1. Derek Jeter DH
2. Nick Swisher RF
3. Alex Rodriguez 3B
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Russell Martin C
6. Andruw Jones LF
7. Curtis Granderson CF
8. Steve Pearce 1B
9. Eduardo Nunez SS
CC Sabathia P
1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. Ben Zobrist SS
3. Evan Longoria DH
4. B.J. Upton CF
5. Jeff Keppinger 3B
6. Ben Francisco RF
7. Chris Gimenez C
8. Carlos Pena 1B
9. Elliot Johnson 2B
David Price P
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Umpires: Scott Barry HP, Gary Darling 1B, Paul Emmel 2B, Jerry Meals 3B
Weather: Mostly cloudy
Vs. the East: The Yankees are 7-9 so far in this stretch of 22 straight games against the AL East.
Slow starters: The Yankees have dropped five straight series openers and six of the last seven.
Price vs. Sabathia: The Rays have won six of seven games when these two have started against each other. Price is 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in those games. Sabathia has won just three of his 17 starts vs. Tampa Bay since joining the Yankees, going 3-7 with a 3.57 ERA.
Update, 7:22: Sabathia gets out of a first-and-third, two-out jam. It didn’t look like he had his good velocity again.
Update, 7:36: Cano ends a threat with a double-play ball, now 10 for his last 43.
Update, 7:47: Sabathia 1-2-3 second, and now Martin has the Yankees’ first hit off Price.
Update, 7:54: Yankees up 1-0 on Steve Pearce RBI single with two outs in the second. Yankees had been 2 for their last 35 with runners in scoring position.
Update, 8:00: Another 1-2-3 inning for Sabathia, looks like he has good off-speed stuff tonight.
Update, 8:17: Sabathia hits Longoria in the foot, then retires three straight. So he’s allowed one hit through four.
Update, 8:24: Andruw Jones pops out to end a 1-2-3 fourth. Now 0 for 2 tonight and 4 for his last 25. Price has allowed just two hits through four, both in the second.
Update, 8:34: Velocity can be negated by bad location: leadoff double by Gimenez on a 94 mph Sabathia fastball up over the plate, wild pitch, walk, RBI single by Johnson on a 93 mph fastball, RBI single by Jennings on a 93 mph fastball, 2-1 Rays in the fifth. Eppley warming.
Update, 8:43: Sabathia gets a big bases-loaded, no-out double-play ball out of Longoria, but it’s 3-1, heading for the last of the fifth. Could’ve been much worse.
Update, 8:48: Granderson hits one off the top of the fence and out into the Yankees’ pen, HR No. 38, 3-2.
Update, 8:59: Jeter passes Willie Mays, now sole possession of 10th on the all-time hits list with 3,284. First and second, two outs.
Update, 9:01: Johnson robs A-Rod of an RBI single with a diving stop, side retired.
Update, 9:08: 1-2-3 for Sabathia in the sixth.
Update, 9:15: Price was looking tough again in the sixth, 1-2-3 inning. If he holds on, he will be 18-5 in his Cy Young bid. He missed his previous start with a shoulder issue.
Update, 9:22: Sabathia is done after an RBI single by Zobrist, four runs, six hits so far, two outs in the seventh, Eppley gets the ball. It’s 4-2.
Update, 9:33: Price 1-2-3 seventh, but I believe he’s at 105 pitches.
Update, 9:37: Homer No. 23 for Upton, 5-2.
Update, 9:48: Price is done. Joel Peralta will come on for the eighth.
Update, 9:57: Long two-run HR to left for A-Rod, 5-4.
Update, 10:10: Granderson strands runners at first and second with two outs against Rodney. Chamberlain on for the ninth.
Update, 10:24: Will Jeter return to short tomorrow? Nunez error on two-out grounder makes it 6-4. Can’t hide his glove anywhere.
Update, 10:33: Yankees lose 6-4.