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. Andruw Jones LF
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner CF
A.J. Burnett P
1. Denard Span CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2B
3. Joe Mauer C
4. Justin Morneau 1B
5. Jim Thome DH
6. Michael Cuddyer RF
7. Jason Kupel LF
8. Danny Valencia 3B
9. Alexi Casilla SS
Francisco Liriano P
Umpires: Larry Vanover HP, Tony Randazzo 1B, Dan Bellino 2B, Brian Gorman 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: Cold; 45 degrees (38 windchill), cloudy
Mr. April: A.J. Burnett has never lost a start as a Yankee — in April. He’s 6-0 in 11 starts heading into today’s game.
Tex’s start: Mark Teixeira is just the fourth Yankee to hit four homers through the first five games, joining Mickey Mantle (1956), Moose Skowron (1957) and A-Rod (2007). He’s also only the fourth since 1920 with at least 10 RBI in this opening span.
Boston blues: The Red Sox are 0-5 heading into today’s game at Cleveland. Only one team has ever made the playoffs with that kind of start since they started handing out wild cards, the 1995 Reds. Credit the NY Times for that stat. The Yankees play at Fenway tomorrow in the start of a three-game series.
Update, 1:16: Good beginning for Burnett, fanned Joe Mauer on a curve to end the 1-2-3 first.
Update, 1:20: Congrats to the Captain. Derek Jeter just tied Rogers Hornsby and Jake Beckley for 33th on the all-time hits list with 2,930. Leadoff double vs. Liriano.
Update, 1:25: It didn’t look like a fastball, but that had to sting Mark Teixeira, with Liriano hitting him just above the right knee.
Update, 1:29: Robinson Cano has been fairly quiet so far, just flied to center to strand two and end the first.
Update, 1:36: Two walks by Burnett to start the second.
Update, 1:43: Another good job by Burnett to keep his focus and not fall apart; retires three straight to get out of it.
Update, 1:50: it’s 0-0, heading for the third. Liriano has three strikeouts.
Update, 1:54: Oh well, there goes Burnett’s no-hitter, one-out double by Denard Span.
Update, 2:00: Burnett strands Span at third, getting Joe Mauer looking at a 91 mph fastball at the knees.
Update, 2:07: Jeter moves Gardner to third with a grounder after the walk and steal. So Jeter remains five hits behind Barry Bonds on the all-time list. One out.
Update, 2:09: 1-0, Yankees, here in the third. Nick Swisher sac fly to the track in right.
Update, 2:14: Letting the leadoff guys get on could cost Burnett at some point. Justin Morneau just opened the fourth with a double.
Update, 2:16: It just cost him. Jim Thome powered a ball off the center-field fence for an RBI double, 1-1.
Update, 2:21: Burnett is getting hit now. Jason Kubel ripped a double past Teixeira’s glove and down the right-field line, and the Twins are up 2-1.
Update, 2:25: It’s 2-1 heading for the bottom of the fourth.
Update, 2:30: A walk to A-Rod and a single by Cano to start the inning.
Update, 2:36: Good early returns from Andruw Jones. Homer in his first PA the other day and now he rips an RBI double to left – 2-2. Second and third, one out.
Update, 2:39: 3-2, Yankees. Russell Martin gets the RBI grounder to first.
Update, 2:42: 4-2, Yankees. Brett Gardner delivers the bloop RBI single to right. And can you believe the Red Sox will be 0-6 if they don’t rally in the ninth at Cleveland? They’re down 1-0.
Update, 2:45: Can you believe the alleged favorites in the East are 0-6? Sox lose, 1-0, Swept in Cleveland.
Update, 2:58: One infield hit and that was it for the Twins in the fifth. It’s still 4-2.
Update, 3:10: Nice play by Jones, running in a long way and then making a sliding catch off a Jim Thome ball here in the sixth.
Update, 3:11: May be the last inning for Burnett. He’s near 100 pitches. He’s allowed just two runs and five hits and two walks, and he fanned five in six innings. Liriano is done after five. Jeff Manship is coming in to pitch.
Update, 3:19: Burnett is done, Joba is in for the seventh.
Update, 3:26: The Twins have a runner on third with one out after Chamberlain hit Casilla, Casilla stole second and Russell Martin’s throw went into center.
Update, 3:30: 4-3, RBI bouncer to first by Span.
Update, 3:40: 3,000 watch: Jeter is now 69 away. Just beat out an infield hit to third here in the seventh. No. 2,931. He has sole possession of 33rd place. Sorry Jake Beckley and Rogers Hornsby. Barry Bonds, you’re next. Just four from tying. Jose Mijares is coming in to pitch.
Update, 3:48: Hard take-out slide by Swisher at second to break up a potential double play, but second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka is hurt. Swisher’s legs took him out as he tried to throw. Nishioka is putting hardly any weight on his left leg, his arms around two guys helping him off.
Update, 3:52: Swisher may not get up again in this game, so we may not immediately know what the Twins thought of his slide with legs extended to the inside of the base. Rafael Soriano will now try to put his struggles in the last game fully behind him. He’s on to pitch the eighth. Maybe Soriano will even talk about it after the game.
Update, 4:02: Good inning for Soriano, just a leadoff single. Mariano will be on for the ninth.
Update, 4:13: Yankees win, 4-3. Rivera has saved all four victories so far.