Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Casey McGehee 3B
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.24)
Kuroda vs. Rangers
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Josh Hamilton CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
Michael Young 1B
David Murphy LF
Luis Martinez C
Mitch Moreland DH
LHP Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.31)
Harrison vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: It hasn’t rained for a few hours now, but it’s still pretty gloomy. The forecast says there’s a 30 percent chance of showers, so hopefully this just turns out to be a mildly cool night for baseball.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Vic Carapazza, 2B Marty Foster, 3B Jeff Kellogg
BEST IN THE LEAGUE: Last night, Chad wrote in this spot about how the Yankees trailed the Rangers by a half-game for the best record in the AL. Well, after last night’s win, the Yankees now own the best record in the league by a half-game. It’ll be fun to see which team gets out of this series with the edge for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
GRAND SALAMI: With Nick Swisher’s third inning grand slam yesterday, the Yankees have hit a major-league leading nine grand slams this season, which is one shy of their franchise record set in 1987. They also hit 10 for the season in 2010 and 2011. Will this be the year they get to 11?
HOLDING YOUR PLACE: Since A-Rod was placed on the 15-day DL, Yankees third baseman starting in his place (McGehee, Nix and Eric Chavez) have combined to hit .375 (24-for-64) with seven homers. Chavez in particular is all over everything, and looks completely rejuvenated.
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UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Kuroda has been very sharp through three innings. Other than a two-out walk to Moreland, he has not allowed a baserunner. The Yankees have had three runners reach safely, but have nothing to show for it so far. Jeter improved his AL-leading hits total to 155 with a leadoff single in the first.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: A double from Tex and back-to-back walks to Cano and Jones loaded the bases for Granderson with two outs in the third, but he flew out to center on the first pitch. No franchise record-tying grand slam yet. We’re still tied at 0-0.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Kuroda is still yet to surrender a hit through five innings. I usually don’t like to mention no-no’s too early, but he’s more than halfway there. Apologies ahead of time for the jinx.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Andrus just broke up Kuroda’s no-hitter to leadoff the seventh. He hit a relatively soft grounder up the middle (just to the left of the second base bag), which was stabbed by Nix, but he had no shot of throwing out the speedy Andrus. Any other player on the Rangers would have probably been out, but that had to be ruled a hit. The crowd gave Kuroda a standing ovation. Meanwhile, the game is still tied at 0-0.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: The Yankees have a 3-0 lead after back-to-back homers from Swish and Tex in the bottom of the seventh. Alexi Ogando was brought in to face Swish after a Jeter single, and Swish deposited one in the Yankees bullpen. That’s two consecutive nights in which he’s had a clutch homer.