Ichiro Suzuki CF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Luis Cruz 3B
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (9-7, 3.99)
Sabathia vs. Twins
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Doumit RF
Trevor Plouffe DH
Aaron Hicks CF
Clete Thomas LF
Jamey Carroll 3B
Pedro Florimon SS
RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 7.27)
Gibson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: The rain cooled things down a little bit the past couple days, but it’s pretty hot again.
UMPIRES: HP Gary Cederstrom, 1B Kerwin Danley, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Vic Carapazza
ROAD WARRIORS: This is the final game before the All-Star break, and the last game of a 10-game home stand. The Yankees will begin the second half of the season by playing 15 of their first 18 games on the road before finishing with 27 of their last 49 at home. They went 23-21 on the road in the first half.
UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Couple of two-out RBI singles by the bottom of the order has the Twins in the lead, 2-0, in the middle of the second inning. Meanwhile, Chris Tillman has been named a replacement on the All-Star team ahead of Hiroki Kuroda.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Nunez kind of floats a bad throw to first base, and the error opens the door to a three-run homer by Aaron Hicks. Should have been the last out of the inning, instead the Twins lead is up to 5-0.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: First person to talk to Nunez in the dugout was infield coach Mick Kelleher.
UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: The Wells fly ball never looked deep enough to score Almonte, but with this offense, it was worth taking a chance. Maybe the throw would have been off line.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Ugly game for the Yankees so far. Weird play on that ball in shallow right center. It’s a weak bloop that turned into a double because Ichiro couldn’t get there and didn’t realize Wells had run past the backup point.
UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Overbay seemed to be thinking two on that grounder, then he couldn’t adjust when it ball took a bit of a bad hop. Is this the Yankees sloppiest game of the year?
UPDATE, 2:41 p.m.: Walks were really Sabathia’s biggest problem that inning. The hits weren’t hit hard, but they did the damage.
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Sabathia failed to pitch beyond the fourth inning against the Twins. That’s fairly stunning, even in a down year.
UPDATE, 3:46 p.m.: Hey look, a home run. Ichiro just went deep to make it 8-4 in the seventh. Also, Adam Warren is pitching well, so there’s that.