1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Curtis Granderson CF
9. Russell Martin C
Phil Hughes P
1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Ramon Santiago 2B
3. Brennan Boesch DH
4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
5. Victor Martinez C
6. Ryan Raburn LF
7. Don Kelly RF SS
8. Jhonny Peralta SS
9. Brandon Inge 3B
Max Scherzer P
Umpires: CB Bucknor HP, Dan Iassogna 1B, Dale Scott 2B, Jerry Meals 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: 52 degrees, partly cloudy
Clincher: The Yankees have already clinched the home season series against the Tigers after winning the first two games. The other series against them is a four-game get together May 2-5 at Comerica Park. The Yankees have dropped only two home season series against the Tigers since 1995, going 14-2-1. The Yankees have lost just three overall season series against them in the last 19 years. They come in at 48-26 against them since the beginning of the 2001 season.
Twin killing: The Yankees open a four-game series against visiting Minnesota Monday night, another team they have dominated. They have taken 11 of the last 13 regular-season games against Minnesota, 17 of 19 counting the last two ALDS. The Yankees are 30-6 vs. the Twins at Yankee Stadium since 2002, and that includes the postseason.
A-Rod moving up: Alex Rodriguez needs just one RBI to tie Dave Winfield’s total of 1,834 for 15th on the all-time list.
3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter begins the game 72 hits away.
Update, 1:17: Not a good beginning for Phil Hughes. Looked like he grooved a slider/cutter to Miguel Cabrera, and he hit that two-run homer a long way to left. Hughes tried to refine that pitch and his changeup in spring training.
Update, 1:28: Nice running catch by Ryan Raburn near the left-field fence to rob A-Rod of a double and end the first after Teixeira’s single.
Update, 1:37: Joe Girardi expressed curiosity the last two days about what Hughes’ velocity would be after throwing in the 88-90 during spring training. He wondered if Hughes would be up at 93-94 like last year. So far I’ve seen one 92, but mostly it’s been 89-90. It’s 2-0 still heading for the last of the second.
Update, 1:42: It’s 2-2. Jorge Posada’s ball landed in the second deck in right, his first homer of the season. The Yankees now have six homers on the young season.
Update, 2:00: Leadoff walk, stolen base and RBI bloop single to center by Brennan Boesch, and now Cabrera has hit another rocket for a two-run homer, 88 mph fastball down the middle. It’s 5-2 in the third. Hughes is another guy who needs to be more consistent this season, although he won a lot of games last year.
Update, 2:03: Bartolo Colon is warming. But Hughes got of the inning just now.
Update, 2:09: The third inning and we already have eight runs. Mark Teixeira’s third homer in three games cuts it to 5-3.
Update, 2:10: The third inning and we already have nine runs. Robinson Cano’s fly ball homer down the right-field line cuts it to 5-4. It’s Cano’s first of the season.
Update, 2:13: Raburn botched Posada’s liner to left, dropping it for an error. So it’s second and third with two outs.
Update, 2:17: Granderson strands the runners with a fly to right-center. Think this is the end of the scoring in this game?
Update, 2:24: Hughes escaped the fourth with just a single allowed. Colon was warming again. I believe Hughes is at 90 pitches already.
Update, 2:30: Colon is still throwing in the pen here in the bottom of the fourth, so maybe Hughes is done. We’ll see.
Update, 2:37: Hughes is done. Not a job well done. Five runs, five hits, two homers, two walks, one K, four innings. Colon will make his Yankees debut.
Update, 2:42: This Bartolo Colon as the long man venture isn’t off to a good start. He just served up a leadoff single to Ramon Santiago, and Brennan Boesch followed with a shot to the front row of the second deck in right.
Update, 2:57: Another homer for Posada, two-run shot to the Yankees’ bullpen. It’s 7-6. It’s his 17th multihomer game.
Update, 3:10: Colon isn’t looking so hot. Single, walk, double, it’s 8-6 in the sixth.
Update, 3:12: Sac fly, 9-6.
Update, 3:37: The Yankees are never out of a game with this lineup. Nick Swisher’s RBI double here in the seventh makes it a two-run deficit.
Update, 4:02: Brett Gardner hasn’t excelled leading off today, now 0 for 5 with three Ks after fanning again here in the eighth. Derek Jeter is 0 for 4 with a walk in the two-hole.
Update, 4:17: Joba continues the poor day of pitching by allowing a run in the ninth. The Yankees have given up 14 hits.
Update, 4:28: No undefeated season this year. The Yankees lose the series finale, 10-7.