Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Nix 3B
RHP Ivan Nova (12-7, 4.94)
Nova vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (68-87)
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
J.P. Arencibia C
Kelly Johnson 2B
Moises Sierra RF
Anthony Gose LF
RHP Brandon Morrow (8-7, 3.28)
Morrow vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Cold outside, but cozy under the roof.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Laz Diaz
MAGIC NUMBERS: To make the playoffs: 4. To win the American League East: 6.
GETTING STARTED: The Yankees are 31-19 in series openers in 2012. They have won their last three after a six-game losing streak in openers.
NEXT ON THE LIST: Alex Rodriguez has 1,949 career RBI. His next will tie him with Stan Musial for the fifth-most all-time.
Ks FOR CC: After last night’s 10-strikeout game, CC Sabathia has struck out 21 combined batters over his past two starts. It’s the fourth time he has fanned at least 10 batters in back-to-back starts (third time as a Yankee). He has recorded 15 games of 10-or-more strikeouts as a Yankee, the fourth-most in the Live Ball Era.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: So far, so good for Nova. First inning single is left stranded and it’s a scoreless game heading into the second.
UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: A walk and a home run. That’s a good way to spoil what had been a good outing so far. The Yankees are now losing 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Their offense hasn’t done much at all against Morrow.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Granted, this place is empty, but Gose hitting the wall was really loud. He slammed into the fence to take away extra bases from Swisher and double off Cano at first.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Encarnacion has three hits already and it’s now a 4-0 Blue Jays lead after his two-run double in the fifth. Nova is still in, but there are two pitchers getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Here’s Rapada with two outs and a runner at second base in the fifth. Another letdown from Nova.