Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
LHP CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.56)
Sabathia vs. Indians
Jason Kipnis 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Carlos Santana C
Michael Brantley CF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Brett Lillibridge 3B
Shelley Duncan DH
Jason Donald LF
RHP Corey Kluber (0-2, 6.27)
Kluber has never faced the Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Sunny, warm, perfectly clear night in Cleveland.
UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Adrian Johnson, 2B Gary Cederstrom, 3B D.J. Reyburn
FIRST TIME (AGAIN): The Yankees face Corey Kluber for the first time. According to Elias, the Yankees are 27-14 over the past two seasons in games in which they were opposed by a starting pitcher who they were facing for the first time. That includes a 10-9 mark this season. The Yankees?have lost five of their last six such games.
WHAT’S LEFT: The combined winning percentage of the Yankees remaining opponents is .491. According to Elias, only Detroit (.478) and the White Sox (.487) have a weaker remaining schedule among A.L. teams. The combined winning percentage of Tampa Bay’s remaining opponents is .528, the second-highest behind Toronto (.529).
GOING EAST: Of the Yankees remaining 35 games after this series, 29 will come against the American League East. Only Toronto (32) will play more against the AL East division down the stretch. The Yankees’ 24-19 (.558) record vs. the AL East is the third-best interdivision winning percentage in the league behind Tampa Bay (.574, 27-20) and Detroit (.605, 26-17).
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Considering how hard the Yankees hit him that inning, Kluber is awfully lucky to get out of the first with just a 1-0 deficit.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Wow. Jeter legitimately hit in the head and not at all pleased about it. And of course he’s staying in the game.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Sabathia tried to get his revenge, but he went a little too far inside, threw behind Cabrera, and Cabrera responded with a solo homer that broke up the perfect game and tied it at 1.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Good job by the home plate ump to recognize Sabathia was clearly not trying to hit Donald. No ejection despite the HBP after warnings had been issued.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Swisher’s 19th homer of the year is a two-run shot for a 3-1 lead in the seventh. Huge hand clap for Swisher rounding first and Sabathia’s in line for a win.