Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 1B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
LHP CC Sabathia (13-6, 3.63)
Sabathia vs. A’s
Collin Cowgill CF
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yeonis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Derek Norris C
Stephen Drew SS
Adam Rosales 2B
RHP Jarrod Parker (11-8, 3.51)
Parker vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Beautiful fall night here at The Stadium. It’s cooling down a bit, but I’m still comfortable in short sleeves. Not a cloud in the sky.
UMPIRES: HP Dan Bellino, 1B Fieldin Culbreth, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Larry Vanover
GRANDSTANDING: The Yankees recorded their 10th grand slam of the year last night, tying their single-season franchise record (also 1987, 2010 and 2011). The Yankees’ 30 grand slams since the start of the 2010 season are more than double the next closest teams (five tied with 13).
COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees have recorded 40 come-from-behind wins this season, three more than last year. They’re tied with Baltimore and Chicago for the most in the AL.
FIVE STRAIGHT: The Yankees have won a season-high five straight home games, their longest home winning streak since six straight victories last season from 08/25-09/06.
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UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: We’ve got a pitcher’s duel going so through three innings. CC has been sharp, striking out four with no hits and a walk. Parker has been just as good, with his one blemish a third inning single to Ichiro in which the ball got caught in his uniform. We’re still scoreless.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: The Yanks get a run in the fourth on a sac fly from Granderson to go up 1-0. Meanwhile, CC has yet to surrender a hit.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Drew just broke up CC’s no-no with a single to lead off the top of the sixth, but CC retired the next three batters consecutively. He’s got nine strikeouts and just one walk on 76 pitches. A stellar effort thus far. Yanks still clinging to a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: CC just escaped trouble in the eighth to protect the Yankees’ 1-0 lead. After hitting Gomes with a pitch to load the bases with two outs, CC got Reddick to fly out to left. He came off to a standing ovation, as he’s probably done at 113 pitches. Final line should be: 8 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 0 R, 11 K. HUGE performance from the Yankee ace.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Rafael Soriano just blew his fourth save in 46 tries to spoil CC’s night. Brandon Moss blasted a pinch-hit homer into the right field seats with one out in the ninth. We’re tied at 1-1. Here it goes…