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 A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.61)
Burnett vs. Twins
Ben Revere CF
Trevor Plouffe RF
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Jason Kubel DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Rene Tosoni LF
Luke Hughes 2B
Matt Tolbert SS
LHP Francisco Liriano (8-9, 5.12)
Liriano vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network / MLB Network
WEATHER: The weather has been great here in Minneapolis. Another blue sky. Temperature in the 70s. Very light breeze blowing out to center.
UMPIRES: HP D.J. Reyburn, 1B Ron Kulp, 3B Jim Wolf
There is a three-man crew tonight. Brian O’Nora is out because of a personal medical matter.
THE HITS KEEP COMING: The Yankees have recorded at least 10 hits in each of their past six games, batting .344 (78-for-227) with 26 extra-base hits (13 doubles, three triples and 10 home runs) since August 13. This is their longest streak of games with double-digits in hits this season.
DRIVING THEM IN: Mark Teixeira is the 27th active player to reach 1,000 RBI, and the fifth current Yankee (Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Andruw Jones and Jorge Posada). Teixeira is only the sixth player all time to collect at least 1,000 RBI within his first nine Major League seasons. You’ve heard of the other five: Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams, Al Simmons and Albert Pujols.
RUSSELL’S MUSCLE: Russell Martin has 15 home runs this season, second most among American League catchers and four shy of his career-high of 19 set in 2007 with the Dodgers. He has hit three home runs in his past two games and five home runs in his past nine road games.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: For now, the Yankees have caught a break because Trevor Plouffe didn’t score from second on a hard-hit Joe Mauer double, but Burnett now has to face Morneau and Kubel with runners at second and third and one out.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Ugly pitch in the dirt by Burnett. It gets by Martin and the run scores on a wild pitch. It’s 1-0 Twins in the first.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Good throw by Gardner made it a closer play than I expected, but the run still scores on a sac fly and it’s 2-0 Twins.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: First-pitch homer by Valencia makes it 3-0 in the second. Here we go…
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Sharp double down to left. Looks like it just caught the line past third base and Burnett’s struggles continue. Tosoni being thrown out trying to steal was a gift.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Visit to the mound after Burnett’s second walk of the inning. Stadium is playing Crazy Train.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Third walk of the inning, and here comes Ayala. Burnett lasted an inning and two third. He got five outs, one of them because his catcher threw out a base runner.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: The Yankees got a run in the third, but this is a big hill to climb. Burnett was charged with all five runs in the second inning, and his final line is 1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP. Ugly.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Aaron Laffey grew up rooting for the Yankees. Think he expected to make his debut for them in a game like this?
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: And Laffey just walked in a run. Not good for this Yankees pitching staff.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Defensive changes. Posada is now at first, Chavez at third, Nunez at short, Martin at second and Cervelli catching. Three catchers on the field.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: In the new lineup, Posada is batting first, Cervelli third and Chavez fourth.