1. Derek Jeter DH
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Brett Gardner LF
8. Eduardo Nunez SS
9. Francisco Cervelli C
Ivan Nova P
1. Mike Aviles 2B
2. Melky Cabrera CF
3. Alex Gordon LF
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Jeff Francoeur RF
6. Eric Hosmer 1B
7. Wilson Betemit 3B
8. Matt Treanor C
9. Alcides Escobar SS
Sean O’Sullivan P
Weather: Fair, 57 degrees
Umpires: Brian O’Nora HP, Alfonso Marquez 1B, Ed Hickox 2B, Ed Rapuano 3B
Happy birthday: Yogi Berra turned 86 today.
3,000 watch: Derek Jeter still needs one hit to tie Sam Crawford for 29th on the all-time list with 2,963 hits after going 0 for 6 last night.
Second best: Despite going 4-5 in their last nine games, the Yankees have the second-best winning percentage in the AL (.588) behind the surprising Indians (.657).
Rubber game: The Yankees have not lost a home series this season (5-0-1) heading into this deciding game. They are 8-3 in series finales, including 5-1 in home-series finales.
Update, 7:18: Jeff Francoeur has been tough this series, but Ivan Nova strikes him out to get out of the second-and-third, two-out jam in the first.
Update, 7:24: A punchless 1-2-3 first for the Yankees against Sean O’Sullivan.
Update, 7:27: Hosmer does it again, solo homer, the second in two nights for the impressive rookie.
Update, 7:35: Shaky inning for the Yankees defensively with Robinson Cano’s throwing error and Francisco Cervelli’s passed ball. It’s 2-0 thanks to Mike Aviles’ infield hit. One out, first and third.
Update, 7:37: Melky hits against his old team again, RBI double, 3-0, second and third, one out.
Update, 7:39: The inning is officially a disaster for the Yankees. Cervelli threw a pickoff attempt of Cabrera into center, 4-0.
Update, 7:44: Nova drops a comebacker and can only get the out at first, 5-0. Then Francoeur singles to right, 6-0, and takes second on the throw. But the inning is now over, three runs earned, three unearned.
Update, 7:52: 1-2-3 second for O’Sullivan. The drought continues.
Update, 7:56: They just announced that four of the six runs in the second were actually unearned.
Update, 8:05: Nova gets out of the third with just one hit allowed. Now let’s see if the Yankees can get a hit.
Update, 8:09: Perfect game through three for O’Sullivan.
Update, 8:12: Melky does it again, solo homer, his second of the series. It’s 7-0. Alex Gordon followed with a double over Curtis Granderson’s head. Nova is hearing it from the crowd. Amauri Sanit is warming.
Update, 8:14: RBI single for Billy Butler, 8-0. Nova is done. Ups and downs of a young pitcher. This is Sanit’s MLB debut.
Update, 8:35: Teixeira just missed a homer, flying to the wall in right-center. Perfect game through four.
Update, 8:43: Sanit looks good so far, two innings, one hit. It’s 8-0 bottom of the fifth.
Update, 8:47: Finally a hit, one out in the fifth, Robinson Cano solo shot to right. Nick Swisher follows with a line double to right. There is a pulse.
Update, 8:54: O’Sullivan suddenly looks shaky, bases loaded, one out.
Update, 8:57: Cervelli rips a two-run double over Gordon’s head in left, 8-3.
Update, 8:59: The Yankees are getting back in the neighborhood, 8-4 after Jeter’s sac fly.
Update, 9:10: RBI double for Hosmer, first three-hit game of his six-game career. So the neighborhood is farther away; it’s 9-4 in the sixth.
Update, 9:13: Bases loaded, two outs for Alcides Escobar.
Update, 9:14: Sanit gets out of it with just the one run allowed.
Update, 9:40: Seeing-eye single through the middle for Jeter, hit No. 2,963. First and third, two outs in the seventh. O’Sullivan is leaving. Blake Wood will be the new pitcher.
Update, 9:45: Granderson fouls out, another empty inning on the scoreboard.
Update, 9:50: Francoeur is taking a beating. A.J. Burnett drilled him in the back last night and Sanit just drilled him in the hand here in the eighth.
Update, 9:55: Sanit just hit Treanor, and now the reliever is being taken out. Buddy Carlyle is coming on. The bases loaded are loaded with two outs, but you can’t complain about Sanit. He saved the bullpen with the Red Sox coming. So far Sanit is charged with just one run in 4 2/3.
Update, 9:59: Carlyle gives up a two-run double to Escobar, 11-4.
Update, 10:08: A-Rod’s solo homer in the eighth snapped a streak of 65 at-bats without one. This was No. 619.
Update, 10:30: Yankees lose, 11-5.