Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Marcus Thames DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Greg Golson RF
RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.83)
Moseley vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
David Murphy LF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Matt Treanor C
Julio Borbon CF
LHP Cliff Lee (10-8, 3.37)
Lee vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:05 p.m. / YES Network and TBS
UMPIRES: HP Alfronso Marquez, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Ted Barrett
WEATHER: Might not dip below 90 degrees during the game. Very light breeze blowing in a bit. It’s not only the stars at night that are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. The sun is awfully bright too.
NOT A GOOD WEEKEND: According to Elias, the last time the Yankees suffered back-to-back walk-off loses was in May of 2001 in Oakland. Last night was the first time this season that the Yankees lost when leading after eight innings. They had been 76-0 in such games.
AVOIDING THE SWEEP: The Yankees have not been swept in a three-game series this season. The only time they’ve been swept was a two-game series in Tampa in May. A loss today would mean their first three-game sweep since July of 2009. Under Joe Girardi, the Yankees are 15-5 in the third game of a three-game series after losing the first two games.
DOWN THE STRETCH: After today’s game, the Yankees will play their final 19 games of the season against teams in the American League East.
UPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: Doesn’t have to be pretty. Austin Kearns makes up for the double off his glove with an awkward catch for the final out of the second inning. Dustin Moseley looks pretty good so far.
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Moseley still looks good. Not many hard-hit outs, and even the base hits have been fairly weak. He’s through four innings on 53 pitches, pretty much exactly what the Yankees needed. Meanwhile, Cliff Lee looks like Cliff Lee again.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Two bits of good news: It’s hard to imagine Dustin Moseley pitching much better, and the Yankees have not stranded a single base runner.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Eduardo Nunez breaks up Cliff Lee’s no-hitter. One more thing in a very strange weekend of baseball in Texas.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: The Captain comes through. Derek Jeter’s two-out double has scored Nunez and given the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: This is only the second time Cliff Lee has unintentionally walked two batters in a game this season.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Leadoff walk. Rarely a good thing. It comes back to hurt Moseley in the bottom of the sixth and the Rangers have tied it at 1. With the runner at third and one out, Moseley got the ground ball, but the Yankees couldn’t get the force at the plate.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Girardi said before the game that he was hoping for six innings out of Moseley. He got that, and you have to wonder if he might have made a bullpen move sooner if he had a full set of relievers. Another lead-off walk and now back-to-back two-out singles — one of them a bunt — have given the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the seventh. Here’s Albaladejo for a second day in a row.