Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Chris Nelson 3B
Corban Joseph 1B
Chris Stewart C
Alberto Gonzalez SS
RHP David Phelps (1-1, 5.02)
Phelps vs. Royals
Michael Bourn CF
Jason Kipnis 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Jason Giambi DH
Carlos Santana C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Michael Brantley LF
Drew Stubbs RF
RHP Justin Masterson (3-3, 2.63)
Masterson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 12:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: It’s cold. Colder than it was in Denver. Actually, I’m not sure whether that’s true, but it certainly feels like it. Wind blowing left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Carlson, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B Brian Knight, 3B Dan Iassogna
PLAY TWO, THE QUICK WAY: This is a traditional, single-admission doubleheader, making up a pair of rainouts from April 10 and 11 at Progressive Field. This concludes the Yankees three-city, eight-game road trip, which started with a series win in Colorado (2-1) and three-game sweep in Kansas City. After today’s games, the Yankees return home for a six-game home stand.
CANO CAN HIT: Robinson Cano has hit safely in each of his last 13 games against the Indians, dating back to June 12, 2011. He’s hit in his past 11 games at Progressive Field.
THREE FOR THE WIN: The Yankees have won each of their last three games in which they’ve scored three runs or less. They have five such wins this season, had a total of 12 last year.
UPDATE, 12:25 p.m.: Yankees got the call on the caught stealing, and it saved them a run when Kipnis went deep. It’s 1-0 Indians after one.
UPDATE, 12:32 p.m.: Doesn’t get the out, but that play by Cabrera just saved a run (at least for the moment). Yankees need a hit from Gonzalez here with two outs and the bases loaded.
UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: Gonzalez fouled off a few, but ultimately went down swinging. What do you expect from a fourth-string shortstop?
UPDATE, 12:53 p.m.: Masterson has been awfully good this year. Looks awfully good today.
UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Six inning, three hits for Phelps. He’s doing his job, but it’s a 1-0 Indians lead because of that first-inning home run, and because the Yankees can’t get anything going against Masterson. He’s at only 77 pitches, too.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Phelps is muttering to himself as he walks off the mound after a two-out walk to Bourn. Awfully good start from him, though. Obviously he wanted to finish off this inning, and the Yankees gave him plenty of rope to do it, but still…