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. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
Freddy Garcia P
1. Chris Getz 2B
2. Melky Cabrera CF
3. Alex Gordon LF
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Jeff Francoeur RF
6. Eric Hosmer 1B
7. Mike Aviles 3B
8. Matt Treanor C
9. Alcides Escobar SS
Kyle Davies P
Weather: Fair, 64 degrees
Umpires: Ed Hickox HP, Ed Rapuano 1B, Brian O’Nora 2B, Alfonso Marquez 3B
Power Outage: Alex Rodriguez hasn’t homered since April 23 in Baltimore. Maybe Davies’ appearance will help. He gave up A-Rod’s 500th homer.
3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter is 40 hits away.
Running Royals: Kansas City leads the majors in steals with 42, coming in 49 tries.
Pitching change: Tomorrow night’s scheduled starter for the Royals, lefty Bruce Chen, has been put on the DL with a lat strain. Righty Vin Mazzaro is being called up from AAA Omaha to take the start.
Update, 7:16: Good job by Freddy Garcia to strand Chris Getz at third with two outs after a bad job holding him close to second, resulting in a steal.
Update, 7:22: 1-2-3 breeze for Davies in the first.
Update, 7:27: 1-2-3 breeze for Garcia in the second.
Update, 7:32: 1-2-3 breeze for Davies in the second. This is getting redundant. No carryover so far for the Yankees from the 12-run eruption in Texas Sunday.
Update, 7:38: That was strange. Looked like the umpires were calling a balk on Garcia after he stepped off and got Matt Treanor trying to steal second. But it does go as a caught stealing after some confusion.
Update, 7:47: Finally a Yankees hit. Brett Gardner with a stand-up triple with two outs in the third.
Update, 7:50: The Captain apparently hasn’t forgotten how to hit after all. Ground single to left-center for Jeter, 1-0 Yankees. He’s now 5 for his last 8.
Update, 7:59: Quite a shot by Melky over the center-field fence to tie it here in the fourth. He said something to his pal Cano on the way around the bases.
Update, 8:14: There were two on and one out for the Yankees in the fourth. But Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher still can’t break free from their season-long problems. Threat over.
Update, 8:21: Two on, one out for the Royals after back-to-back singles here in the fifth.
Update, 8:25: Nice diving backhand catch by Swisher to rob Getz and end the inning.
Update, 8:33: Another hit for Jeter, now 2 for 3. He hit .393 on the road trip. First and second, one out in the fifth.
Update, 8:38: Teixeira is hit by the pitch, bases loaded, two outs for A-Rod, who’s overdue.
Update, 8:43: A single works fine, two-run grounder into left-center, and it’s 3-1.
Update, 8:51: Garcia works a 1-2-3 sixth. He’s having a very efficient game. I believe he’s at just 78 pitches. The Yankees really couldn’t have asked for more out of their fifth starter so far this game and this season.
Update, 8:54: Long single off the base of the wall in right-center for Swisher to start the sixth. A good sign from a slumping bat? We’ll see. Anyway, Davies is done. Tim Collins is coming on.
Update, 9:01: Posada goes down swinging and Swisher is caught stealing on the play. Posada is now 0 for 3 after starting the game at .152.
Update, 9:05: Leadoff single for Francoeur in the seventh. David Robertson is warming.
Update, 9:09: Garcia is done after a single and walk to start the inning. Still, a very nice job, right now one run and six hits allowed. Robertson is in.
Update, 9:16: Francoeur steals third. Firat and third, one out. Very close, but I think he was safe.
Update, 9:18: Robertson walks Matt Treanor. Bases loaded.
Update, 9:22: Nice curve by Robertson. Alcides Escobar goes down swinging for the second out. Big moment here with Chris Getz.
Update, 9:25: Getz tried to check his swing but couldn’t according to Ed Hickox. Strike three on a low inside pitch. That call could’ve gone either way, I think.
Update, 9:35: Joba is coming on for the eighth. Wonder what’s up with Rafael Soriano.
Update, 9:40: Joba has a 1-2-3 inning. The second strikeout was against Alex Gordon. He went down looking on a 98 mph fastball. Blake Wood will pitch the eighth for K.C.
Update, 9:52: Mariano Rivera will pitch the ninth, up 3-1.
Update, 10:01: Great stab by Rivera to start a game-ending double-play. Yankees win, 3-1.