RHP Shane Greene (5-2, 4.61 in Triple-A)
Greene has never faced the Indians
Jason Kipnis 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Michael Brantley CF
Carlos Santana 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Nick Swisher DH
David Murphy RF
Yan Gomes C
Chris Dickerson LF
RHP Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.16)
Masterson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s with some chance of rain at some point.
UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B Manny Gonzalez, 2B Tom Woodring, 3B Brian Knight
LEADING OFF: Brett Gardner has reached base safely in 21 straight games in which he has a plate appearance. It is the longest such streak by a Yankee since Robinson Cano reached base safely in 26 straight games from June 20 to July 20, 2012. It is the second-longest such streak of Gardner’s career behind only a 22-game stretch of reaching base in 2009 (that’s all according to Elias). Obviously reaching base today would mean Gardner matching the longest streak of his career.
ONE AWAY: Couple of milestones within reach for Derek Jeter tonight. With one double he will pass Lou Gehrig for sole possession of the Yankees career doubles list. With one walk, he’ll tie Bernie Williams for the fourth-most all-time walks in Yankees history. He needs two multi-hit games — extremely hard to do tonight — to reach 1,000 career multi-hit games.
FAMILIAR FACE: The Indians have had Nick Swisher in their lineup for two years now, and today they added another former Yankees player. The Indians traded for outfielder Chris Dickerson and have him in the lineup tonight.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: At times a rather bizarre inning, but seven straight Yankees reached base for three runs and a 3-0 lead. A hard ground ball double play kept the inning from getting any bigger.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: If you were thinking the Yankees pitching staff has issues, these first three innings from the Indians are a real eye opener. Yikes. The Yankees are hitting them hard, getting hit by pitches, taking walks, advancing on balks. It’s just a complete mess. And it’s a 4-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Yankees are leading 5-0 and have nine hits here in the fourth, but imagine if they hadn’t made three outs on the bases already.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Shane Greene just carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning in his first big league start. It’s over with a Nick Swisher home run, but still, this kid has been terrific. Given the workload concerns with the other Yankees starters — and given the fact he made a great impression in spring training — Greene just might earn himself another start.
UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Zelous Wheeler just missed a pinch hit homer. Caught at the wall.
UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Huff is in for the Yankees. Greene’s first big league start is an overwhelming success. Six innings, four hits, two earned runs, no walks and two strikes. The no walks is huge. Walked three in his debut. Yankees became really impressed with him when he cut down on the walks last year in Double-A.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: The Yankees have thoroughly outhit and outpitched the Indians tonight, but Yan Gomes just went deep to make this a 5-3 game. Seems like the lead should be much more, but some questionable base running cost the Yankees some scoring opportunities and now Dellin Betances is coming in to try to keep this lead at two runs.