Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.31)
Colon vs. Royals
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
LHP Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.15)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Legitimate Missouri heat most of the day. Not as bad as it could be, but warmer than it’s been the rest of this week.
UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B Kerwin Danley
TOO YOUNG: Bartolo Colon has been pitching in the big leagues for a long, long time, but Royals are too young to have much experience against him. The entire Kansas City roster has 30 career at-bats against Colon, and 17 of those belong to injured catcher Jason Kendall.
TOO GOOD: Derek Jeter in his 35 career at-bats against Bruce Chen: .400/.432/.714. Not to be outdone, here’s Mark Teixeira’s career slash line in 16 at-bats against Chen: .563/.556/1.813. Teixeira has six career homers, two doubles and one single against the Royals starter.
SO FAR, SO GOOD: The Yankees are going for their eighth series sweep of the season and fifth on the road. They’ve already passed their sweep total for last year (six). This would be their first series sweep against the Royals since taking a three-game set in 2007 at Kauffman Stadium.
CHAT ON FRIDAY: I always forget to promote these things on the blog! I’m having a chat at noon on Friday. I’ll post a reminder again tomorrow, but be sure to stop by!
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Granderson went deep, but ultimately the Yankees squandered a big scoring opportunity in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Granderson doubles, and the Yankees turned that into a run with Swisher’s RBI single, but another big scoring opportunity was wasted in the third. It’s a 2-0 lead. Could be much larger.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: There’s some of the power you hear about with Moustakas. He just smoked a double off the wall in right-center.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: This is why these Royals are dangerous: It’s a bunch of kids in the lineup, but they can hit. Three-run homer by Gordon, solo shot by Butler and it’s a 4-2 K.C. lead.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: So much for owning Bruce Chen. Teixeira is 0-for-3.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Rodriguez is finished in Scranton. He went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI single in his final at-bat. He played eight innings in the field.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Another run for the Royals, who are now leading 5-2 and have found a way to do some damage against Colon.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: Yankees have the bases loaded, down 5-3, with one out in the ninth. A chance for some redemption.