Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (3-0, 3.79)
Nova vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Don Kelly LF
Brad Eldred DH
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Ryan Raburn 2B
RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 1.72)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network/MLB Network
WEATHER: Mainly clear skies, but cold and windy. Tonight’s low is 37 with temps hovering in the low 40s for the game. Winds will blow 15-25 mph.
UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Andy Fletcher, 2B Rob Drake, 3B Cory Blaser
GRANDY MAN CAN: Curtis Granderson has reached bases safely in each of his last 17 games after going hitless (and walkless) on Opening Day.
GETTING MO’ FROM MO: Mariano Rivera has retired 16 of the last 18 batters he’s faced with six strikeouts and no walks. He has four saves in four tries over six appearances, all since blowing the save in the season opener at Tampa Bay.
OH CAPTAIN YOUR CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter continued his hitting streak on Wednesday, extending it to 15 games. He’s batting .456 since my birthday (4/9) with four homers, 13 RBI, six doubles, three walks and 14 runs scored. He’ll try to match his longest hitting streak since 5/17-6/2 of 2009, when the shortstop hit safely in 16 straight. Already, Jeter has hit safely in 17 of 18 games in 2012, including a club record 34 hits through 18 games.
ON TWITTER…: This is Josh in for Chad tonight. I’ll post some updates here, but follow along for more on Twitter @LoHudYankees (if you’re not already).
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: As Girardi said in the pregame, you have to get Verlander early. His fastball was only 90 to start the game. Granderson turned one pitch around for a double, and A-Rod placed one over the outstretched arm of Fielder. 1-0 Yanks.
Their only regret may be not getting more. We shall see.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: The Tigers lead 3-1 midway through the third thanks to four straight singles off Nova. None of them were hit all that hard, but the Tigers took exactly what Nova gave them. He throws ground balls and that’s basically where they hit them. Even the powerful Cabrera and Fielder practiced patience, each placing a soft single to drive in the runs.
Nova has already allowed seven baserunners through three innings. His win-streak is in jeopardy here against Verlander.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Verlander had not allowed a home run all season. Now he’s allowed two. Martin’s two-run blast gives the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
Once again, an imperfect Nova is in position to keep his win streak going.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: That was a big out recorded by Cory Wade to end the sixth. It meant the Yankees have at least some chance here. Still, the story is that the Yanks continue to get poor starting pitching. Nova has been terrific this year, but he has allowed too many baserunners. Tonight, he just couldn’t dance out of every jam.
Nova’s final line: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. No pitcher will survive 14 baserunners in a little over five innings, and now his streak of 15 straight winning decisions is in serious jeopardy.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: There’s Manny being Manny. And Joe West being Joe West.
West got himself on TV tonight. He just tossed Girardi after Girardi came out to argue and kicked a little dirt around home plate. It was presumably about a called third strike on Martin.
That’s 18 career ejections for Girardi, 15 as a manager. He’s been tossed 14 times as a Yankee now — 13 as manager and once as a player.
The Yankees still trail by a run, but they continue to have success here against Verlander. In five starts, he’s now 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA, allowing 12 ER in 24 IP. (Obviously, this decision is still pending and he’s in line for the win.)
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Fans, you should start calling him Ivan Drago. Nova simply can’t lose. He’s off the hook again, as Teixeira’s sac fly ties the game 6-6. Verlander remains winless in this park.