Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Dewayne Wise LF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Phil Hughes (7-6, 4.94)
Hughes 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 Justin Masterson (4-6, 3.98)
Masterson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Certainly not hot outside, but not too chilly either. It’s a nice night.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B James Hoye, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Mike DiMuro
BIRTHDAY BOY: Derek Jeter is celebrating his 38th birthday today. The only players to accumulate more hits prior to turning 38 years old were Hank Aaron (3,272) and Ty Cobb (3,666). According to Elias, Jeter currently has 11 more hits than all-time hits leader Pete Rose (3,170) at the time of his 38th birthday. … On his birthday, Jeter owns a .318 average but has never homered. He last played on his birthday in 2010 going 1-for-4 with two runs and a walk in a 9-4 Yankees loss to the Dodgers.
MORE SIGNINGS: The Yankees have signed three more picks from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. C?Peter O’Brien (Compensation B pick following second round), OF Nathan Mikolas (third round) and RHP Corey Black (fourth round) have each signed. The Yankees have signed 13 of their top 15 picks, 16 of their first 20, and 20 overall from this year’s draft.
STILL WAITING: Yankees fifth round pick 2B Rob Refsnyder has yet to sign, but he was named the College World Series MVP last night as his school, the University of Arizona, won the national title. In his six College World Series games, he went 10-for-21 (.476) with six runs, five RBI and two stolen bases.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Back-to-back two-out singles by Wise and Stewart have given the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Hey look, the Yankees are hitting with runners in scoring position. Granderson’s bases-loaded single brought in two more runs for a 3-0 lead after two innings.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Sac fly brings in another run and it’s 4-0 in the fifth. Phil Hughes has allowed three hits.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Back to back strikeouts for Hughes to get out of the sixth. Getting Kipnis and Santana is huge in this lineup.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Did Wise actually catch that? I’m not so sure.