Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Raul Ibanez LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.19)
Kuroda vs. Tigers
Quintin Berry CF
Andy Dirks LF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Prince Fielder 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 3B
Ramon Santiago 2B
RHP Doug Fister (6-7, 3.52)
Fister vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Todd Tichenor, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Bob Davidson, 3B Tim Welke
TWELVE WITH ONE: The Yankees hit just one home run last night (Granderson), marking the first time the club scored at least 12 runs with one or zero home runs since a 13-3 win on September 13, 2009 vs. Baltimore when Hideki Matsui hit the only Yankees homer. Last night was the Yankees the first such game on the road since a 13-9 win on September 1, 2008 at Comerica Park (Johnny Damon homered).
KEEP HIM IN THE LINEUP: Eric Chavez is batting .462 (12-for-26) with seven runs, two doubles, three homers and eight RBI over his last eight games. That includes three straight multi-hit games. Chavez?has hit eight homers over his last 34 games after hitting just three over his first 42 games of the season.
GOOD IN THE END: The Yankees are 23-12 in series finales this season,?winning nine of the last 12. They?have won nine of their last 10 finales on the road.
UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: The Tigers now say first pitch should happen at 1:35 p.m.
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Jeter steps to the plate and we’re underway.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Yankees catch a break on Cabrera’s bad baserunning, and they’re through one inning scoreless.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Raul Ibanez just tripled to score Eric Chavez from first base. Read that sentence again.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Ichiro follows with an RBI single and it’s now 2-0 Yankees in the second.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Yankees get a couple of two-out baserunners in the fourth, but both are left stranded and it’s still 2-0. Kuroda is pitching well, as usual.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Jeter’s leadoff single is wiped out on a blown hit-and-run, and Cano’s two-out double is left stranded one a grounder to second. It’s a scoreless top of the fifth for the Yankees. Still up 2-0.
UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: And we’re tied. Avila goes deep, a two-run home to knot the game at 2.
UPDATE, 3:12 pm.: I have no idea whether it affected the way Ibanez went after that ball, but third-base umpire Tim Welke seemed to indicate foul, then call the ball fair. It’s ruled and RBI double and Girardi gave one of the most over-the-top arguments I’ve ever seen from him. He was tossed from the game, flung his hat across the infield and kept gesturing — fair! foul! — was he marched off the field.
UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: Back-to-back pitches have put the Yankees in the lead. First Mark Teixeira homered to tie it, then Eric Chavez took a first pitch to the opposite field for a go-ahead homer. It’s now 4-3 Yankees in the top of the eighth.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: The wet mound did Phelps no favors, but he did get two outs in the eighth. Now Soriano is in for a four-out save. Fielder is at second after a single and a balk.