Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.50)
Kuroda vs. Royals
Jarrod Dyson CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Billy Butler DH
Mike Moustakas 3B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Chris Getz 2B
Humberto Quintero C
RHP Felipe Paulino (1-1, 1.93)
Paulino vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: The tarp came off the field about an hour ago. The forecast isn’t great, but it seems to be clearing out.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Wally Bell
ROYAL SUCCESS: Robinson Cano has hit safely in each of his past 13 games against Kansas City dating back to August 13, 2010. He has a .302 combined average off Royals pitchers over the stretch. … Alex Rodriguez has 46 career home runs against Kansas City, tied for his fifth most against any team and the second most by any active player against the Royals (Jim Thome has 49).
FIVE AWAY: Derek Jeter is five hits behind Paul Waner for 15th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. Jeter has 3,147.
SLOW START: The Yankees have let opponents score within the first two innings in 31 of 41 games this season. They’ve allowed a total of 85 runs in the first three innings this season and 97 runs in the fourth or later.
UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Moustakas takes Kuroda deep, a two-run homer just inside the right foul pole for a 2-0 Royals lead in the first.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Teixeira’s first at-bat is a strikeout, part of a quick 1-2-3 second inning for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Kuroda’s third walk of the inning has loaded the bases, and one of those walked batters has already scored. It’s 3-0 in the third, Kuroda in a bit of a jam (obviously).
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Grounder to third gets Kuroda out of it.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Ibanez very nearly had a grand slam, but the at-bats that really let the Yankees down were bases-loaded strikeouts by Cano and Rodriguez with the bases loaded. Line it up however you like, this hitters have to produce for the lineup to do its job.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Great slide by Rodriguez to take third on a fly ball to left.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Freddy Garcia’s been pretty good since moving into the bullpen, but he just gave up a two-run homer to push the Royals lead to 5-0 in the seventh. It’s getting ugly.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Good grief. Cano’s grounder to third means the Yankees are 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position tonight. At some point, you have to think this will even out, but right now these guys just can’t get a big hit. It’s kind of amazing to watch. It keeps happening, time after time.