Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 2.57)
Pettitte vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vlad Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz LF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B
LHP Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.13)
Lee vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m. ET / TBS
UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B Angel Hernandez, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Brian Gorman, LF Gerry Davis, RF Tony Randazzo
WEATHER: It’s not warm. Temperatures in the 50s. Very slight chance of rain.
TWO IN A ROW: The Yankees have lost consecutive ALCS games just three times. In 1980 they lost three straight against the Royals, in 1998 they lost two straight against the Indians and — of course — in 2004 they lost four straight against the Red Sox. They are 23-6 when winning the first game of a best-of-seven series.
LEANING LEFT: The Yankees lost their final nine regular-season games against left-handed starters. In the postseason, they are 3-0 against lefties.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: The Yankees have outscored opponents 12-1 over the final three innings — seventh inning and later — in this postseason. they have outscored the Rangers 16-0 from the seventh inning on in 12 postseason games between the two clubs.
HOME SWEET HOME: The new Yankee Stadium is the third stadium in history, and the first in the American League, to host a League Championship game in each of its first two seasons. The Pirates hosted NLCS games in 1970 and 1971 at Three Rivers, and the Braves hosted the NLCS at Turner Field in 1997 and 1998.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Two-run home run by Josh Hamilton. The guy can hit the ball a long way. It’s a 2-0 Rangers lead before Cliff Lee has thrown a pitch.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Jeter saw six pitches and drove the ball to right, but it’s still a 1-2-3 first inning forLee.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Pettitte seems to have settled in a little bit, but Lee hasn’t given the Yankees many chances. He’s hitting corners, throwing a lot of strikes that aren’t good pitches to hit.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Since pregame introductions, the loudest this stadium has gotten was for the final pitch of Swisher’s 11-pitch at-bat. That’ a great at-bat, but it ended with a strikeout.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: I had some technical difficulties for a while, but I’m back up and running. Meanwhile, Pettitte has been dialed in since that Hamilton homer. He’s through the sixth inning, still 2-0 heading into the bottom of the inning. The Yankees offense has shown some life the past two innings, seeing 22 pitches in the fourth and getting their first hit in the fifth.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Cliff Lee is the first pitcher to have 10 strikeouts in three games in a single postseason.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Bengie Molina. Not fast. Still a nice play by A-Rod.
UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Based on the crowd here at Yankee Stadium, I’m guessing an RBI single in the ninth is the time to throw in the towel. Fans are heading for the exits pretty quickly now that the Rangers have added a run against the Yankees bullpen. It’s 3-0 in the top of the ninth.