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
A.J. Burnett P
1. Jarrod Dyson CF
2. Melky Cabrera LF
3. Eric Hosmer 1B
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Jeff Francoeur RF
6. Wilson Betemit 3B
7. Brayan Pena C
8. Chris Getz 2B
9. Alcides Escobar SS
Vin Mazzaro P
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 65 degrees
Umpires: Ed Rapuano HP, Brian O’Nora 1B, Alfonso Marquez 2B, Ed Hickox 3B
3,000 watch: Derek Jeter needs one hit to tie Sam Crawford for 29th on the all-time list with 2,963 hits. Jeter owns a seven-game hitting streak.
Not exactly road warriors: The Royals have lost seven straight away from home. Their schedule has them playing 41 of their first 64 in Kansas City.
Taking a walk: The Yankees have walked 132 times, tied for third in the majors. They have allowed 103 walks, the fourth fewest in the majors. But the 29-walk positive differential is the largest spread in the majors.
Closing them out: A.J. Burnett has given up just one hit in 18 at-bats with runners on base and two outs.
Update, 7:15: 1-2-3 first for Burnett with two Ks.
Update, 7:27: A-Rod hasn’t truly snapped out of it yet, grounding into that double play to end the first.
Update, 7:37: Two walks, but Burnett works his way out of it in the second.
Update, 7:45: That had to feel good for Posada, got around on a fastball and grounded it hard into right for an RBI single. Robinson Cano just appeared to get his left hand on the plate. Three straight singles to start the inning off Mazzaro, just up from Triple-A to take the start for the injured Bruce Chen.
Update, 8:00: Burnett gets an error, couldn’t pick up the dribbler in front of the plate. But the Royals are still hitless with one gone in the third.
Update, 8:04: The Royals want to be aggressive, but it hasn’t worked so far in this series. Russell Martin throws out another runner to end the inning.
Update, 8:08: Curis Granderson drives the ball to left-center, a solo shot in the third, and it’s 2-0. That’s 12 homers already.
Update, 8:20: Bases loaded, two outs in the third for Martin, who’s been in a slump.
Update, 8:21: Still in a slump, 6-4 force, side retired.
Update, 8:26: Wow, what a shot by the Royals’ hot prospect Eric Hosmer, turning on a fastball and sending it to the second deck in right to start the fourth, his first big-league homer. Fortunately, the fans don’t want opposition homers, so it was thrown back on the field and he can keep it. I had an extensive 1-on-1 chat with Hosmer before the game for a story coming out Friday. His grandparents are from Cold Spring, N.Y. He has his parents here for the game as well. He didn’t seem to be feeling any pressure to be the savior of the franchise when I spoke with him. He got called up last week when he was batting .439 in AAA.
Update, 8:35: Lousy percentage on stealing for Brett Gardner so far. He just got thrown out for the fifth time in 10 tries, following a bunt single.
Update, 8:49: Four walks now for Burnett, two on with two out in the fifth.
Update, 8:50: But he gets out of it. Mazzaro is out after four. Nathan Adcock is pitching. Also, there’s an ESPN.com report out right now that the Yankees won’t be talking to CC Sabathia about his opt-out clause while the season is going on. Brian Cashman says in the report that he expects Sabathia to back.
Update, 8:57: Cano just took a fastball to the helmet. You could hear it up here. But he’s up and smiling and heading to first. But he’s not staying at first. He’s leaving the game. Eduardo Nunez is running for him.
Update, 9:08: Burnett just apparently paid back the Royals, sailing a fastball into Jeff Francoeur’s back. Both teams have been warned now by plate ump Ed Rapuano. First and second, one out.
Update, 9:14: Burnett is out of trouble again. He has a one-hitter through six.
Update, 9:16: Two hits now for Posada, another single.
Update, 9:26: First and second, two outs in the sixth. Tim Collins is coming on for the Royals.
Update, 9:31: 2-1, heading to the seventh.
Update, 9:34: Burnett is out for the seventh, but Luis Ayala and Boone Logan are warming.
Update, 9:40: That should be it for Burnett, one run, one hit, five walks and one hit batter through seven. I believe he’s at 115 pitches. Much better than the last four months of last season, that’s for sure. If he wins, he’ll be 5-2 in eight starts. Aaron Crow will pitch the seventh for the Royals.
Update, 9:44: David Robertson is warming.
Update, 9:56: Bases loaded, two outs for Martin.
Update, 9:58: Bouncer to short, side retired. Good thing for the Yankees the pitching has been good. They’re leaving guys on the bases right and left. Wonder when this team is going to hit consistently. I’m sure it’s coming. Robertson is on for the eighth.
Update, 10:07: Robertson has walked two here in the eighth, one out.
Update, 10:24: Bad bunt by Jeter and a double-play ball from Granderson to kill the eighth after Gardner’s leadoff single. Mariano Rivera is on for the ninth.
Update, 10:30: 1-2-3 for Mariano.
Update, 10:38: First and second, two outs, and it’s up to Posada.
Update, 10:43: Posada fans, extra innings. Buddy Carlyle is on for the 10th. The Yankees have two runs on 11 hits.
Update, 10:47: By my count, the Yankees have left 15 on base.
Update, 10:58: Francoeur gets some payback of his own, lining an RBI double to the right-center gap — 3-2, Royals.
Update, 11:05: Four-pitch walk to Russell Martin by Joakim Soria to start the 10th.
Update, 11:12: Granderson comes through with the two-out RBI single to tie it.
Update, 11:18: Joba is resting tonight. Luis Ayala is warming now that Carlyle has walked the leadoff batter in the 11th. Actually, Ayala is now coming in.
Update, 11:26: Infield hit, intentional walk. So the bases are loaded with one out for Hosmer.
Update, 11:35: After Hosmer’s sac fly, Louis Coleman will try to close it out for the Royals.
Update, 11:42: Yankees lose, 4-3.