Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15)
Sabathia vs. Rays
Ben Zobrist RF
Sean Rodriguez 3B
B.J. Upton CF
Jeff Keppinger DH
Brandon Guyer LF
Carlos Pena 1B
Elliot Johnson SS
Chris Gimenez C
Will Rhymes 2B
LHP David Price (5-1, 2.35)
Price vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Sky actually looks pretty clear tonight. Still a little bit chilly with wind blowing out to right.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 21 James Hoye, 2B Jim Joyce, 3B Jim Reynolds
ROUGH NIGHT: Prior to allowing four runs in the ninth inning last night, the Yankees had allowed just three runs in the ninth all season.
PLACE IN HISTORY: Derek Jeter is three hits away from tying Tony Gwynn for 17th on baseball’s all-time hits list. Alex Rodriguez is three runs away from tying Craig Biggio for 12th on baseball’s all-time runs scored list. If Rodriguez is feeling incredibly productive today, he’s 10 RBIs away from tying Eddie Murray for seven on that all-time list.
CELEBRATING YOGI: The Yankees will hold a birthday commemoration for Yogi Berra before Saturday’s game against Seattle. It will be the Hall of Famer’s 87th birthday, and?fans are urged to arrive early. Pregame festivities which will begin at approximately 3:40 p.m. All guests in attendance at that day’s game will receive a Commemorative Yogi Berra Baseball Card, presented by Yankees-Steiner.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Nunez’s error costs the Yankees a run. The guy just seems to rush the routine plays, and it would have hurt them even more if not for a good throw from Swisher and a good tag by Stewart to get Keppinger out at the plate. It’s a 1-0 lead for the Rays after a half inning.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Another error by Nunez has two on in the second inning, but Sabathia is one out away from getting out of the jam.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: So much for that. Rodriguez singles in the run and it’s 2-0 Rays. Both runs that scored should have been eliminated by Nunez.
UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Granderson goes deep to pull the Yankees within 2-1 in the bottom fo the second. That’s his 11th of the season.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Stewart ties the game with a two-out single that scores Nunez. Stewart ends up at third after the Rays throw the ball around a little bit, and now Jeter is up with a chance to put the Yankees in the lead. Stewart’s been a nice addition for the Yankees so far this season. Nothing overwhelming, just steady and helpful, which is about all you want from a backup (but not personal) catcher.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Nunez apparently trying to make up for the errors by stealing bases. He’s stolen second base twice tonight, one for each of his costly errors.
UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: If Cano gets hot, it will help solve a lot of this team’s offensive problems. He has three hits tonight including his third home run of the season which just put the Yankees in front 4-2 in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: RBI double by Andruw Jones has pushed the lead to 5-2.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Jayson Nix in to play third base. That’s either for defense or because Nunez hurt himself legging out that infield single last inning.