1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez DH
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Eric Chavez 3B
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
Ivan Nova RHP
1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. B.J. Upton CF
3. Evan Longoria 3B
4. Johnny Damon DH
5. Casey Kotchman 1B
6. Matt Joyce RF
7. Sean Rodriguez 2B
8. Kelly Shoppach C
9. Reid Brignac SS
Wade Davis RHP
Weather: Cloudy, 67
Umpires: Wally Bell HP, Scott Barry 1B, Brian Knight 2B, Vic Carapazza 3B
Magic numbers: The Yankees’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four and their magic number to clinch the East is five.
Super Nova: Ivan Nova’s 15 wins are the most by a Yankees rookie since Stan Bahnsen won 17 in 1968. He’s 11-0 with a 3.35 ERA in his last 14 starts. If he wins tonight, he will tie the Yankees’ single-season record for the longest winning streak by a rookie starting pitcher.
Update, 7:12: Nova starts strong, 1-2-3 inning.
Update, 7:30: Two walks by Davis in the first, but he gets out of it unscathed. The Rays’ pitching is tough, having allowed an AL-low 572 runs.
Update, 7:36: Teixeira does it again with his glove, unassisted double play to end the inning.
Update, 7:39: Double for Swisher, RBI single for Chavez. Make that 573 runs.
Update, 7:43: Looked like the ump blew the call at first on Brett Gardner’s bunt single. But bases loaded, no outs.
Update, 7:52: Bases-clearing double for Granderson, 4-0. Now has an MLB-high and career-high 118 RBI.
Update, 8:02: One bloop hit allowed through three by Nova.
Update, 8:04: Swisher just got hit on what looked like the left elbow. But he stays in after a visit from Gene Monahan and Girardi.
Update, 8:10: Davis gave up a single to Chavez and a walk to Martin, bases loaded, one out. Cesar Ramos warming up.
Update, 8:17: Davis gets out of it, still 4-0, after three.
Update, 8:26: Two hits, but no runs for the Rays in the fourth.
Update, 8:35: Two walks, but nothing across for the Yankees.
Update, 8:46: No runs, four hits allowed through five for Nova. Think they’re going to find a place for him in the postseason rotation?
Update, 8:57: Yankees finally knock out Davis. Jeter singles, first and third, two outs. Cesar Ramos is on. The Captain has tied Cap Anson for 19th on the all-time hits list with 3,081. Just 919 more to 4,000.
Update, 9:00: 5-0, Granderson’s fourth RBI, infield hit.
Update, 9:17: Nice job by Nova not letting the shutout get away in the sixth. Man on third, one out and first and third, two outs and he escapes, ultimately fanning Matt Joyce.
Update, 9:26: First and second, one out, in the sixth. Ramos is coming out, Dane De La Rosa is coming in.
Update, 9:32: 5-0 after six.
Update, 9:35: Leadoff single in the seventh for Sean Rodriguez. Nova at just 79 pitches.
Update, 9:37: Hit batter, two on, no outs. Soriano warming.
Update, 9:38: Four pitch walk, bases loaded.
Update, 9:40: Shallow fly to left by Jennings, runner at third holds. Upton up.
Update, 9:41: Wow, Nova gets a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Update, 9:48: Third hit for Granderson, a one-out double in the seventh. Boston, by the way, is up 5-4 in the seventh over the Orioles. Here’s what Girardi said about Nova before the game: “It seems like when he’s struggled this year, he hasn’t let innings get away from him.” And he hasn’t the last two innings.
Update, 9:54: Bases loaded, one out for Cano.
Update, 9:55: K swinging. Swisher’s turn.
Update, 9:59: Swisher goes down swinging, too. Nova is coming out for the eighth.
Update, 10:07: Two-out walk by Nova, and he’s out of the game. Standing ovation for him. No runs, six hits allowed. Boone Logan is on.
Update, 10:11: Logan gets the third out.
Update, 10:18: The Red Sox just gave up three in the eighth, losing 7-5. Their pitching is not good overall, to state the obvious.
Update, 10:24: Sorry, Cap Anson. Derek Jeter has just passed you. Sole possession of 19th on the hits list at 3,082.
Update, 10:27: Luis Ayala will try to close it out.
Update, 10:31: Yankees win, 5-0, although they left 18 on base.