Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Brandon Inge 3B
RHP Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:37., TBS
WEATHER: The rain seems to be following the Yankees across the country. It’s been rainy all day here in Detroit, but it was clear enough that the tarp stayed of the field pregame.
UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Bill Welke, LF Tony Randazzo, RF Eric Cooper
LET’S TRY THIS AGAIN: This is the first time a pitcher has started Games 1 and 3 in a postseason series since Kevin Brown in the 1998 NLDS with San Diego. Sabathia and Verlander are the first American League pitchers to do it since Oakland’s Dave Stewart in the 1989 World Series vs. San Francisco. Sabathia is the first Yankee to start Games 1 and 3 since Whitey Ford took the loss in Game 1 of the 1956 World Series before tossing a complete-game win in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium on two-days’ rest.
HOME ON THE ROAD: Sabathia is undefeated in four road postseason starts as a Yankee, going 2-0 with a 4.38 ERA (24.2IP, 12ER).
CHUGGING ALONG: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jorge Posada became the second 40-year-old to hit a triple in a postseason game, joining Joe Morgan, who did it with the Phillies in Game 5 of the 1983 World Series vs. Baltimore.
STREAK SNAPPED: The Yankees had their seven-game ALDS winning streak snapped yesterday. It was the longest-ever ALDS winning streak.
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Jeter’s single and Granderson’s triple have sparked a two-run first inning for the Yankees. Verlander is throwing serious heat, but two hits and an RBI ground out are enough for a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Sabathia walks Jackson, but get a double play ball as Russell Martin pumps his fist in foul territory.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Tight zone, and Sabathia has walked three of the first four batters he’s faced.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Martinez goes down swinging, and Sabathia is out of the jam. Took him 28 pitches, one more than he threw in two innings on Friday.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Sabathia made 33 starts this season and walked as many as three in a game — never mind an inning — only 10 times.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Another Sabathia walk. Another double play. Another inning-ending strikeout.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Sabathia never walked five in a game this season. He just reach that number tonight with his second walk to — of all people — free swinging Austin Jackson.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Santiago is in this lineup specifically to face Sabathia, and he just singled in a run on a 1-2 pitch. It’s 2-1 in the third.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Bases loaded for Miguel Cabrera. This may be the at-bat of the game.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Double play ties the game, but it’s far from the worst-case scenario in that situation. Have to consider that a huge plus for CC and the Yankees.
UPDATE, 9:51 p.m.: Good grief, that’s a heckuva curveball from Verlander. Swisher goes down looking and it’s still 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth. Sabathia’s already thrown 63 pitches.
UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Santiago does it again, this time an RBI double to put the Tigers in the lead, 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth. This was Leyland’s big move of the series, and it’s paying off big time right now.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: That’s it for Sabathia. He threw 106 pitches through 5.1 innings and here’s Soriano to finish off the sixth. Six walks is the most in a game for Sabathia since April of 2010.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Martin plunked at 100 mph. The Yankees have a runner at second base for the first time since the first inning.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: Huge double by Gardner, and a huge handclap for him as he settles into second base. A walk, hit batter and now the double — all with two outs — have tied the game in the seventh.
UPDATE, 11:03 p.m.: Seems like every single Yankee gestured or said something to Gardner as they took the field for the bottom of the seventh. He’s given this team new life.