Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.35)
Sabathia vs. A’s
Adam Rosales SS
Seth Smith LF
Jed Lowrie 2B
Yoenis Cespedes CF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Derek Norris C
Josh Reddick RF
Nate Freiman 1B
Luke Montz DH
RHP A.J. Griffin (2-2, 4.65)
Griffin vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Little bit chilly. Wind blowing out to left.
UMPIRES: HP Jordan Baker, 1B Tim McClelland, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B Marvin Hudson
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Amazing note from the Yankees today… Robinson Cano has played more games as a Yankee (1,241) than the other 12 position players on the Yankees active roster combined (1,074). Only four Yankees position players on the active roster were with the team on Opening Day 2012 (Cano, Gardner, Nunez and Stewart) and only Cano and Gardner started on Opening Day 2012.
MORE CANO: Cano made his debut on this day in 2005 at Tampa Bay, going 0-for-3. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cano has more career hits for the Yankees (1,495) than any other player in franchise history through his first eight calendar years in the Majors. He is second in the A.L. and third in the Majors with 68 total bases and has a Major League-high .387 batting average vs. right-handers in 2013.
WIN, WIN, WIN: Tonight Yankees manager Joe Girardi will manage his 1,000th Major League game. He is 574-425 (.575) in seven career managerial seasons, including 496-341 (.593) in 837 games over six seasons with the Yankees. Regardless of what happens tonight, Girardi will have the best winning percentage among all managers with at least 1,000 games managed since Hall of Famer Earl Weaver tallied a 1,480-1,060 (.583) mark over a 17-year managerial career (1968-82 and ‘85-86).
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: I have no idea why we’ve had such problems with these game posts going live, but I’m sorry for the late post again today. It somehow missed the scheduled posting time. Anyway, I was away from my seat for one pitch, which happened to be a leadoff home run by Rosales. It’s now 1-0 A’s.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Since that leadoff homer, Sabathia has retired six of eight, with the exceptions being a walk and an infield single. He’s struck out three.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Walk by Stewart and two-out double by Cano have runners at second and third for Vernon Wells.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Through four innings, Sabathia has six strikeouts. He hasn’t allowed a runner past first base since that leadoff homer in the first.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Couple of hits in the fifth, but Sabathia keeps the A’s from scoring again and it’s still a 1-0 game heading into the bottom of the fifth with Nix leading off.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Three straight base runners — one of them thrown out stretching — have given the A’s another run and a 2-0 lead here in the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: It’s a 2-0 game, but Sabathia has thrown 118 pitches and the bullpen is thin, so here’s Adam Warren to pitch the seventh. The short-handed pen could give Warren a chance to truly follow in David Phelps’ footprints. Phelps opened last season as a mop-up/long man but eventually pitched his way into more vital innings. Warren could get a chance to do that while Chamberlain is on the DL.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: That’s a two-strike bunt single by Gardner. Gutsy. His second hit of the game.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Cano flies out, Wells hits into a double play and Gardner’s bunt single is wasted.