Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise LF
RHP Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.03)
Nova vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings LF
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Ben Zobrist RF
Luke Scott DH
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Elliott Johnson SS
RHP James Shields (7-5, 4.04)
Shields vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Another night under the big, white roof.
UMPIRES: HP Sam Holbrook, 1B Mike Estabrook, 2B Rob Drake, 3B Joe West
DAMN DOME: The Yankees have lost eight straight games at Tropicana Field dating back to last season (including an 0-4 mark in 2012). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the eight-game skid is the Yankees’ longest on the road against any one team since dropping 15 in a row at Texas from 1989-91.
CLOSE CALLS: Of the eight straight defeats at the Trop, all have been decided by three runs or less, including four one-run losses. The Yankees have had the lead in five of the games.
DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN: Mark Teixeira was charged with his first error of the season last night. He had not made an error since September 6, 2011, snapping a 93-game errorless stretch, going 807 total chances. He was one of only two Major League first basemen with at least 250 total chances without an error (also Oakland’s Daric Barton, 310 total chances through yesterday).
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Couple of doubles leads to a couple of runs and the Yankees are in front 2-0.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Dewayne Wise. Solo homer. Naturally. It’s now a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Martin’s home plate fumble lets the Rays get a run in the third.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Official call changed so that Martin gets an error and Wise gets an assist on the play at the plate. The bigger issue for the Yankees is that Keppinger just singled in two runs to make it 3-3.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: All three Rays runs in that inning are unearned.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Chavez’s two-out single gave the Yankees a one-run lead in the top of the fourth, but it didn’t last. Sean Rodriguez just hit a two-run homer to put the Rays on top, 5-4.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Nice slide by Cano made that play a lot closer than it initially looked, but still, that’s a terrible send and the Rays are still up 5-4.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Not entirely sure why Martin was throwing to second base in the first place — Jennings was going to score even if he got the out — and the fact the throw was terrible made it even worse. It’s now 7-4 Rays.