Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
J.R. Murphy C
LHP CC Sabathia (13-13, 4.90)
Sabathia vs. Giants
Joaquin Arias 2B
Juan Perez CF
Brandon Belt 1B
Buster Posey DH
Hunter Pence RF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Hector Sanchez C
Brett Pill LF
Brandon Crawford SS
RHP Tim Lincecum (10-13, 4.40)
Lincecum vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: No sense in real detail on night like this. It just feels really nice out. Breeze blowing from right to left.
UMPIRES: HP Dan DeMuth, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Paul Nauert, 3B Angel Hernandez
PATCHING THINGS UP: During the Yankees’ final four home games of the season from Sunday through Thursday, the team will wear “Mariano Rivera Final Season” patches on the left sleeves of their jerseys and on their caps.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Tonight is the Giants first-ever trip to the current Yankee Stadium. They will become the 24th different opponent to play in the current Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are 18-5 in an opponents’ first-ever games at Yankee Stadium.
TO THE HALL: During a pregame ceremony, Ichiro Suzuki is donating to the Hall of Fame the jersey he wore for his 4,000th career hit combining his American and Japanese totals.
UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Sabathia pitching out of trouble in the top of the first, but a 1-2-3 bottom of the first means the Yankees couldn’t reward him with a quick lead.
UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Soriano provides the lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the second. It’s the only Yankees hit, but so far it’s enough.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: There was a time, when he was in the low minors, that Eduardo Nunez was considered a very good defensive player. Just showed a flash of it right there on a nice charging play for the third out of the third inning. Giants have tied it, though.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: I’ve known George Kontos for a long time. This is a fascinating situation for him with the bases loaded, two outs and Rodriguez at the plate. Probably the at-bat of the game one way or the other. Make or break moment.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Oh my! Grand slam by Rodriguez to snap a 1-for-25 skid. Unreal. That’s his seventh homer of the season, and it’s a 5-1 Yankees lead.