1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Ichiro Suzuki RF
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Travis Hafner DH
5. Zoilo Almonte LF
6. Lyle Overbay 1B
7. Eduardo Nunez SS
8. Luis Cruz 3B
9. Chris Stewart C
CC Sabathia LHP
1. Alex Gordon LF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Eric Hosmer 1B
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Salvador Perez C
6. Lorenzo Cain CF
7. Miguel Tejada 3B
8. Johnny Giavotella 2B
9. David Lough RF
James Shields RHP
Umpires: Angel Hernandez HP, Paul Nauert 1B, Doug Eddings 2B, Dana DeMuth 3B
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
Weather: Warm, mostly cloudy, chance of rain
Home cooking: The Yankees have lost two in a row at home. They are the only team in the AL so far that hasn’t lost more than two in a row at home.
A-Rod update: While Alex Rodriguez is playing for Tampa, word has come out through the New York Daily News that he’s expected to meet Friday with MLB investigators in regard to the Biogenesis PED scandal. The report states that suspensions are coming prior the end of the season and indicates that they may be coming as early as this month. A-Rod would surely appeal if he’s hit with one.
Update, 7:15: Good start for Sabathia, 1-2-3 with two Ks.
Update, 7:23: Gardner snaps 0 for 16 with a bunt single. Ichiro singles him to third. And Cano delivers an RBI single, 1-0.
Update, 7:35: Sabathia looking sharp, 1-2-3 second with another K.
Update, 7:41: Gardner hits into 4-6-3 double play to end the inning after Stewart’s single.
Update, 7:51: Sabathia gives up a single and a walk, but he gets out of it.
Update, 8:09: Sabathia has another 1-2-3 inning, one hit and one walk allowed through four.
Update, 8:15: Shields gets a 1-2-3 inning with help from Lorenzo Cain in center, a sliding catch to rob Nunez. Shields arrived at 2-9 with a 5.31 ERA in 13 career starts in the Bronx. But this is a different lineup.
Update, 8:22: Cruz nice diving stop to complete another three-up, three-down inning for Sabathia. Ominous looking clouds in the area.
Update, 8:25: It’s raining, but they’re still playing.
Update, 8:29: The Yankees go down in order. They keep the games moving this season.
Update, 8:34: There goes the shutout. David Lough parks a 91 mph fastball by Sabathia in the second deck in right, 1-1 in the sixth.
Update, 8:41: Sabathia has given up the one run and two hits through six. The HR was the staff-worst 19th off him. Maybe we should get off Phil Hughes’ back. He has only allowed 15.
Update, 8:48: The Yankees go down weakly in the sixth, grounder to first and two strikeouts.
Update, 8:51: Another HR for Butler, off a Sabathia fastball, 2-1 Royals.
Update, 9:05: The Yankees have yet another 1-2-3 inning. They haven’t had a hit since the second, five hits in all, four in the first when they scored, 2-1 K.C. after seven.
Update, 9:11: RBI ground-rule double for Hosmer, 3-1 in the eighth.
Update, 9:15: Three runs, seven hits allowed over eight by Sabathia, hard to blame him. Tim Collins comes on to replace Shields.
Update, 9:26: Cano strikes out with Gardner on second and two outs. At least Gardner had their first hit since the second. The bar is low right now.
Update, 9:40: Yankees lose 3-1.