Curtis Granderson CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki DH
Russell Martin C
RHP Ivan Nova (10-5, 4.53)
Nova vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Andy Dirks LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
Delmon Young DH
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Omar Infante 2B
RHP Justin Verlander (11-7, 2.63)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Beautiful, actually. Bright blue sky with a little bit of a breeze, but not much.
UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Tim Welke, 3B Todd Tichenor
FOR STARTERS: The Yankees are 24-11 (.686) in series openers this seasos. That’s the best such winning percentage in the Majors. The Yankees have won 13 of their past 18 openers, including six of their past eight. They are 10-7 in series openers on the road.
AGAINST VERLANDER: The Yankees have not lost to Justin Verlander in their last five games against him. It’s only the third time Verlander has gone at least five starts against a team without a win (also six games against the White Sox from September 19, 2006 through April 12, 2008; and five games against the Angels from May 4, 2006 to June 5, 2009). … Derek Jeter has a career .344 (11-for-32) average against Verlander, the fourth-highest among all Major Leaguers with at least 30 at-bats against him. … The Yankees have scored in the first inning in each of their last five games against Verlander, and six of their last seven, including the postseason.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Yankees are 29-22 (.569) on the road this season, the best such record in the American League and the fourth-highest winning percentage in the Majors behind Washington, Atlanta and Cincinnati.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Verlander gets a call against Ibanez in the top of the second inning, then Fielders goes deep to start the bottom half of the inning. It’s a 1-0 Tigers lead. Verlander is pitching like Verlander.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Runners at the corners from Granderson and Jeter. Granderson strikes out, Jeter chops to the mound, and Verlander is out of the inning and out of trouble.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Cabrera and Fielder are such a dangerous combination in the middle of this Detroit order. Cabrera just crushed a homer to center. And I mean crushed. Deep to center. It’s now 2-0.
UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Verlander opened the door with his error, and the Jeter and Cano have followed with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game at 2.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Nova was pitching well except for the two solo homers, but here in the fifth he’s allowed five straight singles and a sac fly to let the Tigers pull back in front 5-2.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Three straight singles have given the Tigers another run in the sixth. Nova’s thrown just 68 pitches, but he’s finished. Based on body language, his confidence seemed shot in that inning. Chamberlain is in with one out and runners at the corners. It’s now a 6-3 game.