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 AJ Burnett (8-6, 4.05)
Burnett vs. Indians
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana C
Grady Sizemore CF
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Shelley Duncan 1B
Austin Kearns RF
RHP Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86)
Tomlin vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 6:35 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: If you’re in Cleveland for the holiday and hoping to have a little BBQ, maybe a beverage or two, watch a baseball game and check out some fireworks, today might honestly be the perfect day. It’s gorgeous outside.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Jeff Nelson, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Bill Welke
FIREWORKS: The Yankees are 28-27 when playing on the Fourth of July in the expansion era. They’ve won their past two games on the holiday. Last time they played the Indians on July 4 it was 2006 and the Yankees lost 19-1. Obviously A.J. Burnett would like to avoid a repeat.
REMEMBERING THE BOSS: George Steinbrenner was born on July 4, 1930. In his time as the Yankees owner, the franchise won 11 pennants and seven World Series, which was more than any other team in baseball. The Yankees also had an MLB-best .566 winning percentage under Steinbrenner.
YOU TOO, JOHN: Also, a happy birthday wish to radio man John Sterling, who was also born on Independence Day.
TRIPLE TRIPLE: The Yankees have three different players — Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano — who have at least five triples this season. It’s only the third time since 1979 that the Yankees have had three different players reach five triples in a season. It happened in 2007 (Cabrera, Cano, Abreu) and in 1999 (Jeter, B. Williams, Ledee).
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: I’ve been writing a lot about Jeter, but there hasn’t been much to see in the game except for Burnett and Tomlin battling through four scoreless innings. There’s been one hit — a first-inning single by Asdrubal Cabrera — and obviously neither team has taken any sort of control of the game.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Shelley strikes out and the game’s still scoreless heading into the sixth.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Nick Swisher’s found his groove again, and his RBI double has given the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning. They were being no-hit when his inning started.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Third hit Burnett has allowed tonight is a two-out, RBI single by Shelley Duncan in the seventh. He’s pulled the Yankees within 2-1.
And now Austin Kearns has put them in front 4-2 with a three run homer to right.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Granderson goes deep to pull within one. If they’re going to tie this thing, the Yankees are going to have to do it in the ninth.