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 (7-2, 3.68)
Sabathia vs. Rays
Elliot Johnson SS
Ben Zobrist DH
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Matt Joyce RF
Drew Sutton 2B
LHP David Price (7-2, 2.44)
Price vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: The rain began to fell toward the end of Tampa’s BP session. There’s puddling in the stands and the tarp is on the field. It’d be surprising if the game began on time. The forecast calls for isolated or scattered thunderstorms up until about midnight, so sit tight.
UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Dana DeMuth (crew chief), 3B Alan Porter
FIRST PLACE, PART DEUX?: Again, the Yankees finally have a chance to move into first tonight. They currently trail the Orioles by 1/2 game after moving in front of the Rays by taking the first two games of the series. They can secure first alone with a win and a Baltimore loss. The Orioles are at Fenway tonight and, like the Yankees, will try for the sweep.
THE TROUBLE WITH TAMPA: Sabathia is 10-7 with a 3.11 ERA in his career against the Rays, but the big left has scuffled against them since joining the Yankees. He’s won just three of 15 starts since 2009, going 3-6 with a 3.62 ERA. Before joining the Yankees, CC went 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA against Tampa. Of course, it goes without saying that these aren’t the same Rays. However, the group of Rays who are active tonight have batted .193 career against Sabathia.
STARTING STRONG: In their last five starts, Yankees starters are 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA, 32 strikouts and just nine walks in 38.1 innings pitched. Each of the five pitchers tossing at least seven innings. It started with Sabathia’s seven innings of three-run ball in Detroit.
I’ll have a few updates throughout the game, but don’t forget to follow along more regularly on Twitter @LoHudYankees.
UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: First pitch is now scheduled for 7:30.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: CC Sabathia has struck out eight through four innings to match his second-most in a game all season. Still, he’s also matched a season-high with five runs allowed. Yes, three were earned, but he had ample opportunity to escape unscathed after the A-Rod error in the third.
Rays lead 5-1.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: A few stats from that inning…
The Yankees are now 10 for 62 with the bases loaded this season after A-Rod and Cano are retired by Price. Do the math. It’s bad.
Perhaps the long inning will have an effect on Price, who threw 38 pitches in the fifth and is now up to 109 for the game. After pounding Granderson with 97-98 m.p.h. heat, he threw 11 pitches to Rodriguez, but eight of them were breaking balls.