Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Brandon Laird 3B
RHP Dellin Betances (0-0, 27.00)
Betances is making his first appearance against the Rays
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac SS
LHP David Price (12-13, 3.35)
Price vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10., YES Network
WEATHER: Legitimately nice night outside. Not that it matters.
UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Chad Fairchild
NO MORE THAN ONE: The Yankees are trying to avoid being swept in a series of more than one game for just the third time this season (also May 13-15 and June 7-9 against Boston), and just the second time ever by Tampa Bay (also in September of 2000 at Tropicana Field). The Yankee have not been swept in a multi-game series on the road since September of 2010 at Texas.
NO MORE THAN THREE: The Yankees are the only Major League team that has not lost more than three straight road games this season.
NO MORE THAN FOUR: In the past 10 years, the Yankees went 6-4 in the season’s final game, losing four of the past six such contests. They have not ended a season on a losing streak of at least four games since 2000, when they lost their last season.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: The Yankees take advantage of an error and take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Here’s Betances, given a lead in his first ever big league start.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Two walks by Betances, but he came back with two strikeouts to get out of the first inning without allowing a run. It’s still a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Mark Teixeira’s 38th home run of the season is the seventh grand slam of his career, and it’s a 5-0 Yankees lead in the second.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Dellin’s a big boy. He’ll stay in the game after being hit by a comebacker.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Could Teixeira reach 40 homers this season? He’s gone deep twice tonight to bring his total to 39. It’s a 6-0 Yankees lead in the middle of the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: So far, so good for this patchwork group of Yankees pitchers. Here comes Hughes for the fifth inning. Betances, Kontos and Laffey have kept the Rays off the scoreboard so far. The only hit has been the comebacker that glanced off Betances.
UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Golson is in for Granderson, and Pena is in for Jeter. Looks like Girardi will give Teixeira one more at-bat.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: We might have our rotation answer: A.J. Burnett is getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: One batter, one out for Burnett. Now Brackman is in.
UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: So Rodriguez was scratched pregame, now Montero is pulled after being hit by a tipped pitch. Girardi said pregame that his only concern was to get out of this game healthy. That’s not working out too well.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: The kids flirt with a shutout, now Logan and Ayala have let the Rays back in the game with a six-run — and counting — eighth inning.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Might see a lot of Proctor tonight. Girardi has already used Brackman, Hughes, Burnett, Laffey and Kontos. Not sure there’s anyone else available in the bullpen who could give any sort of distance. In fact, I’m pretty sure there’s no one else in the bullpen who Girardi is willing to use at all.
UPDATE, 11:42 p.m.: Proctor through 2.1 scoreless on 46 pitches. We’re heading to the 12th, still 7-7. What a mess.