Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP CC Sabathia (2-2, 2.68)
Sabathia vs. Rangers
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
David Murphy LF
Yorvit Torrealba C
Craig Gentry RF
Julio Borbon CF
RHP Dave Bush (0-0, 1.46)
Bush vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 2:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: It’s a day game in Texas. The weather is exactly as you probably expect: Lots of sunshine with temperatures in the 80s, possibly reaching into the 90s. Wind blowing right to left, though it probably doesn’t have a huge impact with these stands stretching so high on every side.
UMPIRES: HP Mike DiMuro, 1B Andy Fletcher, 2B Tim Welke, 3B Jim Reynolds
HANGING ON: The Yankees open today in a tie for first place in the American League East. They had sole possession the past 24 days (since April 14).
IT’S GOING TO TAKE A HUGE GAME: Derek Jeter tied Willie Keeler last night, moving into 30th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. Jeter needs seven hits to move up another spot and tie Sam Crawford for 29th place. Jeter has 2,956 hits… Alex Rodriguez is 15 RBI away from tying Mel Ott for ninth place on baseball’s RBI list.
CAN’T BLAME THE ROTATION: Pulled straight from the Yankees game notes: Over their last 19 games (since 4/16) Yankees starters have posted a 2.96 combined ERA (124.2IP, 41ER), going 8-5, while the club has gone 11-8…over their first 12 games of the season, Yankees starters had a 5.90 combined ERA (61.0IP, 40ER) while going 4-3 (team went 7-5).
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Not a good start for Sabathia, and he wasn’t helped by a bad throw from Rodriguez and a misplay by Gardner. Two walks and two errors in the first inning. Is that good?
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: An inning typical of this road trip: The Yankees got some guys on base, scattered some singles and failed to turn a big opportunity into a big inning.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: The results have been much better the past two innings, but Sabathia’s command is clearly not what the Yankees are used to seeing. He’s already thrown 78 pitches through four innings.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Jeter’s first home run of the season is his third hit of the game, raising his batting average to .275. He snapped a streak of 259 at-bats without a home run. It’s now 4-3.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: At least that was a productive out by Rodriguez. Is that considered a step in the right direction? Either way, the Yankees have tied the game at 4.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Cano is 0-for-3 and he’s seen a total of five pitches. This is what he does. When it works, he’s one of the best hitters in the game. When it doesn’t, I have to assume he’s one of the most frustrating.
UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: This was Joe Girardi’s comment pregame: “Even when CC’s not sharp, we still have a chance to win games.”
Sabathia has not been sharp — and his defense has let him down — but he’s giving the Yankees a chance to win this game.
UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: Second home run for Jeter. He’s hitting .281 now, and the Yankees are in front 5-4. This is Jeter’s 10th multi-homer game, his first since June of last season.
UPDATE, 4:26 p.m.: And Granderson makes it back-to-back. It’s now 6-4.
UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Rangers cut the lead to one in the bottom of the seventh, and now the Yankees have the benefit of a blown call to open the eighth. It’s 6-5.
UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli grand slam. There was some serious fist pumping going on when he got to first base, and Gardner had to be told that the ball went over the fence, otherwise he was going to run over Posada on his way around third.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: And now a two-run homer by Teixeira. It’s 12-5 in the eighth.