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
RHP Ivan Nova (4-4, 4.50)
Nova vs. Indians
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Grady Sizemore CF
Carlos Santana C
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Cord Phelps DH
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Jack Hannahan 3B
RHP Fausto Carmona (3-7, 5.33)
Carmona vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Not nearly as hot as the past three days. Actually feels pretty nice out here.
UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B CB Bucknor, 3B Mike Muchlinski
FIRST HIT: Cleveland pitching coach Tim Belcher gave up Derek Jeter’s first career hit on May 30, 1995 in Seattle. Jeter was a career .360 hitter against Belcher (9-for-25) and is now 10 hits away from No. 3,000.
FIRST PLACE: The Yankees current home stand feature three three-game series against teams currently in first place in their division. First Boston, now Cleveland, then Texas. They have a combined winning percentage of .565.
FIRST INNING: Jeter is hitting .357 with four doubles, two home runs and seven walks when leading off innings this season. When leading off the first inning he has reached in 23 of 49 appearances (17 hits, four walks and two HBPs).
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: What team is this? Situational hitting? Two-out RBI singles? Patient at-bats? The Yankees have a quick 3-0 lead and they’re not even through the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Can you tell this team’s a little fired up? Teixeira obviously wasn’t happy and he let Carmona know about it, but of all people it was Joe Girardi and Manny Acta who went toe-to-toe and face-to-face in the scrum.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Gardner tripled to center, but he was held to a double because he was about to run right past Jorge Posada who was in front of him on the bases. It’s 5-0 Yankees in the third.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Career homer No. 625 for Rodriguez — No. 12 for the season — has given the Yankees a 6-0 lead in the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Nova’s shown some cracks the past two innings, but he’s opened the seventh inning with a strikeout, then got a ground out and he’s already matched the second-longest outing of his career. It’s 7-2 Yankees in the top of the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Teixeira’s three-run double in the seventh makes it a 10-2 Yankees lead, and now Rodriguez has followed with an RBI double to make it 11-2.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Maybe those control problems haven’t gone away completely. Whelan’s walked three of the first five big league batters he’s faced. He had six walks in 27 innings in Triple-A.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Rough debut for Whelan. Four walks in two-thirds of an inning. Here’s Sanit.