Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 7.20)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Brayan Pena C
Omar Infante 2B
Ramon Santiago SS
RHP Justin Verlander (1-0, 0.00)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: Nice way to go out, with temperatures in the mid 50s.
UMPIRES: HP Brian O’Nora, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Alan Porter, 3B Jerry Layne
AVOID THE BROOM: The Yankees are looking to avoid a three-game series sweep. They were last swept in a regular-season series by Detroit in 2008 at Yankee Stadium and last swept by the Tigers in a regular-season series at Detroit in 2000 (both were also three-game series).
NOT THE PROBLEM: The six Yankees hitters in their first year with the team (Boesch, Francisco, Hafner, Overbay, Wells, Youkilis) are batting a combined .293 (22-for-75) with 11 runs, four doubles, one triple, four homers and 12 RBI through five games this season.
SINGLE MINDED: In Saturday’s loss, Yankees pitchers allowed a season-high 17 hits, including 14 singles. It was only the second time since the start of the 2010 season that the Yankees had allowed 14-or-more singles in a game (also allowed 15 singles on 7/14/11 at Toronto).
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: RBI double by Francisco Cervelli, which scores Ichiro Suzuki from first base and gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Look at that. Nix takes Verlander deep, a two-out, two-run shot for a 3-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Not a bad play by Nix, but he can’t get the out at second and there’s now two on with two outs for Infante.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: CC is out of the fourth, still has a shutout going. His fastball has generally been 90-92 mph. Haven’t seen any 94 or 95, but also don’t remember any 87 or 88.
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: My goodness. Cano has a hit. Unreal.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Sabathia is at 96 pitches through six scoreless. It’s still 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Gardner is seeing a ton of pitches today, but he’s hitless and batting just .125 for the season.
UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Here’s Sabathia out for the seventh. Looks like the inning is his. Don’t see anyone up in the Yankees bullpen. He’s at 96 pitches.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: There’s Sabathia, capping the 1-2-3 seventh with a strikeout and a scream. The big man is fired up and the Yankees are up 3-0 heading into the eighth. Verlander still in for the Tigers at 108 pitches.