Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Jayson Nix 2B
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (12-10, 3.04)
Kuroda vs. Rays
Sam Fuld CF
Desmond Jennings LF
Ben Zobrist SS
Evan Longoria DH
Matt Joyce RF
Luke Scott 1B
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson 2B
LHP Matt Moore (10-8, 3.58)
Moore vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Pretty warm down here. Not a bad night to have the roof. And the AC.
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Todd Tichenor, 3B Tony Randazzo
IN CLOSING: The Yankees are 26-17 in series finales and have won 11 of their last 14 finales on the road. They are 3-4 in games when trying to avoid a sweep in 2012.
AVOID THE BROOM: The Yankees are looking to avoid being swept for the fifth time this season, which would surpass their total from last year. All four of their previous sweeps have come on the road. They?are looking to avoid being swept by the Rays for the second time this season and third time in their last four series in St. Petersburg.
UNLUCKY SEVEN: The Yankees have failed to score more than seven runs in any of their past 20 games. Earlier this season — from June 9 through July 4 — they went 24 consecutive games without scoring at least seven runs. Those are two of the franchise’s three longest such stretches since 1997. They also went 26 games without scoring more than seven runs in 2001.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Predictably, the Rays use a sac bunt to manufacture a first-inning run. It’s now 1-0 Rays.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Guess Alex didn’t get any balls in the dirt during his rehab assignment. His knowing-when-to-send-runners instinct is off, but he’s just doubled in a run to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Now Russell Martin with a two-run double.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Jeter’s third hit of the game is a two-out double in the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Two-out rally in the fifth has the game tied at 3 on Zobrist’s two-run triple. Seems fitting that the Yankees offense is going to have to get this thing done. Can’t lean on Kuroda for this one.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Go-ahead homer for Martin who has three RBI tonight and has twice put the Yankees in front.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Terrible throw by Johnson and the Yankees get two runs out of it for a 6-4 lead in the seventh. Jeter wound up at second and stole third, putting the Yankees in position to score another run in this inning.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Huge play by Jeter to end the seventh. Huge.