Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brennan Boesch RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (3-1, 2.57)
Sabathia vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Ryan Roberts 2B
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Shelley Duncan DH
Jose Lobaton C
Sam Fuld LF
LHP Matt Moore (3-0, 1.00)
Moore vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Dome sweet dome (but seriously, it’s gorgeous outside).
UMPIRES: HP Andy Fletcher, 1B Rob Drake, 2B Same Holbrook, 3B Paul Nauert
OFF AND RUNNING: Brett Gardner has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. In his past 10 games he is hitting .341 with seven runs, four doubles, one triple, one home run, eight RBI and four walks. Gardner also has an eight-game hitting streak, and a hit tonight would tie Kevin Youkilis for the longest hitting streak by a Yankee this season.
NIGHT GAMES: Yankees pitchers are 7-2 with a 2.68 ERA in nine night games this season. They are 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA in eight day games.
ON THIS DATE: On April 22, 1903 the Highlanders played their first ever game, a 3-1 loss to Washington. That Highlanders team finished with a 72-62 record, fourth-best in the eight-team American League.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: Yankees leave a leadoff walk stranded in the top of the inning. Now Ryan Roberts has homered on an 0-2 pitch. It’s a 1-0 Rays lead.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Wow. That escalated quickly. RBI triple. Two-run homer. It’s already 4-0 Rays.
UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Second homer of the night for Ryan Roberts. It’s now 5-0. Yankees don’t have a hit.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Yankees first hit of the night is a solo homer by Cano. It’s 5-1.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: The popup hit the catwalk in foul territory, which makes it a dead ball. That’s why Cervelli’s catch didn’t count. This place is goofy sometimes.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: In his last 18 batters, Sabathia has let exactly one get past first base. He’s through seven innings, but that four-run first is still the difference.