1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Ben Francisco DH
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Vernon Wells LF
5. Francisco Cervelli C
6. Ichiro Suzuki RF
7. Eduardo Nunez SS
8. Lyle Overbay 1B
9. Jayson Nix 3B
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
1. Rajai Davis DH
2. Munenori Kawasaki SS
3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
5. Melky Cabrera LF
6. J.P. Arencibia C
7. Colby Rasmus CF
8. Brett Lawrie 3B
9. Maicer Izturis 2B
Mark Buehrle LHP
Umpires: Paul Schrieber HP, Chad Fairchild 1B, Jeff Kellogg 2B, Chris Conroy 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: clear, comfortable
No night fright: Yankees pitching is 8-4 in night games, and with a 2.89 ERA. The day shift? Try 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA.
Francisco cold: Ben Francisco hasn’t held up his end as a righty DH so far. He’s off to a .080 start. That’s 2 for 25. He’s 2 for 23 vs. lefties. That’s .087.
Update, 7:17: Kuroda not fooling anyone so far. Two-run homer by Edwin Encarnacion, plus two singles and a walk allowed. Make that three singles.
Update, 7:28: Weak first inning for Yankees vs. the lefty, down 1-2-3 with two Ks.
Update, 7:33: Kuroda serves up another homer, No. 1 for Brett Lawrie, fly ball to the right-field seats, 3-0.
Update, 7:42: Wells is doing well against his old team, nice shot over the CF fence, 3-1.
Update, 7:50: Finally, 1-2-3 inning for Kuroda.
Update, 8:04: Cano three-run HR, 4-3 Yankees. No. 184 in his career, tied for 18th in Yankees history. Now 732 RBI, tied for 20th.
Update, 8:17: Overbay makes up for a two-out error with a leaping catch.
Update, 8:23: Cervelli continues decent start, solo shot to left, 5-3. His third HR.
Update, 8:46: 5-3 after five. Kuroda hasn’t given up a hit since the second.
Update, 8:54: Another 1-2-3 inning for Kuroda, wow, did he settle down. I think he’s at 103 pitches.
Update, 9:02: Two on, one out for the Yankees in the sixth. Buehrle leaves. Righty Brad Lincoln comes on.
Update, 9:06: Lincoln gets Nunez on a pop to shallow left and Overbay on a grounder to third. Headed for the seventh. Joba replaces Kuroda.
Update, 9:10: Chamberlain takes a bouncer of his hand, but he’s staying in. Infield hit.
Update, 9:14: Guess he was OK, retires the next three.
Update, 9:24: Umpires meeting after Francisco called out at first. May have been safe. Very close. They reverse the call. Can’t remember that happening. John Gibbons is arguing. He throws his cap down and is ejected. Second straight game he’s been ejected. Brett Cecil will come on to pitch, first and second, one out.
Update, 9:34: Cecil gets out of the jam. David Robertson on to pitch.
Update, 9:43: Good inning for Robertson.
Update, 9:49: 5-3, Rivera on for the ninth. Attendance only 31,445.
Update, 9:57: Yankees win 5-3.