Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Hiroki Kuroda P
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46)
Kuroda vs. Braves
Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado LF
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Chipper Jones 3B
Jason Heyward RF
Eric Hinske 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Tim Hudson P
RHP Tim Hudson (4-2, 3.83)
Hudson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: A lot like yesterday. Warm outside with a few clouds and a bunch of sunshine.
UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Brian O’Nora
GRAND: As you know, Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam last night, tying Lou Gehrig for the most grand slams all time. It was Rodriguez’s 13th grand slam as a Yankee, tying Joe DiMaggio for the second-most in franchise history. Twelve of his grand slams have tied the game or given his team the lead (six as a Yankee). It was Rodriguez’s 11th grand slam in the seventh inning or later.
ALL ABOUT A-ROD: The Yankees are 16-0 this season when Rodriguez drives in at least one run. They have won their last 20 such games dating back to last season.
DOUBLE DIGITS: With Rodriguez and Nick Swisher each hitting their 10th home runs of the season last night, the Yankees now have six players with double digit home runs in 2012. That’s the most in the Majors.
CLOSING IT OUT: The Yankees are 12-8 in series finales this season. They have won their five of their last six finale and are 6-4 in finales on the road.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Hiroki Kuroda works a scoreless first inning, keeping a 1-0 lead intact after Jeter’s double and Rodriguez’s RBI single in the top of the inning.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Kuroda leaves the bases loaded in the second inning. See, having the pitcher hit isn’t such a bad thing (striking out Hudson certainly helped).
UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Big fist pump from Martin as Kuroda gets out of another jam. He left runners at second and third in the fourth inning, keeping that 1-0 lead intact. It’s starting to rain quite a bit here, but so far they’re playing through it.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Kuroda’s been pitching out of trouble all night, but Brian McCann just crushed a two-run homer in the fifth to put the Braves in front 2-1.
UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Two-run homer by Granderson has the Yankees back in front. You knew they weren’t going to win this game without a home run anyway.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Huge out by Eppley, getting the double play to end the eighth, leaving the tying run stranded at third.