Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.96)
Garcia vs. Indians
Jason Kipnis 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Carlos Santana C
Michael Brantley CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Matt LaPorta DH
Jack Hannahan 3B
Exequiel Carrera LF
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.59)
Jimenez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Hard to imagine a more perfect day. Clear blue sky with basically no wind whatsoever.
UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B D.J. Reyburn, 2B Fieldin Culbreth, 3B Adrian Johnson
IN THE END: The Yankees are 25-15 in series finales. They have won 10 of their last 13 finales on the road. They are 9-5 in the rubber game of a three-game series this season.
AT THE TOP: Today is the 75th consecutive day that the Yankees have been sole possession of first place in the American League East.
LADIES NIGHT: On Monday, the Yankees will welcome the Women’s Sports Foundation and Olympic Gold Medalists Christie Rampone (Captain of the 2012 U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team) and Sarah Hughes (2002 Figure Skating), as well as former WNBA New York Liberty star Kym Hampton. Rampone and Hughes will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, while Hampton will sing the national anthem.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: There’s an RBI single by Ichiro, a sac bunt by Stewart and an RBI groundout by Jeter. It’s now 2-0 Yankees with two outs and a runner at third in the top of the second.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Swisher’s second hit of the day pushes the Yankees lead to 3-0.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Working through another typical Freddy Garcia start, Garcia was one out away from getting through five scoreless innings when the Indians loaded the bases with two outs and got a two-run single from Carlos Santana. Now Boone Logan is in to face Brantley with the tying run at third.
UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Home run No. 33 for Granderson pushes the Yankees lead to 4-2. Obviously, the run would count more if it were manufactured, but the Yankees will take what they can get