Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.77)
Colon vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Magglio Ordonez DH
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
Ryan Raburn LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Brandon Inge 3B
RHP Justin Verlander (2-3, 3.64)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: It’s cloudy, with temperatures dipping into the low 50s. Not much wind to speak of — seriously, the flags are almost perfectly still — but what little is blowing seems to be moving from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Jeff Nelson, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Tom Tschida
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: It’s the second of May, and this is only the Yankees eighth road game of the season. They’ve played the fewest road games in the majors, going 4-3 away from Yankee Stadium. This is the first game of a seven-game road trip.
SPREAD THE WEALTH: Ten different Yankee pitchers have recorded a win this season. That’s tied for the most in the big leagues. Cleveland, Kansas City and the Mets also have 10 pitchers with a win.
MARTINEZ WORKING HIS WAY BACK: The Tigers are without catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez, but he is starting a Triple-A rehab assignment tonight and Martinez could be back in the Tigers lineup by Wednesday.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Big two-out, two-run double by Jorge Posada to cap a pretty good at-bat against Justin Verlander. The Detroit ace is already hitting 99 mph with his fastball, but the Yankees have a 2-0 here in the first.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: By the way, warm and positive response for Granderson’s first at-bat, but nothing overwhelming.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Look at that, Eduardo Nunez with an RBI double. Also, Brett Gardner might really be breaking out of this offensive slump. He has a hit in his past six starts, and he’s been taking a ton of walks lately. It’s 3-0 Yankees in the second.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Solo homer by Avila has the Tigers on the board. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead heading into the third.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.:
***PHIL HUGHES UPDATE***
Tests on Phil Hughes were negative for all circulatory and vascular issues.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Bartolo Colon just keeps getting it done. I know it’s hard to be surprised by it at this point, but every time I see him pitch I think back to the first day I saw him in spring training and felt like he had no chance to make this team.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Phil Hughes is apparently going back to New York instead of meeting the Yankees in Detroit. Word is that there’s nothing specific planned for him when he gets there. I assume the Yankees will figure out what to do with him once he gets there.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: This is the second two-homer game of Avila’s career. His second home run tonight has pulled the Tigers into a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Nick Swisher’s RBI single put the Yankees in the lead, and a passed ball sent the Detroit fans scrambling for the exits. It’s now 5-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth.