1. Derek Jeter DH
2. Nick Swisher 1B
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Andruw Jones RF
6. Curtis Granderson CF
7. Eduardo Nunez SS
8. Brett Gardner LF
9. Chris Stewart C
CC Sabathia LHP
1. Denard Span CF
2. Jamey Carroll SS
3. Joe Mauer DH
4. Josh Willingham LF
5. Ryan Doumit C
6. Danny Valencia 3B
7. Trevor Plouffe RF
8. Luke Hughes 1B
9. Alexi Casilla 2B
Francisco Liriano LHP
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: 73 degrees, partly cloudy
Umpires: Greg Gibson HP, Phil Cuzzi 1B, Vic Carapazza 2B, Gerry Davis 3B
Hot-hitting shortstop: Derek Jeter belted his third homer last night, doing it in his 42nd at-bat. Last season, he didn’t belt his third homer until his 282nd at-bat, on July 9. That was the Captain’s 3,000th hit. Jeter begins play leading the AL in multihit games with six, and he’s sixth in batting at .378. He’s five hits from tying Dave Winfield for 18th place on the all-time hits list at 3,110.
Mr. Phelps: Rookie righty David Phelps has a 1.08 ERA after three relief appearances. But Joe Girardi said, “In my mind, I believe he has the ability to be a starter.” Girardi said it’s because Phelps can throw four pitches.
Update, 7:14: Sabathia worked on getting his offspeed stuff over the plate in the bullpen between starts after struggling with that last time out. He certainly looked better in a 1-2-3 first.
Update, 7:28: Andruw Jones was batting seventh in the original lineup before Teixeira was scratched. But batting fifth, he strikes out on three pitches with runners on first and second and two outs in the first.
Update, 7:30: Willingham drives a Sabathia fastball over the center-field fence to start the second, extending his season-starting hitting streak to 11 games.
Update, 7:44: Nice job of going the other way by Brett Gardner, slicing a ground-rule RBI double to left, 1-1, second and third, no outs.
Update, 7:47: Chris Stewart grounds out weakly, runners hold. Where’s Cervelli?
Update, 7:53: Liriano fans Jeter, walks Swisher and gets Cano on an infield out. Should’ve had more than one run in that inning.
Update, 8:00: Plate ump Greg Gibson ejects Denard Span with an 0-1 count, then ejects Ron Gardenhire for arguing. It’s Gardenhire’s 61st career ejection as a manager. Clete Thomas takes over the at-bat.
Update, 8:06: Thomas makes the most of getting in the game, driving a double over Gardner’s head, 2-1 Twins.
Update, 8:08: More mediocrity from Sabathia so far. Carroll RBI single to right on a fastball, 3-1 in the third.
Update, 8:13: Gardner races in and makes a nice diving catch to save Sabathia from more trouble, ending the inning.
Update, 8:22: Nunez now has a bunt single and an RBI infield single, another result from Teixeira getting scratched, since Nunez wasn’t in the original lineup. So it’s 3-2 in the third.
Update, 8:25: Bases loaded, one out, Stewart up.
Update, 8:27: Stewart didn’t swing weakly that time, line-drive two-run single to left, 4-3 Yankees. Liriano is done. Lefty Matt Maloney is in.
Update, 8:31: Sac fly for Jeter, 5-3. Upon further review, Cervelli batting .094 at Triple-A, apologies to Mr. Stewart.
Update, 8:39: Better inning for Sabathia, 1-2-3 with two Ks, one on a fastball and one on what looked like a changeup.
Update, 8:45: Second homer of the season for Andruw Jones, high-arcing solo shot to left. So it’s 6-3 in the fourth.
Update, 8:52: Some guy runs on the field here, but a security guard makes a big tackle, taking the legs out from under the guy very hard. Sabathia is unfazed, another 1-2-3 inning.
Update, 9:02: Jeter lines an RBI single into right-center, has hit safely in 10 of the 11 games.
Update, 9:09: Sabathia has retired 11 in a row after his third straight 1-2-3 inning.
Update, 9:26: Sabathia’s streak of 13 straight batters retired is over, but he’s through seven with four hits allowed, none since the third.
Update, 9:35: That’s a career-high three RBI for Stewart after his single here in the seventh, 8-3. David Robertson is warming.
Update, 9:45: Sabathia gets the first out in the eighth and that’s it. It’s the Yankees’ third quality start in 11 tries. Robertson is in.
Update, 10:00: Cory Wade will take the ball for the ninth.
Update, 10:08: Yankees win, 8-3.