1. Derek Jeter SS
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. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
Bartolo Colon RHP
1. Ben Zobrist 2B
2. Matt Joyce RF
3. Evan Longoria DH
4. Casey Kotchman 1B
5. B.J. Upton CF
6. John Jaso C
7. Sean Rodriguez 3B
8. Sam Fuld LF
9. Reid Brignac SS
Jeff Niemann RHP
Umpires: Derryl Cousins HP, Jim Wolf 1B, Ron Kulpa 2B, Gary Cederstrom 3B
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 79 degrees
3,000 Watch: 2,997 and counting. Jeter is 5 for 9 with a walk lifetime vs. Niemann. No player has ever picked up his 3,000 hit against Tampa Bay. On Sept. 9, 2009, Jeter had three hits to tie Lou Gehrig’s franchise record of 2,721. All three hits came off Niemann.
Update, 7:16: One run in the first off Colon. Now Jeter’s first at-bat.
Update, 7:18: First pitch, lines a solid double to left-center. 2,998.
Update, 7:29: The Yankees strand Jeter at third and Teixeira at first.
Update, 7:48: Two outs, second and third, bottom of the second. Jeter’s turn.
Update, 7:49: Bouncer to third, side retired.
Update, 7:52: Zobrist solo shot to the right-center seats. It’s 2-0 in the third.
Update, 7:55: I know we’re all on Jeter watch, but the Colon watch has been hard on the eyes so far. B.J. Upton delivers an RBI single, and it’s 3-0.
Update, 8:06: It’s still 3-0 after three.
Update, 8:16: Colon has given up seven hits and four walks but somehow only three runs in his four innings.
Update, 8:27: Make that five runs. Upton sends a two-run shot to the left-field seats in the fifth.
Update, 8:37: Jeter is robbed of hit by Sean Rodriguez, who went down for a backhand stop by third and got up and threw The Captain out here in the fifth.
Update, 8:45: Colon is done with two outs and a man on first in the sixth. This was just his third bad start out of 12. Hector Noesi will take the ball.
Update, 8:48: Martin throws out Zobrist stealing to end the inning.
Update, 8:57: Cano a shot to the bleachers in right-center. Homer No. 15. It’s 5-1 in the sixth.
Update, 9:12: Jeter’s next at-bat is here after Gardner’s two-out single in the seventh.
Update, 9:17: Bouncer to short. Tonight doesn’t look like the night. 5-1, end of seven.
Update, 9:31: Niemann is out after 7 1-3 strong innings. Juan Cruz is in, one out, Mark Teixeira on first.
Update, 9:38: 5-1, end of eighth. The Yankees will have to go through five batters before Jeter is due up.
Update, 9:56: Kyle Farnsworth is on to try to close it out.
Update, 10:06: Jeter one more chance with runners at the corners and two outs.
Update, 10:09: Jeter bounces softly to third. Yankees lose, 5-1.