Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Ivan Nova P
RHP Ivan Nova (7-2, 5.09)
Nova has never faced any of the Braves
Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado LF
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Chipper Jones 3B
Jason Heyward RF
Andrelton Simmons SS
Randall Delgado P
RHP Randall Delgado (4-5, 4.26)
Delgado vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It rained off and on throughout the day, but it’s cleared up at this point. Still plenty of clouds in the sky, but looks promising.
UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Chad Fairchild
NEW EXPERIENCE: Ivan Nova has never faced any of the current Braves. Meanwhile, the Yankees have a total of four career at-bats against Braves starter Randall Delgado (both Raul Ibanez and Chris Stewart are 0-for-2).
A GOOD SIGN? According to Elias, the Yankees are 23-9 over the past two seasons in games in which they are opposed by a starting pitcher who they are facing for the first time. That includes a 6-4 mark this season, winning their last three.
ONE A ROLL: The Yankees have won three straight games. They’ve won eight of their past 10, 13 of their past 17, 14 of their past 21 and 20 of their past 32.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: An extra-base hit for Rodriguez and a hit with RISP for Cano? Maybe this National League thing is going to work out for the Yankees. They’re up 1-0.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Well the Yankees have a home run, so now it’s at least possible for them to win this game. Ibanez goes deep to start the second inning, and it’s a 2-0 game.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Organist plays Coldplay when Russell Martin comes to the plate. A nod to Chris Martin, perhaps?
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: NOVA!!! And yes, the ball was thrown into the Yankees dugout for him to keep.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Great, gutsy move by Rodriguez to take third on what was — no kidding — ruled a double for Cano.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Can’t be the hero every day. Martin pops out with the bases loaded to end the top of the third. The Yankees got a run on a wild pitch and are now leading 3-0.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: That’s an awfully good catch by Swisher, an awfully weird balk by Nova and an awfully nice snag by Cano. It’s still 3-0 after four innings.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Chavez pinch hitting, which means Nova is finished after seven scoreless innings. Remember when I was writing that he was only a few bad starts away from wondering whether his rotation spot was in jeopardy? . . . Nevermind.