now have five pitchers – A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Javier Vazquez – with double-digit wins, marking the first time they’ve had that many since 1999. The rotation that season? Pettitte, David Cone, Orlando Hernandez, Hideki Irabu and … Roger Clemens.
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Looks like Nick Swisher has come out of the game for some reason. Gardner in left now, Granderson in center and Kearns in right. Will let you know what we hear on Swisher.
UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: CC is rolling and Jorge Posada just gave him a lead with a massive blast into the left-center field seats. That’s No. 17 for Posada and came on the first pitch. 1-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Jack Curry of YES reports that Swisher appeared to injure his left knee. He had hurt it back in Toronto and looked to be laboring as he ran.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Official word on Swisher: Left game with stiffness in his left knee. He’s day-to-day.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: That’s the sixth career multi-homer game for Granderson and second this season. The way CC is going, 4-0 ought to be more than enough to get the sweep finished.