Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-6, 3.96)
Kuroda vs. Tigers
Quintin Berry CF
Danny Worth 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Don Kelly LF
Omir Santos C
RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 5.21)
Porcello vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:15 p.m., FOX
WEATHER: Chilly and cloudy. Haven’t seen a tarp on the field today.
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Dan Bellino, 3B Jerry Layne
HEY LOOK, AN OFFENSE: The Yankees have scored at least six runs in six of their last eight games after doing so just once over their previous 10 games from 5/13-22.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Yankees have gone 5-2 on their current road trip, outscoring their opponents 41-28. They?lead the Majors with 38 road homers this season and rank sixth with a .265 road batting average. The Yankees?are averaging 5.12 runs per game on the road in 2012, fourth-highest in the Majors.
MOVING UP: After last night’s two-run homer, Alex Rodriguez has 1,914 career RBI. He’s three away from tying Eddie Murray for seventh place on baseball’s all-time RBI list. … Derek Jeter is one run away from tying Ted Williams for 17th on baseball’s all-time runs scored list.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Yankees leave a couple stranded in the top of the first, now the Tigers have a man a third in the bottom of the first … but the tarp just came on the field. It’s not exactly pouring, but it’s very windy and I have to think that’s making the rain even more disruptive.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Tarp coming off the field.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Quick out right after the delay. Kuroda needs to get through Fielder.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Look out! Nice reaction play by Teixeira to get through the first inning scoreless.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Nice running grab by Cano for the last out in the third. Looked like a bloop single off the bat.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: If it makes him feel any better, Teixeira’s ball wouldn’t have been even close to leaving the park with its old dimensions.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Audible gasps from the press box. Cabrera just hit a monster home run to dead center. Yowza. He seriously crushed that for a 1-0 Tigers lead.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Pickoff and a punch out end the fifth, but not before the Tigers add a run on a pair of singles. It’s 2-0 Tigers.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Nice bit of base running by the Yankees there. Cano went first to third on Teixeira’s single — itself a pretty gutsy decision — and Teixeira went first to second when the Tigers tried to throw out Cano. That’s enough for runers at second and third with one out here in the sixth. Good opportunity to tie the game right here.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Yankees settle for one on Ibanez’s ground out to short. Swisher struck out to end the inning, leaving the tying run at second.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Remember the Yankees good base running in the top of this inning? That was some bad base running by Cabrera in the bottom half. With no outs and Fielder at the plate, Cabrera tried to take third on a ball in the dirt. It looked like Martin couldn’t find it, but he got it plenty of time to nab Cabrera.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Girardi and Long have been tossed, Girardi for the 14th time as Yankees manager. You don’t see him that mad very often.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: Rodriguez flips his bat in disgust as he pops out to end the scoring opportunity in the seventh.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Hey look, an actual hit with a runner in scoring position! Nick Swisher’s two-out single eighth has tied the game. And he’s now stolen second and taken third on a bad throw that went into center field.