1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Brett Gardner LF
9. Francisco Cervelli C
Ivan Nova P
Blue Jays lineup
1. Rajai Davis CF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Adam Lind 1B
5. Juan Rivera LF
6. J.P. Arencibia C
7. David Cooper DH
8. Edwin Encarnacion 3B
9. John McDonald 2B
Jesse Litsch P
Weather: 64, partly cloudy
Umpires: Laz Diaz HP, Scott Barry 1B, John Hirschbeck 2B, Wally Bell 3B
Quiet bats: Jorge Posada is batting just .125 and is 0 for his last 18 and 1 for his last 28. A-Rod is 3 for his last 23 and 5 for his last 32.
Tex’s better start: Last April, Mark Teixeira hit .136 with two homers and nine RBI in April. This time through April, Teixeira was at .256 with six homers and 16 RBI.
Early risers: The Yankees have outscored teams 24-7 in the first inning and 24-8 in the second through 24 games.
Starters step up: The Yankees’ starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 2.40 over the last 12 games.
3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter begins the game 51 hits from the magic number.
Update, 1:16: Nice 1-2-3 start for Nova, helped by Curtis Granderson’s running grab on the track to end it.
Update, 1:17: Kevin Millwood has just opted out of his contract with the Yankees. So he will be leaving AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He had that May 1 opt-out date. It’s just that he got shelled in his last start down there.
Update, 1:23: No. 7 for Mark Teixeira, landing in the right-center seats. So it’s 1-0. The Yankees have now homered in 21 of their 25 games.
Update, 1:28: Nova gives the run right back. Solo homer by Adam Lind off the screen adjacent to the left-field foul pole here in the second.
Update, 1:35: First career hit for David Cooper, bloop single to right. So Nova is facing a first-and-second, one-out problem.
Update, 1:38: Foul out and fly ball, and Nova gets out of it.
Update, 1:46: Another harmless bouncer to second by Posada to end the second, now 0 for 19, 1 for 29, and 9 for 73 on the season. Is this all that’s left? Guess we’ll see soon enough.
Update, 2:00: Now 2-1 Jays in the third thanks to Rajai Davis’ two steals and a groundout by Jose Bautista.
Update, 2:08: Litsch is having control problem here in the third, walking Brett Gardner on four pitches and then hitting Derek Jeter with one out.
Update, 2:09: Granderson single, bases packed for Teixeira.
Update, 2:10: Oh well, 4-6-3 double play.
Update, 2:23: Swisher hits into a 3-6-1 double play to kill the fourth. This lineup theoretically shouldn’t be struggling this much. The Yankees have three hits to show for the last 10 innings, including the final six yesterday. So they’re down 2-1 heading to the fifth.
Update, 2:27: Leadoff single for Rajai Davis, not the guy you want to have on the bases if you’re Nova and Cervelli.
Update, 2:29: OK, I stand corrected. He was the guy they wanted on the bases. Cervelli bounced the throw to second and still got him stealing, making Davis five of seven in steal attempts.
Update, 2:37: Finally, a hit for Posada here in the fifth, hustled a liner into right for a double, snapping the 0-for-19 skid.
Update, 2:41: Nice stop by Escobar at short, but it’s an RBI groundout for Cervelli — 2-2.
Update, 2:44: Gardner made a mistake trying for a third on a grounder to short by Jeter, but he outran his mistake thanks to his speed. So it’s first and third, one out.
Update, 2:48: Three-run homer to right for Granderson, No. 8 for him. And it’s 5-2. Kevin Long really worked wonders with him.
Update, 3:06: Nova has worked out of trouble nicely in this game, stranding three in scoring position and six overall through his first six innings.
Update, 3:12: Nova is starting the seventh, but David Robertson is warming.
Update, 3:16: Nova is done after a one-out walk, nice ovation for him.
Update, 3:26: First and second, two outs. Boone Logan is coming on.
Update, 3:30: Logan went behind the back with his glove to snare that bouncer up the middle by Adam Lind, side retired.
Update, 3:36: Litsch is done after a leadoff walk to Gardner here in the seventh. Casey Janssen is the new pitcher.
Update, 3:40: Gardner is caught stealing.
Update, 3:44: Jeter strikes out on a wild pitch and reaches first. He’s now 0 for 3.
Update, 3:49: John Farrell pinch ran for Bautista in the seventh. The announcement just came down that he left with neck tightness. Rafael Soriano is on to start the eighth.
Update, 3:58: Carlos Villanueva will come on for the last of the eighth for the Jays after Soriano’s one-walk outing.
Update, 4:02: Something’s up. Eric Chavez is hitting for Cano. And he has grounded out weakly. Mariano Rivera is trotting in for the ninth. Eduardo Nunez is playing second now.
Update, 4:09: 1-2-3 for Rivera. He now has 10 saves. Yankees win, 5-2.