Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (12-8, 5.02 in 2012)
Nova vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Andy Dirks LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B
Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45 in 2012)
Fister vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: April 5 in Detroit, and it’s sunny with temperatures in the high 40s. It’s actually much, much nicer than I expected.
UMPIRES: HP Alan Porter, 1B Jerry Layne, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Hunter Wendelstedt
OPENING DAY (AGAIN): This is the Tigers’ home opener, the second of three home openers the Yankees will play in this season. They already opened at home, today they’re opening Comerica Park and on Monday they’ll play the Indians home opener. Lots of baseline introductions. Hooray!
MOST ALL TIME: With last night’s appearance, Mariano Rivera has officially appeared in 19 seasons with the Yankees. That’s the most in franchise history, passing Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter, all of whom played in 18 seasons. Obviously it’s expected that Jeter will match Rivera at some point this season.
GARDY GOES YARDY: Brett Gardner snapped a 99 at-bat homerless streak with yesterday’s solo shot.
WANG ON THE MOUND: Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game at the Yankees minor league complex today.
UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Two-out single by Kevin Youkilis. What do you think, he’ll be the Yankees all-star rep?
UPDATE, 1:26 p.m.: Couple of hits. An RBI fielder’s choice. It’s 1-0 Tigers with one out and one on in the first. Wonder if we’ll see a lot of Shawn Kelley today.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: I wasn’t giving Nova much chance, but he struck out Fielder and got Martinez to line out to third to end the first with only the one run scoring. We’ll see whether Nova can settle in.
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: Really nice play by Boesch in right. Looked like he was glued to the wall for a moment.
UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: Eduardo Nunez in extreme pain and pulled from the game after being hit by a pitch in what looks like the chest. Could have gotten the upper-arm/shoulder region as well. Kind of a strange spot to be hit, but Nunez was clearly not able to play.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Two-run shot by Youkilis has the Yankees in front 3-2 in the fifth. Still no word on Nunez.
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Logan leaves a pitch up to Fielder, and Fielder smacks it for a three-run homer and a 5-3 Tigers lead. Four of these runs are credited to Nova, who finished after 4.2 innings.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Fielder’s second home run of the game gives the Tigers an 8-3 lead. Could have used Clay Rapada in that spot.