Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
David Adams 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C
LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43)
Sabathia vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Ryan Roberts 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist DH
Sean Rodriguez LF
Yunel Escobar SS
James Loney 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Sam Fuld RF
RHP Alex Cobb (5-2, 2.73)
Cobb vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:40 p.m., YES Network and TBS
WEATHER: One more game under the roof.
UMPIRES: HP Jim Reynolds, 1B James Hoye, 2B John Hirschbeck, 3B John Tumpane
EXTRA, EXTRA: The Yankees have played extra innings in three of the first five games on this road trip. It marks their most extra-inning games on a single trip since September 10-19, 2010 when they played four extra-inning games during a nine-game trip to Texas (one), Tampa Bay (two) and Baltimore (one).
IN A PINCH: Brennan Boesch improved to 3-for-9 as a pinch-hitter this season with last night’s two-out double in the ninth to start the Yankees’ rally. It was his second pinch hit in the ninth inning this season. He also had a go-ahead RBI single in a 3-2 win at Colorado on May 8.
SWEEPING SENSATION: The Yankees will look to complete their fifth series sweep of the season (of any length). It would be their third sweep on the road. They are looking to sweep the Rays in a series of at least three games for the first time since taking all four games from September 7-9, 2009. It would be their first sweep at Tropicana Field — of any length — since a three-game sweep September 13-15, 2005.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Not a bad play to actually field the ball, but Adams’ throw was high, the runner is safe and Cano took the business end of that slide straight to his shin. Looks like he’s alright.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: What a completely weird inning. Hit batter. The bad throw by Adams. Odd infield single. Now a little bloop to no-man’s land. The only really hard-hit ball of the inning was an out, yet the Rays have scored two off Sabathia.
UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: What’s the deal with first base umpires this trip? Nix was out. Instead he’s safe. Yankees have one on with one out and Romine at the plate.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Line drive home run by Rodriguez has the Rays lead up to 4-0. The Rays got a couple of cheap runs off Sabathia in the second inning, but there was nothing cheap about the Rodriguez homer. He smoked that ball, only question was whether it would stay fair.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Went down into the stands to see a friend of mine who’s watching the game. I was down there to see Sabathia give up three more runs, then got back to the press box just as Robinson Cano got the Yankees first legitimate hit of the day. It’s 7-0 Rays.
UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: David Huff getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. Looks like we could see his Yankees debut.