Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez LF
RHP Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.58)
Nova vs. Rays
Ben Zobrist RF
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce LF
Luke Scott DH
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Will Rhymes 2B
Sean Rodriguez SS
Jose Molina C
RHP James Shields (5-0, 3.05)
Shields vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Chance of rain at some point tonight.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Joyce, 1B Jim Reynolds, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B James Hoye
THEM AGAIN: Last time the Yankees played the Rays, the Rays swept a season-opening three-game series in St. Petersburg. Since then, the Yankees have gone 15-10 and the Rays have gone 16-10.
CANO FEELING GRANDISH: Robinson Cano hit his eighth career grand slam on Sunday and has hit a Major League-best seven grand slams since 2009. He?has hit more slams as a second baseman than any other Yankee, surpassing Tony Lazzeri, who hit seven as a second baseman and one as third baseman. Cano is tied for ninth place on the Yankees’ all-time grand slam list.
OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE NOT A GOLFER: The New York Yankees Foundation will hold its second annual New York Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament next Tuesday at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J. Net proceeds will benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancer Center, Tourette Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey, the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Nova looks pretty sharp so far. He’s struggled a little bit lately, but he’s struck out four through these first two innings.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Nova is dealing. Meanwhile, Cano continues to own James Shields with leadoff double int he bottom of the fourth. He came into this game hitting .400 in his career against Shields.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Before that home run, Ibanez had only one career hit against Shields. That one was also a homer. Ibanez’s two-run shot has given the Yankees a 2-0 lead heading into the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Seven strikeouts through five innings for Nova.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Granderson goes sky-high for his 10th homer of the season to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Jose Molina takes Nova deep to start the sixth inning, then Ben Zobrist follows with a walk.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Luke Scott’s seventh home run of the year pulls the Rays within 3-2. This could be the first night the bullpen is truly tested since Mariano Rivera went on the disabled list.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Nova’s start has hit some bumpy ground here in the seventh. Runners at second and third with two outs and Molina coming to the plate. Get this out, and Nova will be through seven innings with two runs and the lead. Give up a base hit, and it could be 6.2 innings with four runs and a deficit. Huge difference.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Big strikeout by Nova keeps a 3-2 lead intact. Looks like Soriano and Robertson will handle the eighth and ninth.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Soriano keeps the Yankees in the lead, but not before letting the Rays pull within a run on a wild pitch. It will be up to Robertson to keep this lead safe in the ninth. Would be the Yankees first save opportunity since Mariano Rivera’s injury.