Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Freddy Garcia (4-5, 3.86)
Garcia vs. Indians
Michael Brantley CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Grady Sizemore DH
Carlos Santana 1B
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Austin Kearns LF
Jack Hannahan 3B
RHP Josh Tomlin (7-3, 3.71)
Tomlin vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network / TBS
WEATHER: Gray, but a little warmer than yesterday with less wind.
UMPIRES: HP CB Bucknor, 1B Mike Muchlinski, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Dan Iassogna
LONG TIME COMING: Yesterday’s 4-0 win was only the second time the Yankees have shutout an opponent this season and their first shutout at home since Sept. 2, 2010 vs. Oakland.
MR. 400: Joe Girardi picked up his 400th career win as a manager yesterday, 322 of which have come with the Yankees. Girardi was also 78-84 during his one season managing the Florida Marlins.
A PAINFUL RECORD: As has been chronicled, the Yankees have had at least player hit by a pitch in five straight games, which is one shy of their longest streak since 1920 . On two occasions have they had six-game stretches of HBPs: From Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2010 and May 16-21, 2006.
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: We’re underway here, and I’m hearing that Rex Ryan is also in the house today. Unfortunately, the NFL guys don’t have a lot going on these days …
UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Jeter gave that one a ride to center but Michael Brantley got a good jump and tracked it over his shoulder well to pull it in on the track. Still stuck on 2,991 for the Captain.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: That’s another hit for Posada, who now has a six-game hitting streak and is 11-for-20 during that stretch. Alas, his replacement, Russell Martin, then grounds into a double-play. Still scoreless here going to the third.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: After another long fly out – this one to right – Jeter has about 700 feet of outs so far this afternoon. Say this: He seems to be seeing the ball well.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: And Granderson hits his own fly to deep right that scores Gardner. It’s 1-0 Yanks.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Garcia is working at it today but avoiding damage. A big strikeout and groundout there to strand Choo on third and keep a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Maybe it’s just me but Martin still looks a little cautious in his movements. Not sure how much that has to do with his two double-play grounders, but just sayin’.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: How about that – the softest-hit ball Jeter has today is the one that drops in for No. 2,992. It’s an RBI for the Captain and 2-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: The Yankees have blown it open in the fifth here, with six hits and five runs as nine men go to the plate against Tomlin. Suddenly, Garcia has some serious cushion. It’s 6-0.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Can’t blame Martin for several of these steals. Cleveland looks to be stealing right off Garcia’s move.
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Close the book on Tomlin: 5 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2K.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: That’s it for the shutout streak – 15 1/3 innings – and that’s it for Freddy, too. Garcia is gone with one on and two out in the seventh, getting a nice ovation from the fans as he goes.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Ayala on to pitch now and Dickerson replaces Swisher in right field. Still 6-1.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Yup, that’s Cervelli at third base. Nunez at short. Whelan on the mound. It’s 9-1.