Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco RF
Chris Nelson 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
CC Sabathia P
LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.31)
Sabathia vs. Rockies
Eric Young RF
Dexter Fowler CF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Wilin Rosario C
Nolan Arenado 3B
Jordan Pacheco 1B
Josh Ruteledge 2B
Jeff Francis P
LHP Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.27)
Francis vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Once again, the Yankees will try to dodge a potential rain out. All I’ve heard this week is that “it never rains here,” yet it’s rained every day of this series.
UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Tom Hallion, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Chris Guccione
IN A PINCH: Brennan Boesch drove in the game-winning run last night with a ninth-inning infield single. It was the first go-ahead pinch-hit RBI by a Yankee with two outs in the ninth inning or later since Marcus Thames on July 4, 2010 against Toronto (a walk-off RBI single in the 10th). Boesch was the first Yankee to accomplish the feat on the road since Matt Nokes in 1993.
THAT’S A WRAP: The Yankees are 6-4 in series finales this season. They are 2-2 in finales on the road and 2-2 in the third game of a three-game series when the two teams split the first two games.
THE GREATEST: Mariano Rivera has converted 12 consecutive save opportunities. That matches his second-longest streak to open a season (he converted his first 28 save opportunities in 2008 and his first 12 in 2004).
RAIN GO AWAY: The tarp came on the field about 15 minutes ago, and almost immediately came off when a very quick — but significant — shower went away quickly. Looks like the game will start at least fairly close to on time.
UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: RBI single by Vernon Wells and it’s 1-0 Yankees in the first.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: I thought Fowler was out when I saw it live. I think he was safe now that I’ve seen a few replays. But that was an awfully close play at the plate. It’s now 1-1.
UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Chris Nelson’s double and Chris Stewart’s sac fly have the Yankees in the lead, 2-1. Meahwhile, CC Sabathia struggles with curveballs. If you’re ever pitching to him, all breaking balls all the time.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Sabathia works a 1-2-3 fourth inning, but now the tarp is coming onto the field.
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Tarp is off the field. Still waiting for a start time. Have to assume Sabathia is finished. Wonder if there’s any chance he could come back on short rest to start in the doubleheader on Monday.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: Curtis Granderson is in right field for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight. Zoilo Almonte is in center.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: We’ve entered one of those weird worlds where the tarp is coming on the field despite the fact it’s not raining. Apparently they’re expecting rain soon. I’m expecting to catch a flight in six hours.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Scheduled to resume at 6:25 p.m. ET. Looks like that’s Adam Warren heading to the bullpen to warm up. The Rockies have a right-hander getting loose.
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Play resumes with two quick outs, then solo homer by Cano, his ninth of the season.
UPDATE, 6:58 p.m.: Warren walks two in a row, so the Yankees are going to Boone Logan to face the lefty Carlos Gonzalez. It’s a double switch, with Ichiro Suzuki replacing Ben Francisco in right field.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Claiborne working for a second consecutive day. He allowed his first big league hit, then started his first big league double play. The kid’s looked awfully good so far.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: I actually really like this move by Girardi, going with Robertson to face pinch hitter Todd Helton with two on and two outs in the seventh. It’s another double switch with Brennan Boesch replacing Ichiro in right. Girardi always talks about how guys like Robertson and Joba Chamberlain can get lefties, and now he’s actually acting on that.