1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Steve Swisher RF
6. Eric Chavez 3B
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
CC Sabathia P
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Michael Young DH
4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Nelson Cruz RF
6. Mike Napoli 1B
7. David Murphy LF
8. Yorvit Torrealba C
9. Julio Borbon CF
Alexi Ogando P
Time/TV: 8:05, ESPN
Umpires: Fieldin Culbreath HP, Adrian Johnson 1B, Gary Cederstrom 2B, Lance Barksdale 3B
Weather: 57 degrees, mostly cloudy
Happy anniversary: Today’s the 60th anniversary of Mickey Mantle’s first big-league game and Bob Sheppard’s first game as the Yankees’ PA announcer.
Pen authoring good relief: The Yankees’ bullpen has a 1.96 ERA over the last six games.
Cano heating up: Robby Cano comes in with a team-season-best eight-game hitting streak, batting .364 with five doubles, two homers and eight RBI over this stretch.
Oh Ogando: Alexi Ogando is the only pitcher since they started playing with a “live ball” in 1920 to win his first two starts in a season while going at least six innings, giving up two hits or less and yielding no runs.
Update, 8:04: We talked to Alex Rodriguez just before the clubhouse closed. Here’s his quote on whether there’s a possibility of a DL stint after hurting his lower back/oblique and coming out after six yesterday: “I hope not. I’d like to think I pulled myself out hopefully with perfect timing. I felt that if I went out there and took a violent swing, I could have put myself at risk for a couple of weeks.”
Update, 8:17: Not a good beginning for Sabathia. Two-run homer to the left-field seats for Adrian Beltre in the first.
Update, 8:21: Looking forward to seeing Ogando after his great start to the season. It’s first season in the rotation for the Rangers after working in relief when he came up last year.
Update, 8:25: 1-2-3 first for Ogando.
Update, 8:38: Nine-game hitting streak now for Cano, with his fourth homer landing in the right-field seats — 2-1 in the second.
Update, 8:46: You can see Eric Chavez still has that Gold Glove touch at third. Nice pick to start the double play here in the third.
Update, 8:54: Brett Gardner talked pregame about possibly tweaking his patient approach since he has been falling behind in counts. So he just grounded that 1-0 pitch into a 6-6-3 double play after Russell Martin got hit to start the third.
Update, 9:03: Beltre is doing some damage. That RBI single make it 3-1 in the fourth. Also, it has started to rain. There was a sharp bolt of lightning across the sky, plus thunder.
Update, 9:14: The rain has lightened. Ogando has not. He has a one-hitter through four, up 3-1.
Update, 9:21: Nice work by Sabathia to get out of a first-and-second, one-out problem after his bad throw to first.
Update, 9:29: A base hit sighting. Two hits now for the Yankees after that one-out single by Chavez in the fifth. But Nelson Cruz just robbed Posada with a diving catch in right.
Update, 9:32: Two-run homer for Russell Martin – 3-3. Had a 1-on-1 chat with him pregame for an upcoming story about him trying to reestablish himself. He’s doing a good job so far. That was homer No. 4. That also gives the Yankees a franchise-record 26 homers through 14 games.
Update, 9:38: Sabathia can’t handle Beltre. RBI double, 4-3, Texas, in the sixth. The $96 million man is 3 for 3 with all four RBI.
Update, 9:49: Sabathia gets out of the inning. That could be it for him. He’s above 100 pitches. We’ll see. David Robertson had been warming up.
Update, 9:56: It’s a good thing for the Yankees they have this kind of power. The long ball is carrying them again. Curtis Granderson two-run shot, 5-4 Yankees.
Update, 10:04: Sabathia is still in for the seventh. But Joba is warming. Sabathia is at 112 pitches with one out. And now he’s done. Joba is in.
Update, 10:12: Close play at first. Russell Martin threw out Elvis Andrus. First-base coach Gary Pettis has been ejected by Adrian Johnson for arguing the call. Runner on second, two outs.
Update, 10:14: CC now winless in four starts. Joba blows the lead. Michael Young’s ground-rule double to right-center ties it at 5-5.
Update, 10:21: It’s raining again here in the last of the seventh.
Update, 10:27: Ogando is done. Arthur Rhodes is in, first and second, one out.
Update, 10:34: Rafael Soriano is on for the eighth. We’ll see if he can bounce back from yesterday, and pitch well when it’s below 60 degrees.
Update, 10:41: One single and three outs for Soriano – 5-5, last of the eighth.
Update, 10:55: Chavez comes through, two-out RBI single, and it’s 6-5.
Update, 10:57: Bases loaded. Pedro Strop is coming in to pitch to Martin.
Update, 11:03: Strop did his job. Now Mariano for the ninth.
Update, 11:13: Yankees win, 6-5.