1. Curtis Granderson CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Raul Ibanez DH
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Eric Chavez 3B
8. Ichiro Suzuki LF
9. Russell Martin C
CC Sabathia LHP
1. Dustin Ackley 2B
2. Casper Wells CF
3. Kyle Seager 3B
4. Jesus Montero DH
5. Mike Carp 1B
6. Miguel Olivo C
7. Eric Thames RF
8. Trayvon Robinson LF
9. Brendan Ryan SS
Kevin Millwood RHP
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Umpires: Vic Carapazza HP, Larry Vanover 1B, Angel Campos 2B, Jerry Layne 3B
CC v. Seattle: Sabathia has given up one earned run or less in nine of his last 10 starts against the Mariners dating to 2007, including the last seven, which ties for the best stretch in this category by a Yankees pitcher against one opponent since 1920. Sabathia has indeed won his last seven starts against them.
Series openers: The Yankees are 23-11 in the first game of a series this season, winning five of the last seven and 12 of the last 17.
Hot Mariners: Seattle hasn’t been missing Ichiro. The Mariners have won seven straight.
Update, 7:14: CC breezes 1-2-3 in the first. On paper, this Seattle lineup doesn’t look like it has a lot of hits in it, although I like Montero. The Mariners have won 13 of their last 17. Their pitching hasn’t been bad.
Update, 7:27: Teixeira fans, leaving Cano at second. But at least that cortisone shot worked to get Teixeira back in the lineup.
Update, 7:32: Sabathia again 1-2-3 in the second.
Update, 7:40: The Yankees aren’t getting anything going against Millwood so far, either. Chavez hits into an inning-ending double play.
Update, 7:46: Sabathia perfect through three. Chavez helped him with a nice barehanded play to get Trayvon Robinson on a ball Sabathia deflected with his glove.
Update, 7:52: Will the Yankees need any more runs? They have two on Curtis Granderson’s two-run single in the third.
Update, 8:00: I don’t know why I thought Sabathia was going to throw a no-no tonight. But Casper Wells just hit a ball to the visiting pen, cutting it to 2-1. Oh well.
Update, 8:18: Ichiro strands runners at first and third in the fourth. But he extended his Yankees hitting streak to 10 in the third. So far, he’s only been good for one hit a game.
Update, 8:27: Sabathia one-hitter with 8 Ks through five.
Update, 8:40: Millwood is pitching rather well. He gets Cano to strand Jeter at second. So it’s 2-1 after five.
Update, 8:46: Great off-speed stuff tonight from Sabathia. Two more Ks in a 1-2-3 sixth.
Update, 8:56: Chavez two-run homer to right, No. 10.
Update, 9:05: One-hitter through seven for Sabathia, 1-2-3 six of the seven innings. No walks along the way. Last time he pitched here against Seattle was in July 2011 and he allowed one run and one hit and fanned 14 in seven innings. He was perfect for 6 1/3.
Update, 9:08: Millwood is done. Righty Carter Capps will make his big-league debut.
Update, 9:15: Second and third, one out, Capps out, Oliver Perez in.
Update, 9:19: Cano RBI No. 63, lines a single into right, still first and third, 5-1.
Update, 9:23: Ibanez RBI single, 6-1.
Update, 9:33: Sabathia gives up a double in the eighth, but he escapes unscathed. He had put down 12 straight Mariners since the Wells homer. Stephen Pryor now pitching for Seattle.
Update, 9:41: Sabathia is out there for the ninth, looking for his second complete game.
Update, 9:45: Ackley two-run homer, 6-3. Girardi hears boos on the way to the mound, but he leaves in Sabathia.
Update, 9:51: Yankees win 6-3, three-hitter.