Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Austin Kearns LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
RHP Javier Vazquez (10-9, 5.01)
Vazquez vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
David Murphy LF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bengie Molina C
Julio Borbon CF
LHP C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.10)
Wilson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Alfronso Marquez, 3B Dan Iassogna
WEATHER: Temperature right around 90 degrees for first pitch, dipping into the mid to low-80s during the game. A few clouds overhead, but nothing to be concerned about. Wind is blowing out to left field.
GREAT AFTER EIGHT: The Yankees walk-off win on Wednesday was the team’s fifth win when trailing after eight innings. According to Elias, that ties Detroit and Toronto for the most such wins this season.
ANOTHER LEFTY: The Yankees face lefty C.J. Wilson tonight. They are 19-8 in their past 27 games against left-handed starting pitchers. They’re hitting .271 against lefties this season, the second-highest vLHP average in the American League behind Detroit. Their 56 homers are the most off left-handers by any team in the big leagues.
1 TO 11: Javier Vazquez needs one win to reach 11 for the season. This would be his 10th 11-win season, putting him in a group with Andy Pettitte (15), Jamie Moyer (15), Tim Hudson (11), CC Sabathia (10) and Tim Wakefield (10) as the only active pitchers with double-digit 11-win seasons.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Bases loaded, Brett Gardner went down swinging to end the second inning. C.J. Wilson’s command hasn’t been great, but he was able to get out of that jam without a run.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Amazing thing is how long it took the Yankees infield to realize Kinsler had been called safe on that steal attempt. He looked out by a foot from the press box, and the replay made it look like more like a foot and a half.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: The blown call has cost the Yankees a run, and now it’s 1-0 Rangers.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Have I mentioned that they hate Alex Rodriguez in this stadium? A-Rod just doubled in two runs to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the third.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Three straight two-out singles by Thames, Kearns and Cervelli have pushed the Yankees lead to 4-1 still in the third.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Trenton just wrapped up it’s first-round sweep, meaning the Yankees are assured of having an affiliate playing on Tuesday for Andy Pettitte’s next rehab start. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost today — a 1-0 game, wasting a good start from Kei Igawa — and now need to win two in a row to stay alive.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: The Yankees have chased Wilson from the game after three innings. Here comes Matt Harrison.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Well I was positive Swisher’s ball was out of the park. Positive. I was also wrong. Pretty nice catch by Borbon, who covers a lot of ground out there in center.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Borbon got a ball just past Mark Teixeira for a two-run double that has pulled the Rangers within 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth. A walk and a hit batter didn’t help matters. Vazquez had retired seven straight before a one-out walk started this rally.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m: A bases-loaded walk gave the Yankees an extra run, but Alex Rodriguez struck out with the bases loaded to end the sixth and leave the Yankees in front 5-3.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Borbon’s fourth RBI of the night — a career high — has pulled the Rangers within 5-4.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m: Robertson let one inherited runner score, but it’s hard to fault a guy who just got three outs without letting the ball leave the infield.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Kerry Wood in to pitch the seventh. Does that mean Phil Hughes is going to pitch the eighth?
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: After a 1-2-3 seventh for Wood, Chamberlain is up in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: First pitch from Chamberlain is a solo home run by Nelson Cruz. We’re tied in the eighth. From my friend Marc Carig, the last time Chamberlain pitched in the eighth inning with a one-run lead, he coughed up a grand slam to Jose Lopez.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Phil Hughes warming for the Yankees. He’ll pitch the ninth. Girardi said before the game that if Hughes gets loose, he’ll almost certainly come into the game. It would be interesting to see him do that if the Yankees actually take the lead here.
UPDATE, 11:58 p.m.: Looks like Hughes remembers how to do this relief thing.
UPDATE, 12:22 a.m.: Bryan Hoch has all you need to know about the powers of Mariano Rivera. Hoch and Rivera were sitting together on a morning flight to Dallas.
UPDATE, 12:51 a.m.: Tying run at third — thanks to Chad Moeller of all people — but Derek Jeter grounded to first and Colin Curtis went down swinging. Now it’s Chad Gaudin in to pitch the bottom of the 12th.
UPDATE, 1:03 a.m.: The Rangers have established a new club record for pitchers used in a game. Scott Feldman is No. 11.
UPDATE, 1:06 a.m.: Infield single by Rodriguez, clean single to right by Cano and now Jorge Posada is up with runners at the corners and one out in the 13th.
UPDATE, 1:13 a.m.: Chad Moeller gave the Yankees a chance to take the lead earlier in this game. Now he’s up with the bases loaded in the 13th.
UPDATE, 1:16 a.m.: Moeller flied to center and we’re still tied. Still Gaudin on the mound.