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 Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.39)
Colon vs. Indians
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Grady Sizemore CF
Carlos Santana 1B
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Matt LaPorta DH
Cord Phelps 2B
Jack Hannahan 3B
Lou Marson C
RHP Mitch Talbot (2-2, 4.18)
Talbot vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Gray, windy and cooler. Looks like rain is in the forecast, too. Excellent!
UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Dale Scott
JORGE HITTING: Jorge Posada has four straight multi-hit games, matching his career-high stretch (he’s done it three other times). Posada is 10-for-16 over the four games and has raised his average to .215.
FAMILIAR FACE: Bartolo Colon faces his former team today, as the Indians signed him as a non-drafted free agent in 1993. He went 75-45 with a 3.92 ERA in 162 games with Cleveland before being traded to the Expos (!) in 2002.
TARGET PRACTICE: Think the Yankees have been hit by a lot of pitches this year? You’re not wrong. They’ve been plunked seven times already on this homestand and 32 times in 2011, second-most in the majors behind the White Sox (40).
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Two strikeouts to start the game for Colon, who used a pretty two-seamer to get Michael Brantley looking then whiffed Asdrubal Cabrera on a four-seamer.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Nice round of cheers for Jorge Posada, who has been on a (relative) tear of late, as noted above. Posada then promptly grounds into a 3-6-3 double play on the first pitch.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: It’s amazing to me that Brett Gardner has been caught stealing as much as he has. The ball beat him to the bag on that one by at least a step and he’s now 13-for-21 on steal attempts. That’s brutal.
UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Winds are swirling hard but no problem for A-Rod, who crushes a liner over the left-field fence for his 13th home run of the year. It’s 1-0 Yanks.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: In a bizarre turn of events, Mitch Talbot has been ejected for hitting A-Rod with a pitch. Talbot immediately protested when plate ump Dan Iassogna tossed him, pointing at the mound and claiming that he slipped on the wet dirt. Iassogna wasn’t interested and Talbot is gone. It’s 2-0 Yankees in the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: For the second time in half an hour, we’ve had a long wait while a pitcher gets all the time he needs to warm-up. This time it was Dave Robertson, who came on for Bartolo Colon after Colon pulled up lame covering first base. Hard to say how serious Colon’s injury is, but he was limping and there didn’t seem to be much question as to whether he could continue.
UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Just got word from the Yankees: Strained left hamstring for Colon. Obviously we’ll find out more after the game, but you’d have to think Hector Noesi could be a candidate to get a start if Colon has to miss one.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: That would have been a surprising escape if it’d been anyone else, but Robertson is making a career out of this stuff. Single, single, balk … and then three straight strikeouts to keep the game at 3-0. Robertson needs to be more efficient, to be sure, but his ability can’t be doubted.