1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano DH
6. Kelly Johnson 3B
7. Yangervis Solarte 2B
8. Brett Gardner LF
9. John Ryan Murphy C
CC Sabathia LHP
1. Logan Forsythe 3B
2. Desmond Jennings CF
3. Evan Longoria DH
4. Wil Myers RF
5. Sean Rodriguez 2B
6. James Loney 1B
7. Yunel Escobar SS
8. Brandon Guyer LF
9. Ryan Hanigan C
Erik Bedard LHP
Umpires: Marvin Hudson HP, Cory Blaser 1B, Brian O’Nora 2B, Doug Eddings 3B
TV/radio: YES/WFAN 660, 101.9
Weather: cloudy, 64 degrees
Mannings in the house: Peyton and Eli Manning are here. Peyton said Derek Jeter is hosting them in his suite for the game and that he’s here to pay his respects to his friend and will do the same when he goes on with the retiring David Letterman tomorrow. “I’m sad to see some of these guys retiring,” Manning said. “I’m not far behind. But glad to be able to do it. … I really appreciate Derek’s friendship. He’s supported me throughout my career, and I’ve tried to do the same for him. It’s been a unique friendship.”
Few free passes: Yankees starters have issued a total of just 37 walks, best in the majors.
Relief instead of stress: The Yankees relievers who are on the roster right now have a combined ERA of 1.58 and have allowed opponents to only hit .199.
Update, 1:13: Sabathia off to a bad start, two doubles among first three Rays, Longoria drives in the run with his, 1-0.
Update, 1:22: Bedard gets the Yankees 1-2-3. Jeter now 4 of 27 on the homestand.
Update, 1:29: Sabathia gives up a two-out single in the second and that’s it. He came in at 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his two home starts.
Update, 1:36: Single by Teixeira, double by Soriano, sac fly by Solarte, 1-1. Soriano needs three more hits to become the seventh with 1,000 in both leagues.
Update, 1:52: Three-run inside-the-park homer by Myers, 4-1. Ellsbury leaped, the ball hit near the top of the fence in right-center and then deflected off Ellsbury, who went down.
Update, 1:59: Sabathia has given up four runs, seven hits in three innings. Gets out of first-and-third, two-out jam.
Update, 2:07: 1-2-3 inning for Bedard, who brought a 5.52 ERA and a streak of 15 winless starts to the ballpark.
Update, 2:16: Aceves warming with two on and one out in the fourth, nine hits off Sabathia.
Update, 2:16: Force at second, but Sabathia didn’t bust it to first so a throw could be made for a try for two.
Update, 2:19: Sabathia is done after RBI double by Myers. Aceves on. A diminished Sabathia would be a big concern at this point, to state the obvious.
Update, 2:37: Solarte strands two in scoring position to end the fourth, still 5-1. The Yankees have three hits.
Update, 2:54: Aceves gave up a couple of hits and needed a visit from the trainer during the fifth, but he escaped unscathed. Looked like he had some problems with his right leg, but not sure.
Update, 3:08: First and second and no one out and the Yankees can’t score.
Update, 3:22: Bedard has a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. The Yankees have a run and five hits.
Update, 3:37: Bedard is pulled after Solarte’s leadoff single in the seventh, sixth hit off him. Lefty Jake McGee is the new pitcher.
Update, 3:49: First and third, two outs and Jeter hits into a force. 5-1 Rays after seven.
Update, 3:55: Nice job by Aceves in long relief, no runs, three hits, 4 1/3 after a 1-2-3 eighth.
Update, 4:02: The Yankees go down in order in the eighth against Peralta. It started raining in the top of the eighth.
Update, 4:11: Aceves works 5 1/3, gives up just three singles, retires his final 12 batters. Balfour tries to close it out.
Update, 4:23: Yankees lose 5-1. On to Anaheim.