1. Derek Jeter DH
2. Ichiro Suzuki LF
3. Alex Rodriguez 3B
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Nick Swisher 1B
6. Curtis Granderson CF
7. Russell Martin C
8. Raul Ibanez RF
9. Eduardo Nunez SS
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
1. Stephen Drew SS
2. Seth Smith LF
3. Yeonis Cespedes CF
4. Brandon Moss 1B
5. Jonny Gomes DH
6. Josh Reddick RF
7. Josh Donaldson 3B
8. George Kottaras C
9. Cliff Pennington 2B
A.J. Griffin RHP
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Umpires: Mike Estabrook HP, Larry Vanover 1B, Dan Bellino 2B, Fieldin Culbreth 3B
Have a … : Happy Birthday, Joba Chamberlain. You’re 27 today.
Broom time? The Yankees have nine series sweeps and will go for No. 10 today, which would give them one more than they had last season. They’re also in search of back-to-back sweeps, which has happened for them just one time this season.
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Update, 1:19: Shaky first so far for Kuroda, bases loaded, two outs.
Update, 1:21: Kuroda throws a wild pitch, run scores, looked like a hard splitter in the dirt that got away from Martin.
Update, 1:25: Kuroda gets a fly ball to leave two in scoring position. He came in with a 1.48 daytime ERA this season. This is his eighth day start. He’s won five.
Update, 1:35: Leadoff walk to Jeter goes nowhere. Griffin gets three straight. Griffin is one of four rookies in the A’s rotation. He started the season in Double-A, came in at 6-1, 2.45. Amazing, the A’s have 14 rookies currently on the roster and nearly have the same record as the Yankees.
Update, 1:39: First base ump Larry Vanover wasn’t close to getting that call right. Nunez throws out Donaldson at first, but it goes as an infield hit to start the second.
Update, 1:43: Blown call costs Yankees a run. Pennington drills an offspeed pitch into the right-field seats, 3-0.
Update, 1:56: Leadoff walk goes nowhere again for the Yankees. Martin raps into a double play to end the second.
Update, 2:02: Kuroda gets a double-play ball out of Gomes after a one-out walk. Yankees will look for their first hit now.
Update, 2:09: First hit, single to right-center for Jeter, extends his season-high hitting streak to 17 games.
Update, 2:12: We just received the promotional item of the day, No. 42 ring in honor of Mariano, with his 602 also on it for breaking the saves record. Kuroda just had a 1-2-3 fourth.
Update, 2:24: Swisher sends a souvenir to the second deck in right, two-run homer, No. 22. It’s 3-2 in the fourth.
Update, 2:32: Ibanez is contributing again, second straight day, this time RBI double to tie it, and then Nunez groundout gives the Yankees the 4-3 lead. Ibanez was 2 for 45 coming into yesterday’s three-hit game.
Update, 2:47: Kuroda obviously isn’t sharp today, now 4-4 on Cespedes RBI single, first and third, one out in the fifth.
Update, 2:54: Kuroda does do a good job to strand the runners, gets Moss looking at a 93 mph fastball and Gomes to bounce to third.
Update, 2:58: Ichiro seven-game hitting streak, line single to right to open the fifth, now 15 for his last 23. But A-Rod strikes out for the third straight time, gets booed.
Update, 3:02: Ichiro steals second. Cano walks, first and second. Griffin was at 103 pitches, he’s coming out. Lefty Jerry Blevins coming in.
Update, 3:10: Swisher called out looking — on a ball outside.
Update, 3:14: Granderson strikes out — for the 184th time. Inning over.
Update, 3:20: Nunez spins and throws wild to first — E-6. Such a pleasant guy, wish he could field.
Update, 3:28: Nunez error costly. RBI single for Pennington. Kuroda out, Rapada in, two outs in the sixth, 5-4 A’s.
Update, 3:30: Throwing error on Rapada on pickoff try, Pennington to third.
Update, 3:31: Drew fouls out to end the inning. Bottom six at Fenway, Orioles 1, Red Sox 1.
Update, 3:38: Ibanez at first thanks to a single, two outs, Ryan Cook coming on.
Update, 3:43: Jeter reaches on a throwing error (should’ve been on the first baseman Moss, I thought, not exactly Teixeira over there). But Ichiro grounds to short. David Phelps is warming, but Rapada is out to start the seventh.
Update, 3:46: Scoring change. Jeter gets another hit on the march to 4,000.
Update, 3:47: Rapada opens with a strikeout. Phelps coming in.
Update, 3:53: Would you believe another error by Nunez at short? Yes you would. Easy bouncer, ball pops out of his hand, throw is late. Jeter needs to play short regularly again if at all possible.
Update, 3:59: Orioles-Red Sox 1-1, top eight at Fenway.
Update, 4:01: Phelps leaves two on base.
Update, 4:09: For all those holding their nose and rooting for the Red Sox today against the Orioles, Cody Ross just hit an RBI double to drive in Pedroia, 2-1 Boston in the bottom of the eighth.
Update, 4:11: Swisher singles with two outs in the seventh. Robertson, by the way, is warming after his day off.
Update, 4:12: Granderson flies out to end the inning. Phelps back out for the eighth. Logan now warming.
Update, 4:19: Phelps leaves, one out, man on first. Logan comes in.
Update, 4:23: Logan gets a double play. Doolittle coming on for the A’s.
Update, 4:25: Top 9 at Fenway, Orioles have second and third with one out. Make that bases loaded after intentional walk.
Update, 4:30: Red Sox win 2-1. Yankees have potential tying run at first with one out in the eighth. Make that at second after bad pickoff throw by Doolittle. Soriano warming.
Update, 4:35: Nunez goes down swinging on 96 mph fastball. Up to Jeter.
Update, 4:36: Captain bounces to short to end inning. Chris Stewart now catching. Logan is out for the ninth.
Update, 4:42: Logan opens with two Ks, Eppley coming on.
Update, 4:45: Eppley gets third out. Can the Yankees force extra innings in all three games of the series?
Update, 4:47: Grant Balfour will try to close it out.
Update, 4:53: A-Rod flies to the wall in right, two outs.
Update, 4:54: Yankees lose 5-4, still up by a game on the Orioles.