1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Eduardo Nunez SS
9. Francisco Cervelli C
CC Sabathia LHP
1. Carlos Gonzalez CF
2. Eric Young RF
3. Todd Helton 1B
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Jason Giambi DH
6. Ty Wigginton 3B
7. Ryan Spilborghs LF
8. Chris Nelson 2B
9. Matt Pagnozzi C
Aaron Cook RHP
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 76 degrees
Umpires: Ed Rapuano HP, Brian O’Nora 1B, Alfonso Marquez 2B, Ed Hickox 3B
Day shift: The Yankees are the majors’ best day team, at 20-4. They’re batting .280 with 38 homers in the daylight.
A-Rod’s hot bat: Alex Rodriguez is batting .526 (10 for 19) with five RBI over his last five games and .391 (18 for 46) with two homers and 13 RBI over his last 13 games.
CC chasing 50: If CC Sabathia wins today, it will be his 50th victory in 85 starts as a Yankee. That would match Chien-Ming Wang as the fastest Yankees pitcher to reach 50 over the last 30 years.
Update, 1:12: Impressive top of the first for Sabathia, 1-2-3 with two Ks swinging on off-speed stuff, vs. Gonzalez and Helton.
Update, 1:15: Gardner shows his value as a leadoff batter, reaching on a perfect bunt single up the third-base line.
Update, 1:18: Gardner steals second, now let’s see if the Yankees capitalize. That’s just his 15th steal in 25 tries.
Update, 1:20: 1-0, Granderson cashes Gardner in with a single and moves to second because Eric Young doesn’t field it cleanly in right-center. Granderson has tied Teixeira for the team lead in RBI with 55.
Update, 1:26: A-Rod remains hot, his hitting streak now at six after his ground RBI single to right, 2-0.
Update, 1:37: One single allowed in the second by Sabathia, but two more strikeouts.
Update, 1:49: Gardner strands two with a two-out groundout in the second.
Update: 1:57: Sabathia gives up a walk in the third, but that’s it. So he has allowed just one hit and has five Ks so far, 2-0 Yankees heading for the last of the third.
Update, 2:02: Good start to the third for the Yankees. Curtis Granderson bloop single, Mark Teixeira double over Carlos Gonzalez’s head in center. Second and third, no outs.
Update, 2:05: A-Rod is making his plate appearances count, two-run double to the right-center gap. That’s three RBI today after driving in both Yankees runs last night. So it’s 4-0. That, by the way, gives him 50 RBI.
Update, 2:11: Nice headfirst slide into the plate by Rodriguez to score on Nick Swisher’s shallow fly to left-center. Ryan Spilborghs’ throw was just a little on the first-base side to help the cause. A-Rod just got his hand on the plate in time — 5-0.
Update, 2:20: That was an almost Jeter-like play in the hole by Nunez, backhand, turn/little jump (not as high as Jeter) and throw to second for the inning-ending force in the fourth. Tulowitzki has both hits off Sabathia so far.
Update, 2:30: Two singles to start the Yankees fourth, and they get nothing. Gardner hit into a double play and Granderson went down looking. Cervelli has two singles so far.
Update, 2:38: Excellent job by Sabathia to preserve his shutout after Ryan Spilborghs led off with a double and moved to third when Chris Nelson followed with a groundout. Matt Pagnozzi lifted a shallow fly to center. And Carlos Gonzalez bounced a 94 mph fastball back to Sabathia for the final out.
Update, 2:43: Cano hit into his second double play of the game after A-Rod drew a walk. So it’s 5-0 heading to the sixth.
Update, 2:48: Two singles to start the Colorado sixth.
Update, 2:52: Sabathia gets Tulowitzki to ground an off-speed pitch into a 5-4-3 double play.
Update, 2:54: Giambi strikes out, inning over.
Update, 3:00: RBI double for Jorge Posada, 6-0. He went the other way, to left-center. That’s his second hit of the game.
Update, 3:05: Cook is done with Posada on third and two outs. Lefty Rex Brothers is coming on.
Update, 3:13: Through six, the Yankees have six runs and 12 hits and the Rockies have no runs and five hits.
Update, 3:23: 1-2-3 seventh for Sabathia. Clayton Mortensen will take over the pitching for Colorado, and Jonathan Herrera has replaced Tulowitzki at short.
Update, 3:32: That’s three hits for Posada. The bases are loaded with two outs after his single.
Update, 3:34: Nunez bounces into a force to end the inning.
Update, 3:35: Ramiro Pena has come on defensively for Rodriguez.
Update, 3:41: There goes the shutout. Pinch hitter Seth Smith delivers an RBI single, 6-1.
Update, 3:42: I believe Sabathia is at 103 pitches through eight. Rafael Betancourt will now come on for the Rockies.
Update, 3:55: Homer No. 22 for Teixeira, this one a two-run shot off Rafael Betancourt. It’s 8-1.
Update, 3:56: Buddy Carlyle will take the ninth.
Update, 4:00: Carlyle doesn’t look too good again. Walk, two-run homer by Wigginton.
Update, 4:08: Carlyle finishes up. Yankees win, 8-3.