1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira DH
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Jorge Posada 1B
7. Nick Swisher RF
8. Eduardo Nunez SS
9. Francisco Cervelli C
CC Sabathia LHP
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton LF
4. Michael Young DH
5. Adrian Beltre 3B
6. Nelson Cruz RF
7. Mitch Moreland 1B
8. Yorvit Torrealba C
9. Craig Gentry CF
Alexi Ogando RHP
Weather: Cloudy, 62 degrees
Umpires: Cory Blaser HP, Mike Winters 1B, Mike Everitt 2B, Chris Guccione 3B
3,000 watch: Frozen at 2,994 for at least 15 days while Derek Jeter heals.
Bouncing back: The Yankees are 18-7 in the next game after being shutout dating to the start of 2008.
Grand time vs. Texas: Curtis Granderson is batting .450 (9 for 20) with five homers in six games against the Rangers this season.
Update, 7:48: CC was late breaking and still got over to first to take a flip from Posada for the first out of the game. Sabathia was on time for another flip and the second out.
Update, 7:52: Hamilton goes down swinging, 1-2-3 first.
Update, 7:59: 1-2-3 first for Ogando.
Update, 8:05: 1-2-3 second for Sabathia.
Update, 8:13: First hit of the game, A-Rod’s single through the middle here in the second.
Update, 8:17: Season-high eight-game hitting streak for Posada now, double past the first-base bag. It’s second and third, one out.
Update, 8:22: Bases loaded, one out for The Captain’s replacement, Nunez.
Update, 8:24: Nunez comes through, line single to left, 1-0. Girardi was talking before the game how he had hit the ball better than his .214 average indicated.
Update, 8:27: Cervelli goes down swinging for the second out. He seems to have really regressed offensively and defensively.
Update, 8:28: Two-out half-swing single past third by Gardner, 2-0.
Update, 8:32: Ogando got the ball up and Granderson lined it in to right for a two-run single. He continues to love Texas pitching, now 10 for 21 this season.
Update, 8:34: Lefty Michael Kirkman is warming.
Update, 8:35: Ogando got the fastball up to Teixeira and now it’s 6-0, two-run double to right. Ogando is done. Kirkman is the new pitcher, 1 2/3 for Ogando, who was 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA.
Update, 8:41: A-Rod just missed a homer, flying to wall in the right-center. So it’s 6-o heading for the third.
Update, 8:48: Three perfect innings for Sabathia.
Update, 8:57: Solo homer for Swisher, his sixth of the season.
Update, 9:04: Broken-bat single to center by Ian Kinsler to start the fourth and Elvis Andrus follows with a single.
Update, 9:07: There’s goes the shutout, two-run single to center for Michael Young, 7-2.
Update, 9:08: YES just had an item about Brian Gordon, a 32-year-old righty at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Phillies’ system, opting out and possibly being a candidate to start for the Yankees Thursday. He’s 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA in 12 games, including nine starts. Girardi mentioned Hector Noesi and David Phelps as the candidates before the game.
Update, 9:23: Two-run double to the left-center gap for A-Rod, 9-2, in the fourth.
Update, 9:32: RBI double for Craig Gentry, and it’s 9-3, second and third, no outs in the fifth.
Update, 9:35: RBI groundout for Andrus, 9-4.
Update, 9:44: Yoshinori Tateyama will be the new pitcher after Swisher’s one-out double in the fifth.
Update, 9:51: 9-4, going to the sixth.
Update, 10:02: One-hit sixth for Sabathia.
Update, 10:09: Gardner is having a good game in the leadoff spot in place of Jeter. Infield single, 100th career stolen base, and Granderson cashes him in with his 21st homer. So it’s 11-4. Girardi said he isn’t sure what he’s going to do in the leadoff spot against lefty starters. He mentioned Granderson as a possibility.
Update, 10:17: Cano solo shot to right, and it’s 12-4.
Update, 10:27: Luis Ayala is warming with one out and one on in the Texas seventh.
Update, 10:29: Sabathia gets out of it. I believe he’s at 108 pitches.
Update, 10:38: Ayala takes over in the eighth. Andruw Jones is in left, Gardner moves to center for Granderson and Ramiro Pena takes over for Cano at second.
Update, 10:51: 12-4 headed for the ninth. Gardner has three hits and a walk. Lance Pendleton will try to finish it off.
Update, 11:04: Yankees win, 12-4.