Brett Gardner CF
Curtis Granderson DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 2.41)
Kuroda vs. Rays
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
James Loney 1B
Kelly Johnson DH
David DeJesus LF
Jose Lobaton C
Yunel Escobar SS
RHP Chris Archer (6-5, 2.95)
Archer vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: After yesterday’s rain delay, I’m perfectly happy to be covering a game under a roof.
UMPIRES: HP Gary Darling, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B Chris Conroy, 3B Will Little
BIRD BATH: The Yankees were undefeated at home again Toronto this season, going 10-0 with Thursday’s win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the fifth time in franchise history the Yankees swept a home season series again a single team they hosted at least 10 times (also 10-0 vs. the 2004 Devil Rays, 11-0 vs. 1957 K.C. Athletics, 11-0 vs. the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics and 10-0 vs. the 1940 Senators).
SERIESOUSLY SPEAKING: With their series sweep against Toronto, the Yankees have won four consecutive series, their longest such streak since winning four consecutive series from April 8-21 (at Cleveland, vs. Baltimore, vs. Arizona and at Toronto). The Yankees last won five straight series from September 11-26, 2012.
RAYS NOTES: The Rays have set the rest of their rotation for this series. They’ll have David Price pitching tomorrow and Alex Cobb on Sunday. David DeJesus was acquired this morning and has been immediately inserted into the lineup.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Nunez loses his helmet — of course — but his hamstring seems to have survived the spring down the first-base line. Yankees are up 1-0.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: First pitch to Lobaton is a three-run homer off the right-field pole.
UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: For the moment, it looks like the Yankees dodged a bullet with that one. Gardner was hit in the hand/wrist — can’t really tell which — but he’s staying in the game.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Extreme shift on Granderson as he flies to right for an inning-ending 9-3 double play.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Kuroda hadn’t allowed a home run since June 30. He’s now allowed two tonight. Longoria’s solo shot makes it 4-1 Rays.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Make that three homers tonight.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Four homers. And this has to be Kuroda’s worst healthy start of the year.