Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
RHP David Phelps (3-4, 2.69)
Phelps has never faced the Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (56-70)
Rajai Davis LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Yorvit Torrealba C
Moises Sierra RF
Adeiny Hechavarria 3B
RHP Henderson Alvarez (7-11, 4.84)
Alvarez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Still a little cloudy, the this afternoon’s rain seems to have gone away. Wind blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Angel Hernandez, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Chris Conroy, 3B Mark Carlson
FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 28-13 in series openers in 2012. That’s the best winning percentage in series openers in the Majors. They have won 10 of their last 14.
HOMEBOYS: The Yankees are 27-13 at Yankee Stadium since May 22, winning six of their last eight. Their overall .619 home winning percentage is second-best in the American League and third in the Majors, trailing Cincinnati (42-24, .636) and Texas (41-24, .631).
LADIES NIGHT: Tonight, 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, 7:22 p.m.: Cano goes deep and it’s a quick 1-0 Yankees lead after one inning. He’s been really hitting the ball these past few days.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: He’s not nearly the hitter the Blue Jays hoped he would be, but Lind still has a lot of pop in that bat. His homer has tied the game at 1.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Phelps is through four innings with that Lind homer as his only blemish. The kid looks good.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Cano goes deep again. Now Teixeira and Chavez have reached base. The Yankees are up 2-1 now, with a chance to increase the lead even more.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Well, the Yankees got three runs in the fourth, but it seems to have cost them their first baseman. Mark Teixeira is now out of the game, replaced by Jayson Nix. Eric Chavez has moved to first and Nix is playing third.
UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Left calf strain for Teixeira. He’s going for an MRI tonight.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Phelps is through six innings. The two homers have done all the damage, otherwise he’s looked pretty sharp with a 6-3 lead.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Nice ovation for Phelps, who leaves after a one-out single in the seventh. The Yankees are up 6-3 and he’s put them in a position to win.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Here’s brand new father Dave Robertson to pitch the eighth inning.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Well, that was an eventful ninth. Two outs and a two-run lead, Soriano gave up the go-ahead three-run homer. Then Jeter responded with a game-tying solo shot to open the bottom half. It’s now 6-6 in the 10th. Rapada has gotten the first out, and it looks like we’re going to see a whole lot of Derek Lowe from here on out.