Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (6-2, 3.66)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Quintin Berry CF
Danny Worth 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young LF
Gerald Laird DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Omir Santos C
Ramon Santiago SS
Casey Crosby (major league debut)
Has never faced any of the Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Chilly and rainy. The tarp came off the field about an hour ago.
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Dan Bellino
FIRST TIMER: The Yankees will face a starting pitcher making his Major League debut for the 15th time since 2000, and the third time this season (also Kansas City’s Will Smith on May 23 at Yankee Stadium and Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen on April 10 at Camden Yards). The Yankees have gone 6-8 in their previous 14 such contests, winning their last three after dropping six in a row from September 30, 2004 (Toronto’s Gustavo Chacin) to July 27, 2010 (Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin, the last pitcher to win his Major League debut against the Yankees).
WHO? The Yankees are facing a Detroit pitcher making his ML debut for the first time since defeating Beiker Graterol on April 9, 1999 at Yankee Stadium.
FILLING IN NICELY: Rafael Soriano has stepped into the closer role and is 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season. Since joining the Yankees, Soriano has converted all eight save opportunites that have come in the ninth inning or later, allowing one earned run in 7.2 innings.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Four walks from Crosby this inning, including Jeter with the bases loaded. That’s given the Yankees a lead, and now with two outs, Crosby has to face a series of dangerous hitters. (scratch that, it’s tied at one).
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Granderson goes deep, a grand slam off the kid for a 5-1 lead.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Solo homer by Santiago has pulled the Tigers within 5-2. That was Santiago’s first of the year.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Couple more hits this inning and the Tigers are within 5-3. Sabathia clearly not having one of his best days.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Sabathia leaves the bases loaded in the third, getting Boesch to strike out to end the threat. He needed that one pretty badly.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Pretty bad call at first base, both my umpire Bob Davidson (who got the call wrong) and Gerald Laird (who tried to slide head first and is now leaving the game with an injury).
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Two-run homer by Rodriguez should have this game out of reach. It’s 9-4 Yankees with Wade going out to pitch the ninth.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Scratch that. It’s never too late to mix and match, and now Rapada is in to face Alex Avila.