Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 13.50)
Kuroda vs. Indians
Michael Bourn CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Nick Swisher 1B
Michael Brantley LF
Carlos Santana C
Mark Reynolds DH
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Drew Stubbs RF
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0, 1.50)
Jimenez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Hard to say. Feels nice out, but it could rain basically any moment.
UMPIRES: HP Marvin Hudson, 1B Jordan Baker, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Jerry Meals
JUST FOR KICKS: Yankee Stadium will host two soccer matches this summer. Chelsea FC will face Manchester City FC on May 25, and Spain will play Ireland on June 11. Tickets for both exhibition games will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at www.yankees.com/soccer.
IN THE PARK: The Yankees have held opponents homerless in five of six games this season.
SCORELESS CC: Ace CC Sabathia pitched seven scoreless innings on Sunday. It was the 18th time since he joined the Yankees that Sabathia made a scoreless start. He’s one of six AL pitches with as many or more scoreless starts over that stretch: Jered Weaver (26), Jon Lester (22), Felix Hernandez (22), Justin Verlander (19) and Gio Gonzalez (18).
ON THIS DATE: It’s the home opener here in Cleveland. On April 8, 2003, Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam in his first game at Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Standing ovation for Hafner pregame. Booing him quite a bit now. He just hit his 100th home run at Progressive Field, a three-run shot for a 3-0 Yankees lead in the first. By the way, remember when some folks badly wanted the Yankees to trade for Ubaldo…
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: So Kuroda just tried to stop another comebacker with his hand. This one missed him, but hit the second base bag, and now the Indians have runners at the corners with no outs.
UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: That’s a nice job by Swisher to block the ball from Overbay’s view as long as he did. Can’t say for certain, but Overbay’s a pretty good glove, and I have to think Swisher caused some disruption there. Either way, it’s a 3-2 Yankees lead now, with the tying run at third and only one out.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Shawn Kelley getting loose for the Yankees. Have to assume they want to give Warren a clean inning when he finally comes in, and at this point, he’s surely coming in. Kuroda’s either still hurt or just doesn’t have it today.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Sac fly by Reynolds and it’s a tied game with Kuroda finally one out away from getting out of the first. Ugly inning.
UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: Well, maybe Kuroda has something after all. Just pitched a scoreless second with two strikeouts.
UPDATE, 5:53 p.m.: The Yankees must have enjoyed scoring runs yesterday. They’re now up 6-3 after Robinson Cano’s solo homer. Cano is 2-for-2 with a walk, double and homer.
UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: Been battling the internet here in Cleveland. No such struggle for the Yankees so far. An error and wild pitch have given them two more runs this inning and it’s now a 10-3 Yankees lead. Robinson Cano is 3-for-3 with a pair of homers. Kuroda got past those early struggles to give 5.1 innings and he’s in line for a win.