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 David Phelps (0-1, 3.74)
Phelps vs. Rays
Ben Zobrist RF
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce LF
Luke Scott DH
Will Rhymes 2B
Elliott Johnson SS
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Chris Gimenez C
RHP Jeff Niemann (2-3, 4.05)
Niemann vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Chance of rain at some point tonight.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B Mike Estabrook, 2B James Hoye, 3B Jim Joyce
COUNTING ON THE LONG BALL: The Yankees lead the Majors with 47 home runs and are 0-5 in games when they’ve failed to hit one.
HOME SWEET HOME: Curtis Granderson leads the Majors with nine home runs at home this season. He has eight homers in his past 11 home games, and his 10 homers overall rank second in the American League and tied for third in the Majors trailing only Josh Hamilton (14) and Matt Kemp (12).
SWEET HOME ALABAMA: Dave Robertson now has four career saves, one in each of the past four seasons. He gave the same last night, and also got one on September 3, 2011 against Toronto, August 12, 2010 at Kansas City and July 27, 2009 at Tampa Bay.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Perhaps Phelps was paying too much attention to Robertson last night. He just loaded the bases in the first inning, but got out of it with a routine grounder to second.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: RBI double by Robinson Cano has the Yankees in front 1-0. That’s right, Robinson Cano has another RBI. One away from double digits!
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Nine-pitch second inning for Phelps. That’s huge after that 28-pitch first. Gives him a fighting chance to get through at least five.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Granderson went the other way against the shift, but not far enough the other way. Third baseman Sean Rodriguez — playing closer to the shortstop position — made the routine play for the first out in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Phelps has retired 10 of the last 11. He’s up to 70 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Phelps was rolling along before a two-out double and back-to-back walks in the fifth. He’s pulled for Boone Logan, who will come in to face Matt Joyce with the bases load. Phelps pitched well, but he’ll get a no decision at best.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Logan gets Joyce swinging at a slider and the Yankees are out of the jam. Still a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Impressive play by Teixeira, who got bonus points for getting the out at second instead of first.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Soriano gets into trouble and gets out of trouble. Looks like we’re heading for a second straight night of Robertson in the ninth, this time with a one-run lead instead of two.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Looks like the foot hit the bag before Cano applied the tag. Bad call by Swisher to throw to third.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Swisher made it incredibly close at the plate, but B.J. Upton’s sac fly has tied the game in the ninth. Dave Robertson let the Rays load the bases with no outs.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: Three-run homer by Joyce. Robertson’s blown save has left the Yankees with a 4-1 deficit in the ninth. This place has fallen silent.