Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Bartolo Colon (8-7, 3.54)
Colon vs A’s
Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Josh Willingham LF
Brandon Allen 1B
David DeJesus RF
Cliff Pennington SS
Kurt Suzuki C
Eric Sogard 3B
RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-6, 3.74)
McCarthy vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Clear and a bit cool.
UMPIRES: 3B Gary Cederstrom, HP Cory Blaser, 1B Adrian Johnson, 2B Fielden Culbreth
UPDATE 7:45: That was Eric Sogard’s first home run in 41 career at-bats. Check out his player page. He looks like my accountant.
UPDATE 7:53: I posted the A’s lineup at the top of this blog post before the game but I just noticed that it got erased somehow. Not sure how that happened. It’s back up now.
UPDATE 7:58: Jeter’s second hit gets his batting average up to .294, second highest on the team behind Robbie Cano. Pretty amazing when you think about where he was a couple months ago.
UPDATE 8:09: Another fine play by Mark Teixiera. David DeJesus lined to Tex’s right at about eye level and Tex snagged it out of the air. The runner on first didn’t even bother looking back as he knew he’d be doubled off.
UPDATE 8:30: I wonder if it’s weird for Posada to watch Jeter bat from the basepaths. Throughout their long Yankee careers, Jeter has always batted at the top of the lineup and Posada near the middle. It’s not often been that Posada was on base by the time Jeter came up.
UPDATE 8:43: Word just came down that A-Rod’s X-rays were negative. He has a sprained thumb and is day to day.
UPDATE 8:58: That Kurt Suzuki double was Colon’s last pitch. Boone Logan is in.
UPDATE 9:18: I didn’t mention this in the pregame notes, but A-Rod said during his impromptu press conference today that he’s scheduled to meet with MLB officials on Friday in Baltimore to talk about his alleged participation in a series of allegedly illegal poker games. Allegedly. He promised to talk about it to reporters before Friday’s game.
UPDATE 9:23: If the Yanks have any chance they better score a couple here in the eighth. McCarthy is on cruise control.
UPDATE 9:24: Jeter’s JumboTron photo at Yankee Stadium makes him look disturbingly like Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s Jersey Shore. Incidentally, Bartolo Colon is shaped like Snooki.
UPDATE 9:35: OK, that counts as something. Swisher’s homer makes it 6-3 in the eighth. But was it too late?