Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.63)
Kuroda vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Jamey Carroll SS
Joe Mauer C
Josh Willingham LF
Justin Morneau DH
Chris Parmalee 1B
Sean Burroughs 3B
Clete Thomas RF
Alexi Casilla 2B
RHP Jason Marquis (0-0, 0.00)
Marquis vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s around 60, but supposed to drop to the low 50′s. It looks cloudy and was drizzling a bit earlier.
UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Vic Carapazza, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Greg Gibson.
GARDNER SCRATCHED: It was just announced in the press box that Brett Gardner has been scratched from tonight’s start due to right elbow soreness. He was originally slated to play left field and hit ninth.
RED-HOT JETER: While the middle of the Yankees order has struggled to drive in runs, The Captain has not. Jeter has driven in at least one run in each of his last three games for the first time since 2010. He has six RBI during the stretch.
ON THIS DATE: On April 18, 1923, the orginal Yankee Stadium opened its doors for its inaugural game. The Yankees defeated Boston, 4-1, with Bob Shawkey picking up the win and Babe Ruth hitting the first home run in the new park, a three-run shot in the third.
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UPDATE, 7:22 P.M.: Well, there goes the honeymoon for Kuroda. He just equaled the amount of hits he allowed in total on Friday in the first inning alone (five). The big blow was a two-run bomb from Justin Morneau into the Yankees bullpen, but the Twins were hitting everything hard and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Heard some scattered boos for Kuroda.
UPDATE, 7:44 P.M.: The Yankees offense picks Kuroda up with a three-run first. Cano hit an RBI double to drive in Jeter after he led off the inning with a single (Cano’s RBI was the first for the Yankees from the cleanup spot all season), and Swisher followed that with a two-run single. Marquis does not look sharp either, which tells me we may be in for some long innings.
UPDATE, 7:54 P.M.: Kuroda restores some order with a relatively quick second inning. Still 4-3.
UPDATE, 8:16 P.M.: After the Yankees went down 1-2-3 in the second, Kuroda gave up another run in the top of third on an RBI single from Sean Burroughs. It was the first hit and first RBI of Burroughs’ career. The Twins pounded out three more hits off of Kuroda in that inning, and he’s now given up nine total. Clay Rapada was warming in the pen, which I’m assuming means David Phelps isn’t available. It’s 5-3 Twins.
UPDATE, 8:24 P.M.: A solo HR from Cano in the third cuts the deficit to 5-4. He’s looked great today. Also worth noting, Tex has two hard-hit outs. It’s not notable that he’s made two outs, but he’s driven a ball to CF and LCF while hitting from the left side. Those are good signs.
UPDATE, 8:46 P.M.: Morneau just knocked Kuroda out with a shot into the RF bleachers to make it 6-4. He’s 3 for 3 tonight with two HRs. Rapada is coming in. Kuroda’s final line: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 81 pitches (52 strikes).
UPDATE, 9:13 P.M.: Rapada has pitched pretty well, holding the Twins at six runs. He just struck out Carroll to get out of the sixth. The Yanks have Ibanez leading off the bottom half of the inning. Still 6-4.
UPDATE, 10:14 P.M.: The Yankees just went down 1-2-3 in the eighth, and are really wasting a good performance from their bullpen. Both of their lefties, Clay Rapada and Boone Logan, combined to pitch 3.2 innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six. The Yankees had their best chance in the seventh, but Swisher struck out with two outs and runners on the corners. It’s still 6-4 going into the ninth.