Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
CC Sabathia LHP
LHP CC Sabathia (8-4, 3.28)
Sabathia vs. Cubs
Reed Johnson CF
Starlin Castro SS
Jeff Baker 1B
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Geovany Soto C
Lou Montanez RF
D.J. LeMahieu 2B
Randy Wells RHP
RHP Randy Wells (1-1, 5.63)
Wells vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: There was some rain in the forecast, but so far we’ve been fairly lucky.
UMPIRES: HP Todd Tichenor, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Greg Gibson, 3B Sam Holbrook
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY: The Yankees are 17-22 on Father’s Day since the holiday was created in 1972. They’ve gone 5-3 in their past eight Father’s Day games and they’ve played an interleague game on Father’s Day 11 years in a row (13 times overall). The Yankees beat the Cubs at Yankee Stadium on Father’s Da in 2005.
ON THE MARK: Mark Teixeira has hit safely in each of the seven Father’s Day games he’s played in his career. He’s a .285 hitter with two homers and nine RBI on Father’s Day, and last year he hit a grand slam off Johan Santana, driving in all the runs in a 4-0 Father’s Day win for the Yankees.
FINISH STRONG: The Yankees have won eight of their past 10 series finales. They’re 16-7 in series finales this season.
ON THIS DATE: Lou Gehrig was born in New York City on June 19, 1903.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: That’s Gardner’s first career leadoff home run.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: I’m actually a little bit surprised that catchers don’t get bonked by a swing more often. Martin just took a bat to the head, but he’s staying in the game. It’s 1-1 in the third.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Nevermind. It’s 4-1 in the third. Alfonso Soriano just hit a three-run homer to left.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Starlin Castro took his foot off the bag too early and opened the door two a two-run fourth inning for the Yankees (and there are still two runners on with two outs). It’s 4-3.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Martin has been run over at home plate, hit in the head by a bat and now he’s ripped a ball out of Alex Rodriguez’s hand to make an out at first. Weird weekend for the Yankees catcher.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Wow, what a throw by Nunez.
UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Is it weird that Gardner started this game with a home run, and since then it’s been the rest of the Yankees lineup that’s been playing small ball to come from behind and pull even in the sixth? Tied at four after a couple of singles and a sacrifice fly.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Only the Yankees second extra-base hit of the night, but it’s a big one. Nick Swisher’s three-run homer — crushed, by the way — gives the Yankees a 7-4 lead in the eighth.