Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Casey McGehee 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (11-3, 3.53)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jeff Baker LF
Brennan Boesch RF
Gerald Laird C
Ramon Santiago SS
RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-8, 3.99 for full season)
Sanchez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: The Yankees have lost two straight, but they surely can’t complain about the weather during this series. Another bright, sunny day in Detroit. Starting to cool down a little bit, though.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Bob Davidson
CHAVEZ HEATING UP: Eric Chavez is batting .455 (10-for-22) with six runs, two doubles, three homers and six RBI over his last seven games. He has a .314 (38-for-121) average with nine homers when playing in the field this season (either 1B or 3B), compared to .256 (11-for-43) with one homer as the DH. Chavez has hit eight homers over his last 33 games after hitting just three during his first 42 games of 2012.
AT THE STADIUM: Tonight, Yankee Stadium will host its second soccer game of the year. Spanish champion Real Madrid plays Italian powerhouse AC Milan, with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. Mariano Rivera will participate in the on-field coin toss prior to the match.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Chavez stays hot with a bloop single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Now Granderson is up with two outs and runners at the corners.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: And Granderson drives in a run with a single.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: I love the fans here booing CC for hitting Prince Fielder. It’s one of Sabathia’s closest friends in baseball. I don’t think this one’s going to start a brawl.
UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Now it’s getting interesting. Granderson just hit a three-run homer, his second hit of the game to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead. Meanwhile, earlier in the inning, Anibal Sanchez plunked Cano — looked intentional — and now both benches have been warned, which doesn’t make things any easier on Sabathia trying to pitch to Cabrera.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Two more Yankees runs on four hits and a sac fly in the fourth. The Yankees have built a 7-0 lead. The offense hasn’t looked like this in a while.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Little surprised Ichiro didn’t try to get the out at the plate, but that’s a different discussion. The important fact is that Detroit has cut the lead to 7-3 with two runs in the sixth. The Tigers scored their first run in the fourth, now theyh’re put together three straight hits here in the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: McGehee lets a ball get past him, then Teixeira can’t make the play for an out at the plate. Another run has scored for the Tigers — the Yankees also scored one in the top of the inning — and it’s 8-4 in the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: So Robertson came out of the pen and got two ground balls, but one hit off Teixeira’s glove for an infield single and the other stayed just inside the third-base line for an RBI base hit. It’s now 8-5 Yankees, and the Tigers have the tying run at the plate.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Another infield single and now it’s 8-6.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Now Avila has dinked a bloop single to left for another Tigers run. Brutal inning for Robertson, who hasn’t been hit hard but also has yet to get an out.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: The inning finally ends with a ground ball to second. All four runs go down as unearned for the Yankees, but the final two are charged as earned for Robertson (the Yankees should have gotten three outs with Sabathia on the mound, but there were no errors behind Robertson so his runs still go on his permanent record).