Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Lance Berkman DH
Austin Kearns LF
Colin Curtis RF
Francisco Cervelli C
RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.92)
Nova has not faced the Rays
John Jaso C
Ben Zobrist 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Dan Johnson DH
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Reid Brignac SS
RHP Matt Garza (14-8, 3.68)
Garza vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / MY9 and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Lance Barksdale, 2B Ed Rapuano, 3B Tom Hallion
WEATHER: Oh the weather outside is weather. Forgetting Sarah Marshall? Anyone?
HIP HIP JORGE: Jorge Posada has been named the AL East finalist for the 2010 MLBPA Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. The award is given to a player who inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performance and off-the-field contributions to the community. Each division chooses one nominee.
TOUGH TO SWALLOW: The Yankees have suffered five walk-off losses this season, three in the past four days. They had four walk-off losses last year. The Yankees last had three walk-off losses on the same road trip in 2003 when they lost in Boston and Oakland. That was during a nine-game trip.
PUTTING UP ZEROS: The last time the Yankees played in a game in which both starters pitched eight scoreless innings was June 18, 2003, also against Tampa Bay. That day it was Roger Clemens and — of all people — Victor Zambrano who traded zeros. The Yankees won the game on Alfronso Soriano’s walk-off single in the 12th.
THE SHOW GOES ON: Last night was the first ever concert at Yankee Stadium. It featured Jay-Z and Eminem performing to a sold-out audience. They will perform again tonight. That’s an AP shot of Jay-Z on the right.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Had some computer issues for a while, but things are back online. The Yankees got two on with no outs in the second inning, but the bottom third of the order left both runners stranded. Now Nova is trying to strand a runner in the bottom of the second.
Also, in case you didn’t see it, the New York Post is reporting that Mark Teixeira has been playing with a broken little toe.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Derek Jeter walked, Curtis Granderson hit his second double of the night and Mark Teixeira hit a sac fly for a 1-0 Yankees lead. It’s just that easy, folks.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: This is the lineup the Yankees remember. RBI single by Rodriguez and now a two-run home run by Cano. It’s a 4-0 Yankees lead in the third inning.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: That’s a four-run inning for the Yankees, and a 30-pitch inning for Matt Garza.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Four scoreless innings from Nova. Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte’s night is finished in Altoona. He went five innings and allowed two runs, one of them on a leadoff homer in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Home run A-Rod, 5-0 lead Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Jake McGee is a pretty big left-handed prospect in the Rays system, and he’s making his big league debut here against Colin Curtis. Garza is finished after 4.2 innings.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: McGee walked Colin Curtis to load the bases, then walked Francisco Cervelli to bring in a run, now he’s facing Derek Jeter. Think this is how he imagined it?
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Looks like Joe Girardi was trying to find out something about Ivan Nova here. He had Boone Logan up, but let Nova stay in to face the lefty Matt Joyce. When Joyce singled in another run — the third straight Ray to reach with two outs — Girardi pulled the trigger. Nova threw only 74 pitches. Logan’s in with Johnson and Pena due up.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Aybar pinch hits for Johnson and takes Logan deep, a three-run home run that has given the Rays a 7-6 lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Robinson Cano doubles in the tying run on a broken bat drive to right. The Rays have intentionally walked the bases loaded for Austin Kearns. Here comes Chad Qualls.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Kearns struck out, Curtis flied out and the game remains tied at 7 in the middle of the sixth.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Big inning from Joba Chamberlain. Heart of the order has a chance now in the eighth.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Kerry Wood has pitched three out of the past four days. Maybe the Yankees ran out of red stars during last night’s game.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Robertson is up in the Yankees bullpen. This is at least the second time he’s started throwing, maybe the third.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: At no point did I believe Curtis Granderson had a shot at that ball. Not once. An incredible catch that left Robinson Cano standing with both arms raised on the infield dirt. Even the Rays fans here at the Trop gave him a standing ovation. One of the best I’ve ever seen.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Mariano Rivera was already getting loose, but Jorge Posada has given him a chance to close out a big win for the Yankees.