Ichiro Suzuki RF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez DH
Chris Stewart C
Chris Dickerson LF
LHP CC Sabathia (13-6, 3.47)
Sabathia vs. Twins
Denard Span CF
Ben Revere RF
Joe Mauer DH
Ryan Doumit C
Chris Parmelee 1B
Matt Carson LF
Jamey Carroll 3B
Alexi Casilla 2B
Pedro Florimon SS
RHP Samuel Deduno (6-5, 4.54)
Deduno has never faced any of the Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Chilly day in Minneapolis, but seems to be warming up a little bit. When the breeze picks up it’s pretty cold.
UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Kerwin Danley, 2B Paul Nauert, 3B Dana DeMuth
OPEN AT THE CLOSE: The Yankees are 31-18 in series finales. They have won their last four on the road and are 12-7 in the rubber game of a three-game series.
SWISHALICIOUS: Nick Swisher has homered in four of his last six games, including each of his last three. That marks the fifth time he’s homered in three straight games, and his first time doing so since 2008 with the White Sox when he homered in four straight. He has hit safely in each of his last eight games (.367, 11-for-30) with 11 RBI, going 4-for-9 with RISP. Six of his last 12 homers — and seven of his last 15 — have given the Yankees the lead.
FAMILIAR FACE: Twins left fielder Matt Carson never really gained traction as a minor leaguer in the Yankees organization, but he’s since gotten some big league time with Oakland and Minnesota. In Triple-A, he was once ejected from a game, and the umpire claimed it was because Carson dropped an F-bomb while arguing a called strike. Carson’s postgame response: “I’ve never used that word in my life.” I believed him. He’s that kind of guy.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: If that play happens 10 more times this season, it will never end like that. Thought for sure Swisher would let it roll foul, but diving, spinning throw to first and the tumbling, shoestring catch by Cano worked perfectly. Replay shows it was the right call.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: That’s it for Deduno who leaves after 30 pitches with some sort of injury. Now he’s the lefty Duensing to face the Yankees vRHP lineup.
UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: The Twins say it’s an eye issue for Deduno. Weird.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Bases loaded for Cano. Should be an ideal situation, but he’s really struggled against lefties this season.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Hard-hit ball by Cano, bad play by Revere, and two runs for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Cano’s double, Swisher’s single, Granderson’s triple and Duensing’s wild pitch have made it 6-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: For whatever reason, Casilla owns Sabathia and has another hit of him here in the fifth. In his career, Casilla is a 11-for-20 off the Yankees ace.
UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: I honestly feel like there are few players more on top of the game than Eric Chavez, but he definitely had a mental moment there. Thought there were two outs and turned a possible double play into a single out at third base. The look on his face, however, was priceless (though I suppose that depends on how this inning works out).
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Sabathia gets out of it and everyone in the Yankees dugout comes over to give Chavez a hard time.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: Wow. Dickerson continues his audition for a roster spot next season, showing some of that grown-man power that Swisher has talked about in this park. His long home run to right-center has pushed the Yankees lead to 8-1.