Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 3.69)
Kuroda vs. Royals
Jarrod Dyson CF
Alex Gordon LF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Mike Moustakas 3B
Humberto Quintero C
Chris Getz 2B
Alcides Escobar SS
RHP Felipe Paulino (4-10, 4.46 in 2011)
Paulino vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Same as it’s been, hot and humid.
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Manny Gonzalez, 2B Vic Carapazz, 3B Phil Cuzzi
ON THE RUN: Eduardo Nunez’s stolen base last night snapped a run of seven straight team games without a stolen base. It was the Yankees’ longest such streak since an eight games in April of last year.
BACKUP CLOSER: Dave Robertson has not allowed a run in his last 25.1 regular-season innings dating to September 1. It’s the longest scoreless stretch by a Yankee since Mariano Rivera had a 30.2-inning scoreless stretch from in 1999. It’s also the longest active scoreless streak in the Majors.
SNAPPING OUT OF IT: The Yankees six runs last night matched their combined total from their four previous games. It was their lowest total over a four-game stretch since 2008 when the Rays limited the Yankees to six runs during a four-game series at Tropicana Field.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: A leadoff error by Jeter has opened the door, and back-to-back Royals hits have given Kansas City a 2-0 lead before making an out. Kuroda has been bad against lefties this season.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Kuroda gets a strikeout to end the inning with just the two runs scoring. It’s a 2-0 Royals lead.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Kuroda gets out of some trouble in the third inning, meanwhile the Yankees enter the fourth still looking for their first hit.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Good throw from Dyson keeps the runners from advancing and brings Nunez up with two on and two out in the fifth. I’ve been pretty impressed by Dyson this series. Nice player.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Three hits and another run in the fifth inning are too much for Kuroda. He’s pulled with one out and runners at the corners. Clay Rapada will come in to face Moustakas. Rough outing for Kuroda. Expected more from him.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Rapada got his man and Cody Eppley got his. The Yankees got through the fifth inning still down 3-0. Could have been quite a bit worse.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: What a throw from Francoeur. Took a perfect one to get Granderson, and that’s exactly what Francoeur delivered.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Eppley got the Yankees into trouble with two base runners to start the bottom of the sixth, now a sac fly from Dyson has given the Royals an extra run. Ibanez got to the ball, but with him momentum carrying him toward center field, he couldn’t spin and make a good enough throw home.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: There’s Alex Gordon’s fourth hit of the night. He was 0-for-15 against Logan before that at-bat.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: One-out homer by Martin has the Yankees on the board, but 5-1 seems like a massive deficit with the way things are going tonight.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Heart of the order could hardly be any worse right now. Granderson’s leadoff double goes no where, and now the Yankees have one more inning to erase this four-run deficit.