1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Alex Rodriguez 3B
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Mark Teixeira 1B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Raul Ibanez DH
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
Freddy Garcia RHP
1. Denard Span CF
2. Jamey Carroll SS
3. Joe Mauer DH
4. Josh Willingham LF
5. Justin Morneau 1B
6. Ryan Doumit C
7. Danny Valencia 3B
8. Clete Thomas RF
9. Alexi Casilla 2B
Carl Pavano RHP
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy
Umpires: Gerry Davis HP, Greg Gibson 1B, Phil Cuzzi 2B, Vic Carapazza 3B
Pen pride: The Yankees’ bullpen ranks second in the AL and third in the majors in ERA at 2.03. The relievers’ combined ERA is 0.78 over the last six games.
Swisher drives them in: Nick Swisher begins play tied for the AL lead in RBI with 11, coming in nine games. It took him 22 games to get that many last season.
Flashbacks: Do you remember what happened on this day three years ago? The Yankees played their first regular-season game at the new Stadium. They fell 10-2 to Cleveland. Future Indian Johnny Damon had the first hit. Jorge Posada had the first homer.
Update, 7:14: Russell Martin shows off his arm again, getting Jamey Carroll stealing after an infield hit. Would you rather have had Jesus Montero behind the plate, or Martin?
Update, 7:17: Josh Willingham now has a 10-game hitting streak, RBI single, 1-0. No wild pitches yet for Garcia after that strange last outing.
Update, 7:22: This isn’t much better. Garcia is around the plate and getting hit. RBI single for Ryan Doumit, 2-0. Five hits allowed already.
Update, 7:27: Homer No. 3 for Jeter already, and homer No. 3 for Granderson, back to back, 2-2. Carl Pavano serving them up. First time the Yankees have had back-to-back homers to start the first since Sept. 23, 2005.
Update, 7:35: Slow-starting Teixeira continues to warm up, RBI single, 3-2.
Update, 7:45: 1-2-3 second for Garcia.
Update, 8:05: Garcia settling down nicely, 1-2-3, third.
Update, 8:18: Garcia mowing them down in his crafty way, 1-2-3 fourth. That’s 10 in a row.
Update, 8:24: Pavano, after the welcome-back boos and the three-run, four-hit first, has settled down as well. 1-2-3 fourth. He’s only allowed two singles since the first.
Update, 8:29: Double by Casilla with one out in the fifth, stopping Garcia’s streak at 11 batters set down in a row.
Update, 8:34: Garcia can’t close out the inning, two-out RBI single for Jamey Carroll, 3-3.
Update, 8:36: This is turning out to be a decidedly mixed outing for Garcia. RBI double for Joe Mauer, 4-3 Twins. Clay Rapada is a warming.
Update, 8:46: Garcia serves up a fastball to Morneau leading off the sixth, and it’s 5-3. Boone Logan warming.
Update, 8:50: Garcia is done after 5 2/3. Logan is in.
Update, 9:12: Good job by Pavano with first and second and one out in the sixth, getting Swisher fishing at a sinker and Ibanez to ground to second.
Update, 9:19: One out, man on first in the Twins’ seventh. Logan is out, Cory Wade is coming in.
Update, 9:27: Great running grab by Granderson near the fence in left-center to rob Morneau, save a run and end the seventh.
Update, 9:35: The Twins warmed up Brian Duensing in the Yankees’ seventh, but Pavano looked great, two strikeouts and a groundout.
Update, 9:41: Cory Wade is letting this one get away in the eighth, RBI double for Danny Valencia and RBI single for Clete Thomas, 7-3.
Update, 9:49: Duensing on for the eighth. Got to give credit to Pavano for bouncing back after a bad first, only three singles allowed in the next six innings, only one making it out of the infield.
Update, 10:14: Yankees lose, 7-3.