RHP Shane Greene (2-1, 3.68)
Greene has never faced the Tigers
Rajai Davis LF
Ezequiel Carrera CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Don Kelly 1B
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Andrew Romine SS
RHP Rick Porcello (13-5, 3.18)
Porcello vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Just a really nice day.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Mike Muchlinski, 3B Tom Woodring
HOMER HAPPY: The Yankees have homered in 11 of their last 12 games and?have 24 home runs since the All-Star break, the most in MLB over the stretch.
JETER METER: Derek Jeter has 3,429 career hits and needs just one to tie Honus Wagner for sixth place on MLB’s all-time list.
BLOWOUT! With a 5-1 victory last night, the Yankees had their streak of 16 consecutive games decided by two-or-fewer runs snapped (they went 9-7 over that stretch). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak was tied for the third-longest streak of its kind in Major League history behind an 18-game stretch by the 1968 Twins and a 17-game span by the 1960 Phillies (the 1975 Orioles and 1916 Braves also had 16-game streaks). The Yankees and Pirates are tied for the Majors’ best record in games decided by two-or-fewer runs this season (both are 37-26, .587).
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Strong first inning for Greene.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Greene is through three scoreless, and now the offense has an opportunity to do something here in the bottom of the inning after back-to-back singles from Ichiro and Ryan at the bottom of the order.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: So much for that. Gardner bangs into a 4-6-3.
UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: Three straight two-out hits for the Yankees here in the fourth. Stephen Drew doubled in a run and it’s a 1-0 Yankees lead with Cervelli at the plate. He has a chance to really extend this lead. Runners at second and third.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Or, I suppose Cervelli could fly to center and strand the runners.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Carrera apparently has been watching a lot of women’s softball lately. Takes a running charge at the pitch and slaps an infield single. Hard to tell whether his foot was completely out of the box at the time of contact.
UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Infield single, and now a little floater into shallow right field. Nothing hit hard, but Greene’s in a bit of trouble here with runners at the corners, one out, and Victor Martinez at the plate. Needs a ground ball (and Greene’s perfectly capable of getting one).
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: There’s a 93-mph sinker for the 4-6-3 double play. And Greene walks off the mound like it’s no big deal.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Greene was given a chance in the ninth, but he allowed a leadoff single, and now Robertson has walked Victor Martinez. The Tigers brought up the best pinch hitter in baseball — Miguel Cabrera — for a pivotal at-bat here in the ninth.
UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: Brendan Ryan. Nifty.