Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Greg Golson LF
LHP CC Sabathia (20-6, 3.05)
Sabathia vs. Rays
B.J. Upton CF
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist 1B
Rocco Baldelli RF
Willy Aybar DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
LHP David Price (17-6, 2.79)
Price vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network and MLB Network
UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Adrian Johnson
WEATHER: Last-minute decision to throw a pullover in my bag? Good call. It’s not remotely cold, but there’s a little bit of a breeze and it’ll be a little chilly by the end of the night.
TWO OF A KIND: CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes are the first pair of Yankees starters to win at least 17 games in a season since Chien-Ming Wang and Randy Johnson in 2006. The last time the Yankees had two 17-game-winners 30 or younger was 1978 (Ron Guidry and Ed Figueroa).
ALL HE DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN: According to Elias, Derek Jeter has now played in 1,376 regular-season wins, tying Mickey Mantle for the most in Yankees history. The only active player with more wins than Jeter is Omar Vizquel with 1,477.
WHAT’S LEFT: The Yankees have now lost their past five games against left-handed starters. That comes after a stretch when the Yankees won nine of 10 games against left-handed starters.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today is Joba Chamberlain’s 25th birthday.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Aside from the decision to bring back Andy Pettitte, it’s hard to come up with a better offseason move for the Yankees than the signing of Marcus Thames. He’s just gone deep off Price for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the second inning.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: There really hasn’t been much to add to this game. Both Price and Sabathia has pitched well, but Thames’ homer stands as the difference. Tampa Bay has put runners on base — at least one runner in four of five innings — but Sabathia’s shut them down in every inning but the third. Even then, it could have been worse than a one-run inning. It’s 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: A lead-off double by Greg Golson has kick started the Yankees offense in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Swisher just singled in Golson, and the Yankees have two on with no outs for the 3-4-5 hitters. It’s a 3-1 game.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: The Rays have strung together some hits of Sabathia here in the sixth, getting two runs to tie the game at 3. There are still runners at the corners with one out and the bottom of the order coming up.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Sabathia hit some kind of wall in the sixth. He got only one out, walked in the go-ahead run and left the bases loaded for Joba Chamberlain. It’s 4-3 Rays.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: The Rays just got the big hits the Yankees couldn’t get in the fifth. B.J. Upton doubled in two runs, Carl Crawford singled in two more and it’s an 8-3 Tampa Bay lead.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: A walk and three straight hit batters. I can absolutely say I’ve never seen that. What a bizarre turn of events. It’s now 10-3 Rays.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: The Rays just turned a 5-4-3 double play, with the play starting with an underhand toss. It’s that kind of night for the Yankees.
New defense for the Yankees: Miranda 1B, Russo 2B, Nunez SS, Pena 3B, Golson CF, Curtis RF, Thames LF, Moeller C
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: For those of you scoring at home — or even still watching at home — the new Yankees lineup: