Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Curtis Granderson LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Chris Stewart C
RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 3.17)
Nova vs. Rays
David DeJesus LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce DH
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Molina C
RHP Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.85)
Cobb vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:40 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Inside. Actually feels like they have the AC up a little high.
UMPIRES: HP Chris Conroy, 1B Will Little, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Jerry Meals
CANOTABLE: Robinson Cano has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games batting .397 (29-for-73) with 10 runs, six doubles, two homers, 12 RBI and eight walks.
STRONG RETURN: Since returning from the disabled list on May 25, Ivan Nova is 6-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 appearances, nine of them starts. He had a 6.48 ERA before going on the DL. Since July 5 he has a 2.30 ERA in eight starts. He and CC Sabathia are the only Yankees starters to last eight innings in back-to-back starts this season.
ON THIS DATE: It was on August 25, 2011 that Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson each hit grand slams, the only time in baseball history that three players from the same team hit a grand slam in one game.
UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: One run scores, but Nova gets a huge 5-2-3 double play to get out of the first and minimize the damage. That could have gotten ugly.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Nice little play by Reynolds to end the third inning. Another double play ball has helped Nova keep the Rays off the board since the first. Still 1-0 heading into the fourth. Yankees, obviously, needing some offense.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Need some offense? Get Cano to the plate. Solo homer ties the game at 1.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Gardner out stealing in the top of the fifth, now Nova allows a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Probably just setting up his fourth double play of the game.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Cano probably didn’t need to try for third on that one, but it’s still an RBI double to put the Yankees in front. Could have been more, but Cano was thrown out stretching and Overbay struck out with runners left at second and third.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Not a double play. Longoria homers for a tied game.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Another inning that could have been worse, but Nova gets out of it with a ground ball to shortstop. Tied at 2 after six.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Bottom third of the Yankees lineup has seven strikeouts in nine at-bats. Mark Reynolds has struck out in each of his plate appearances. I know Alex Rodriguez talks about taking small bites, but these bites might be a little too small.
UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: I guess Girardi wanted to save Logan for Joyce because he brought in Kelly to let Zobrist bat from his better side. Worked out because Stewart got the caught stealing to end the inning.
UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: Dave Robertson does the impossible by retiring Evan Longoria, then gets a punch out of Joyce to end the eighth with the game still tied.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Scoreless eighth and ninth out of Robertson, now Rodriguez on deck to hit for Stewart in the 10th. Yankees going all out for this thing. Except, of course, Joba is warming in the bullpen.