Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Dewayne Wise CF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-7, 3.57)
Kuroda vs. Indians
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Carlos Santana C
Michael Brantley CF
Johnny Damon LF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jack Hannahan 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall DH
RHP John Tomlin (3-4, 5.12)
Tomlin vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN2
WEATHER: It was pouring around 5 p.m., but things have cleared up and the tarp is off the field.
UMPIRES: HP Mike DiMuro, 1B Jim Reynolds, 2B James Hoye, 3B Tom Hallion
FOR STARTERS: The Yankees are 17-7 in series openers this season, including a 9-2 mark in series openers at home. They have won seven of their last nine openers.
KEEPING IT CLOSE: Since May 22 the Yankees have gone 22-7. They have had 18 of the 29 games decided by three runs or less, going 14-4 in those contests. The Yankees?opened the season 9-12 in games decided by three runs or fewer.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: The Yankees have the second-best record in the Majors behind Texas and have won six of their last seven series and eight of their last 10. They play 13 of their next 20 games at Yankee Stadium, with all of those games coming against teams currently above .500 (Indians, White Sox, Rays, Red Sox, Angels and Blue Jays).
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Damon gets his own roll call in the bottom of the first and tips his cap.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: You don’t see many singles hit that hard. Teixeira just lined one off the top of the wall, but he hit it too hard to allow time to reach second.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Two-run double by Cano. He’s out at third mostly because the throw home was so far off line. If the Indians had any hope of actually getting an out at the plate, they wouldn’t have had time to throw Cano out at third.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Wise goes deep. Clearly Girardi is a genius.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: There goes Cano. That’s homer No. 17 for the year. He’s homered in six of his last eight games.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Swisher makes it back-to-back homers and it’s 6-0 Yankees in the third. They’ve scored two runs in each of the first three innings and there’s already action in the Cleveland bullpen.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Scott Barnes pitch. Surely I would have remembered a delivery like this.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Check out Dewayne Wise with the two-out RBI triple in the sixth. It’s now 7-0.