Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 2.93)
Sabathia vs. Twins
Ben Revere CF
Trevor Plouffe 2B
Joe Mauer RF
Justin Morneau 1B
Jim Thome DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Rene Tosoni LF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka SS
Drew Butera C
LHP Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53)
Duensing vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Beautiful night at the best ballpark in the American League.
UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Jim Wolf, 2B D.J. Reyburn, 3B Ron Kulpa
WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: The Yankees are 20-20 in series openers this season. They have gone 28-12 in the second game of series.
TWIN KILLING: CC Sabathia Is undefeated in his last eight regular-season and postseason starts against the Twins, going 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA since August of 2007.
WELL PLAYED: Joe Mauer is making his first career start in right field.
NOT SO WELL PLAYED: In the Twins lineup, only three players — Mauer, Thome and Revere — are hitting better than .244. Thome and Revere are hitting below .260.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Whatever happens with this home run call, Sabathia’s been hit pretty hard in this first inning.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Not sure why Gardenhire argued until he was ejected. I thought the replay looked like the Morneau home run was foul. The umpires got the call right, Sabathia got out of the first inning, and the game is still scoreless.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.:Trying to write three newspaper stories and play blog babysitter at the same time makes me fall behind a little bit.
Sabathia hasn’t looked good this game. He’s being knocked around a little bit, and the Twins took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. The Yankees, though, answered with Mark Teixeira’s two-run homer in the third. It’s now 3-2.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: It’s a little less exciting now that Eduardo Nunez usually makes all of his throws.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Back-to-back Yankees homers in the fifth. Nick Swisher’s two-run shot came first, but it’s Andruw Jones’ solo job that raised eyebrows. He just went into the third deck. That was a monster. It’s 6-2 Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Sabathia seemed to have settled in for a while there, but now he’s getting hit again in the seventh. The Twins have scored one run in the inning, and they’ve now loaded the bases on Eduardo Nunez’s error.