Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (6-2, 5.60)
Nova vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Hideki Matsui DH
Carlos Pena 1B
Sean Rodriguez SS
Jose Molina C
Will Rhymes 3B
RHP Alex Cobb (2-1, 3.71)
Cobb vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN2
WEATHER: It’s supposedly 69 right now, but doesn’t feel it. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop by 8pm. Partly cloudy skies are expected with temperatures slowly falling to near 62. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 55%.
UMPIRES: HP Alan Porter, 1B Paul Nauert, 2B Doug Eddings, 3B Dana DeMuth (crew chief)
FIRST PLACE?: The Yankees finally have a chance to move into first tonight. They currently trail the Rays and Orioles by 1/2 game, and can secure first alone with a win and a Baltimore loss. The Orioles are at Fenway tonight.
IT’S SO GRAND: No this isn’t a bit about Curtis Granderson. The Yankees are now tied with Colorado and Tampa for the most grand slams. They have four after Russell Martin’s grand slam Tuesday night. Ironically, the Yankees have the fifth-worst batting average in bases-loaded situations at .167, but four of their 10 hits have been homers. That includes three of their last four hits with the bases full.
SWISHER JOINING WOUNDED WARRIORS: Nick Swisher participated in a pregame ceremony tonight to mark the beginning of his involvement in the Wounded Warrior project. The club recognized WWP Alumni with several veterans on the 68th anniversary of D-Day.
I’ll have a few updates, but don’t forget to follow along more regularly on Twitter @LoHudYankees.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: A few items to take out of tonight’s conference call with Damon Oppenheimer:
1. He said Ty Hensley is a big, durable pitcher with the build of a frontline starter. “We think we have a chance at a high-ceiling (player) here,” Oppenheimer said.
2. Oppenheimer called the newest Yankee picks “a diverse group.” (I’ll have stats on the breakdown between pitchers and position players later.)
3. The Yankees picked the son of former Cleveland closer Jose Mesa in the 24th round. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I can tell you Jose Mesa Jr. is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound power righty from Florida. He is originally from the Dominican, but began attending high school in Florida as a sophomore. Here’s a story about some of Mesa Jr.’s exploits.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Teixeira’s solo homer into the second deck gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead. He now has five home runs and 13 RBI since May 23. Not bad.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Stat from Ken Davidoff of the Post: Cano’s homer was his 148th as a Yankee second baseman. He broke the club record, which was previously held by Tony Lazzeri and Joe Gordon at 147.