Ichiro Suzuki CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Vernon Wells RF
Brendan Ryan SS
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-12, 3.17)
Kuroda vs. Rays
Matt Joyce DH
Wil Myers RF
David DeJesus LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist 2B
James Loney 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Sam Fuld CF
Yunel Escobar SS
LHP Matt Moore (15-4, 3.34)
Moore vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Temperatures in the low 60s, maybe dipping into the 50s. Getting a little cooler, but still a beautiful night.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Timmons, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Mark Wegner
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: CC Sabathia will finish the season 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA in 32 starts. He is the only pitcher in history to win more than 10 games while posting a winning record in each of his first 13 Major League seasons.
BUT THEY DIDN’T SWEEP: The Yankees held San Francisco to just three runs in their three-game series from Friday to Sunday, marking just the second time in the last 10 seasons that the Yankees allowed three-or-fewer runs in a series of three-or-more games (they also allowed three runs over a three-game sweep of the Mets at Citi Field in 20090. It was just the second time in the last 20 seasons that the Yankees allowed three-or-fewer runs in a home series of three-or-more games (they allowed two in sweeping a three-game series against Tampa Bay in 2002).
GET THOSE BOBBLEHEADS: For some reason, fans at tonight’s game will not be given a Mariano Rivera bobblehead after all. The Yankees are instead handing out vouchers that can be redeemed for a Rivera bobblehead.
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Well that didn’t take long. Leadoff homer by Matt Joyce and a 1-0 lead for Tampa Bay.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Couple of strikeouts to end the inning, but it’s still a three-run first for the Rays. Yankees in trouble already.
UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Because I know you were all very concerned… the bobbleheads have arrived. Apparently there was some sort of transportation issue — a broken down train or something, seriously — that caused them to arrive late. Fans are going to cash in their vouchers here during the game. So, not a complete debacle. Meanwhile, the Yankees need some runs (how many times have I written that this season?).
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Well that didn’t work out. Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the third, but left all three runners stranded.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Eduardo Nunez in a nutshell. Makes a great play to get the ball, then made an awful throw to let the runner not only reach but get to second.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Well, here we go. Two-run double by Loney has the Rays in front 5-0. Logan is warming in the pen. Kuroda looks cooked.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Here’s Logan. This is his first appearance since being diagnosed with inflammation and a bone spur. He hasn’t pitched since September 6.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: It’s getting ugly here. Betances is in to pitch, but Kelley let the Rays score two more runs. Meanwhile, the Yankees have four hits and are 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Brutal. Just brutal. Assuming this continues, the Yankees will be five out with five to play.