Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Gustavo Molina C
RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
Garcia vs. Rangers
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Julio Borbon CF
LHP Derek Holland (2-0, 2.25)
Holland vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Cold, windy and rain is on the way. Let’s play two!
UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Adrian Johnson, 3B Gary Cederstrom
TWIN KILLINGS: The six double plays that the Yankees grounded into on Friday night tied the all-time AL mark and set a franchise record. I also thought it was interesting that each of the first through sixth hitters in the lineup grounded into one apiece.
HOT ROD: Alex Rodriguez is on the AL leaderboard in almost every major category: Second in batting average, first in runs, tied fourth in home runs, first in OBP, and first in slugging percentage. He’s reached base in all 11 games in which he’s played this season.
BULLY PEN: Yankees relievers have held opponents to three earned runs over the last 20 innings pitched and have posted a combined 3.26 ERA this season.
UPDATE, 1:21 p.m.: That’s Teixeira’s fifth of the season on a 3-2 pitch and it’s 2-0 Yankees. Nice for Freddy to get a lead to work with.
UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: To steal a line from my buddy Anthony McCarron, Cano must still think it’s last night – he grounds into a DP to end the first at 2-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Nice weave out of trouble for Garcia, who put the first two men on in the second inning but worked out of it. Still 2-0.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Pretty nice dive by A-Rod there on Andrus. It’s interesting to see how many more balls he gets to with his hip healthy now.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Walk from Jeter, double from Swish and sac fly from Teixeira sends Freddy back to the mound with a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Good news? We’re through 4 1/2 innings and it’s an official game. Bad news? It’s still raining.
UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Joba does his job and now it’s on to Soriano in the three-man Yankee bullpen relay. The rain has let up a bit here now. Looks like we’ll get all nine in today.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Garcia has absolutely done his job and more – six shutout innings and Joba warming in the pen to start the Yankees relief train.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m. Getting a little hairy here as Rafael Soriano is struggling. After a double, walk and two singles (the last an infield nubber by Michael Young), it’s 3-2 with two on and one out for the Rangers.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Wow, big escape for Soriano. Adrian Beltre missed a three-run home run by about five feet, then grounded into an inning-ending double play to let the Yankees off the hook. They’re clinging to a 3-2 lead with three outs left to get. Mariano up next.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Funny how this game works sometimes: Beltre’s ball just misses the foul pole and, minutes later, Cano bangs one off it to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Mo with a big cushion now.