1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Nick Swisher RF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Jorge Posada DH
7. Russell Martin C
8. Andruw Jones LF
9. Curtis Granderson CF
CC Sabathia P
1. Denard Span CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2B
3. Joe Mauer C
4. Delmon Young LF
5. Michael Cuddyer 1B
6. Jason Kubel DH
7. Danny Valencia 3B
8. Jason Repko RF
9. Alexi Casilla SS
Brian Duensing P
Umpires: Brian Gorman (crew chief) HP, Larry Vanover 1B, Tony Randazzo 2B, Dan Bellino 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: (Hint: I’m wearing my down jacket and I’m still cold) 45 degrees (38 with the windchill), partly cloudy
Twin struggles: The Twins have now lost 12 of their last 14 regular-season games and 18 of 20 overall to the Yankees, including six straight over the last two postseasons.
Milestones: Alex Rodriguez needs one RBI to pass Rafael Palmeiro (1,835) and tie Ken Griffey Jr. (1,836) for 13th on the all-time list. Jorge Posada needs one hit to tie Phil Rizzuto for 14th on the Yankees’ all-time hits list with 1,588.
Golden moment: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira all received their 2010 Rawling Gold Glove Awards in a pregame ceremony. The trophies will be on display on the 200 Level, across from the team museum, tomorrow from 5 p.m. through the end of the seventh.
3,000 Watch: Jeter begins the game 72 hits away.
Update, 7:13: Good start for Sabathia, a 1-2-3-4 first with just a walk in there.
Update, 7:20: Homer No. 4 for Mark Teixeira, three-run shot to the left-field seats. The Yankees are picking up where they left off with Brian Duensing in the ALDS.
Update, 7:36: Good job by Sabathia to get out of trouble after two singles with one out in the second.
Update, 7:43: Nice debut for Andruw Jones, solo homer to left here in the second. He’s the 13th Yankee in the expansion era to homer in his first plate appearance for the team.
Update, 8:03: Through three, and it’s 4-0.
Update, 8:10: Sabathia looks in complete control. That’s eight Twins in a row now that he has put down. So it’s 4-0 going to the last of the fourth.
Update, 8:36: Sabathia now has a two-hitter through his first six innings, hard to envision the Twins coming back. Amazing how the Yankees beat them just about every game. But we’ll see what happens.
Update, 8:52: David Robertson is warming with Sabathia at 102 pitches now with two outs in the seventh.
Update, 8:53: If that’s it for tonight for Sabathia, that was quite an impressive show. He retired his last 17 batters. It’s 4-0 heading to the last of the seventh.
Update, 9:01: Rafael Soriano is warming.
Update, 9:08: Soriano will take the eighth.
Update, 9:20: Soriano has walked two, and there’s one out. Robertson and Boone Logan are warming.
Update, 9:21: Single, bases loaded for Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
Update, 9:23: K looking, 92 fastball. Now Joe Mauer.
Update, 9:26: Bad job by Soriano, walking Mauer to force in the run. Robertson is coming in.
Update, 9:32: Well, tie game, bloop three-run double to right by Delmon Young. Never thought this about 10 minutes ago.
Update, 9:40: Mariano for the ninth, tied 4-4.
Update, 9:49: Mariano did his job, 4-4, last of the ninth.
Update, 9:56: Extra innings. Boone Logan on for the 10th. The windchill is down to 36 and the temp to 44 here. Amazing Sabathia is getting his second no-decision.
Update, 9:58: Luis Ayala is warming. Logan is still on his first batter.
Update, 10:02: First and third, no outs against Logan.
Update, 10:04: Mauer RBI single, 5-4. Horrendous night for the pen. Ayala’s turn.
Update, 10:24: Joe Nathan closes it out, fanning Jeter to end it. Yankees fall, 5-4. Terrible loss.