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
LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.25)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Scott Strickland 2B
Magglio Ordonez DH
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Ryan Raburn LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Casper Wells RF
Alex Avila C
Brandon Inge 3B
RHP Brad Penny (1-3, 6.11)
Penny vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: It’s been pretty rainy all day, but right now things look OK. The tarp was on and then off the field about four hours ago. Both teams took batting practice on the field.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Tom Tschida, 3B Jeff Nelson
NEW GUY AT SECOND: Before tonight’s game, the Tigers recalled Scott Strickland from Triple-A and put him in the lineup, batting second between the struggling duo of Austin Jackson and Magglio Ordonez. He was hitting .408 with seven doubles, a triple and two home runs with Toledo. He was leading the International League in batting average and on-base percentage. Will Rhymes was optioned to make room for Sizemore.
THREE IN A ROW: Mariano Rivera has picked up a save three days in a row for the first time since July of 2009. He’s saved three straight games 29 times in his career and has saved three straight days 22 times.
ELEVEN IN A HURRY: Speaking of Rivera, this is the earliest he’s ever reached 11 saves in a season. The previous best was reaching 11 saves on May 5 in 2004. That season started on March 30 — this year on March 31 — and by May 5 the Yankees had played 27 games. They’ve played 26 this year. It goes without saying that when Rivera does something he’s never done before, it’s pretty incredible.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Hard to start an inning with back-to-back doubles and not give up some runs. Sabathia allowed doubles to Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore to start the bottom of the first, and now they’ve scored on a ground ball and a sac fly. It’s 2-0 Tigers.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: The Yankees put two on in each of the first two innings but couldn’t take advantage. Now they’ve gone down in order in the third.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Russell Martin’s RBI double has the Yankees on the board, but Andruw Jones was out by several feet trying to score on a fly ball to right. The Yankees managed to score but not quite tie and it’s 2-1 Tigers in the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: RBI triple by Austin Jackson pushed the Tigers lead to 3-1 in the fifth, and Scott Sizemore followed with an RBI single to make it 4-1. Sabathia seems to have been battling all night.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Sabathia’s night has gone about as well as he could have hoped considering he doesn’t have it tonight.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Sabathia is struggling and the lineup’s not driving in runs. Can’t add bad base running on top of it all. That’s an ugly top of the sixth and it’s still a 4-1 Tigers lead.