Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
RHP A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.93)
Burnett vs. Tigers
Don Kelly CF
Scott Sizemore 2B
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez C
Magglio Ordonez DH
Ryan Raburn LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Ramon Santiago SS
RHP Rick Porcello (1-2, 4.25)
Porcello vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Detroit saved the best for last. This is easily the nicest day of the series, a good time for a day game. Temperatures are supposed to get into the 60s during the game.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Bill Welke
YANKEES TRIPLE CROWN: Robinson Cano has at least a share of the Yankees team lead in batting average (.296), home runs (eight) and RBI (21). He’s tied for second in the American League and fifth in the majors in homers.
THREE TO WEE: Derek Jeter needs three hits to match Willie Keeler for 30th on baseball’s all-time hits list. Probably won’t get those three today, though.
IF YOU BUILD IT: On this day in 1922, the construction contract for the original Yankee Stadium was award to the White Construction Company in New York. It was stipulated that the stadium should be completed “at a definite price” of $2.5 million by Opening Day 1923. It was finished in just 284 working days.
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Burnett might have needed a quick second inning like that. He threw 20 pitches in that first inning. It’s still 1-0 Tigers on a hit batter, Burnett’s pickoff error and a sac fly in the first.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Another quick and easy inning for Burnett. He didn’t seem especially sharp in that first inning, but he’s looked good since then.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Chavez seemed to be having trouble after he rounded second base. He’s pulled with some sort of injury — I’d guess back, but they seemed to be checking his lower leg/foot/ankle — and Rodriguez is off the bench as a pinch runner. That doesn’t happen too often.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Cano opens the fifth inning with his second hit of the game. Still waiting on an update on Chavez.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Obviously I wasn’t watching the dugout, but word is that a fan jumped or fell into the Yankees dugout just before the bottom of the sixth inning. Not sure what exactly happened. There was some sort of commotion, but Girardi seemed completely uninterested.
UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Burnett had a no-hitter when this inning started. Now he’s allowed two hits and the game is tied at 2.
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: The Yankees have legitimately hit some balls hard this afternoon, but they don’t have much to show for it and it’s shaping up to be another game in which the lineup really struggles behind a starter who’s pitching pretty well.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Burnett got himself into trouble, and he earned the sacrifice fly that put the Tigers in the lead, but a two-run throwing error by Eduardo Nunez could be really costly. It’s now 5-2 Tigers.
*** UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Eric Chavez update ***
Chavez has a small fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.