Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Dewayne Wise LF
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (5-1, 3.77)
Sabathia vs. Reds
Chris Heisey LF
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Ryan Ludwick DH
Todd Frazier 3B
Ryan Hanigan C
Zack Cozart SS
RHP Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.89)
Cueto vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Beautiful day. So far I’m glad I left my jacket in the car.
UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Alan Porter, 2B Larry Vanover, 3B Brian Gorman
NEED THE LONG BALL: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are the only team in the Majors to have not won a game in which they have not homered this season. They’re 0-9 in those games. This is the longest such losing streak to start a season in franchise history (previous high was 0-8 to begin 2007).
KEEP HIM IN THE LINEUP: In a platoon role, Raul Ibanez ranks second on the Yankees with 25 RBI this season. Those 25 RBI have come on 28 hits. His 13 RBI in May are the most by a Yankee this month.
FOR THE SERIES: The Yankees are 3-2 in rubber games of three-game series this season. They’ve won three of four such games at home.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Through two innings, the pitching matchup is living up to its billing. Both CC and Cueto look sharp. Five strikeouts, no walks, two singles.
UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Nice little play by Phillips to turn the double play. Jeter has seen 15 pitches in two tough at-bats against Cueto.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Plenty of boos as Rodriguez pops out and slams his bat to the ground, leaving runners at first and second.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: I never get sick of watching Cano make that play going to his right. He routinely makes the play, but you always know it’s not a routine play.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: The Reds have thier first hit, a one-out single by Todd Frazier in the fifth inning.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: The Yankees have scattered some singles, but it’s hard to do much against Cueto. This guy’s good.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: That’s an awfully good pitch from Sabathia to get out of the sixth with a runner stranded at third.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Rodriguez pops out. Ibanez goes deep. His ninth homer of the year gives the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the sixth. He really never hits home runs into the lower deck. It’s second deck or bust with Ibanez.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: First pitch to Ludwick is a solo homer to make it 2-1.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Well that was fast. Second Reds home run this inning, and it’s a tied game again.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Sabathia has walked three straight, including Phillips with the bases loaded. Don’t see that every day.
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Sabathia not at all pleased with himself as he walks off the mound shouting. He struck out Bruce to end the inning, but the damage is done and the Reds are leading 3-2.
UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Soriano is in to pitch. Girardi has gone back to the dugout. And Jeter still hasn’t put his glove back on his left hand. That ball seemed to bounce up and hit him in the wrist, and it’s obviously bothering Jeter.