Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Jayson Nix LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (3-0, 4.58)
Sabathia vs. Royals
Jarrod Dyson CF
Alex Gordon LF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Mike Moustakas 3B
Bryan Pena C
Chris Getz 2B
Alcides Escobar SS
LHP Bruce Chen (0-3, 4.23)
Chen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s humid with temperatures in the 80s. Wind blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B Manny Gonzalez, 3B Vic Carapazza
AS IF YOU NEEDED MORE PROOF: The Yankees struggling lineup has been held to six combined runs their past four games, their lowest total over a four-game stretch since May of 2008 when the Rays limited the Yankees to six runs over a four-game series at Tropicana Field. A run in the third inning of Thursday’s loss at Kansas City snapped a 19-inning scoreless streak, which was their longest scoreless streak since 2005 according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
AT LEAST JETER CAN HIT: Derek Jeter leads the Majors with 44 hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is only the fifth American League player in the last 70 seasons to record at least 44 hits in his team’s first 25 games. The others are Tony Oliva (1964 Twins, 47H), Rod Carew (1983 Angels, 48H), Darin Erstad (2000 Angels, 46H) and Alfonso Soriano (2003 Yankees, 45H).
CHEN UP: The Yankees have typically had great success against Bruce Chen, especially Mark Teixeira who is a career .474 hitter with six home runs in 19 at-bats against him.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Yankees got a two-run home run from Teixeira in the top of the first inning, but the lead didn’t last. Sabathia gave up two runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning, and the score is tied at two after an eventful first.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Teixeira really does rake against Chen. He has a single to center and he’s 2-for-2 today.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Tried to hit and run with Cano at the plate. Would have been hard to argue against it last year, but Cano’s struggling this year, swung through the pitch and Teixeira was thrown out at third. That’s a big opportunity that’s dwindled to almost nothing.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Sabathia is pitching well, but the Yankees haven’t been able to get another run to give their ace a lead. It’s still 2-2 heading into the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:57 p.m.: This is the kind of inning the Yankees have been waiting for. With two outs in the seventh, Eduardo Nunez tripled in a run, Chris Stewart singled in a run and Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer for a 6-2 lead. The Yankees scored a total of six runs in their past four games. They’ve matched that total tonight.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Fine work by Sabathia who’s through the eighth having not allowed a run since that two-run first.