RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 3.17)
Greene vs. Tigers
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Eugenio Suarez SS
Rajai Davis CF
LHP David Price (12-9, 3.00)
Price vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:08 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Hoping the rain holds off the rest of the night.
UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B John Tumpane, 2B Bill Welke, 3B James Hoye
BIG DIFFERENCE: This will be Shane Greene’s second start against the Tigers, and his first was awfully good — eight shutout innings for a 1-0 win. Of course, there’s a pretty big difference between the lineup Greene faced on August 7 and the one he’ll face today. This one has Miguel Cabrera in it.
YOUNG GUNS: The Yankees have started a rookie pitcher 52 times, the highest total in MLB and tied for the third-highest in franchise history since rookie rules were made in 1958 (1991-54x, 1986-54x, 2007-52x). That’s all according to Elias. The Yankees are 33-19 in games started by rookies this year, including 21-7 on the road.
OFF AND RUNNING: Last night Jacoby Ellsbury showed his power, but he has also been successful in each of his last 11 stolen base attempts since July 18. In his last eight games Ellsbury is batting .484 (15-for-31) with six runs, one double, three homers, seven RBI and four stolen bases.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Scoreless first for each team, but the Yankees really made David Price work for it. He threw 28 pitches in the top of the inning. Now he’s back out there for the second.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Ellsbury stays ridiculously hot — steals a bag on a pickoff, that’s how hot he is — and Jeter capitalizes with an RBI double for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the third. The Yankees have actually had Price on the ropes most of the night. He’s already up to 49 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Four straight Yankees hits to open the third inning. Teixeira just delivered an RBI double. It’s now 2-0 Yankees with no outs, two runners in scoring position, and Beltran at the plate.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Make that five straight hits. Beltran with an RBI single off the wall.
UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Six straight hits. Yankees up 4-0. Action in the Tigers bullpen.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Seven straight hits. Bases loaded for Gardner.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Infield single. Eight straight hits. 5-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Nine straight hits. Yankees up 6-0. Price coming out of the game. That’s incredible. The Yankees literally just batted around without making an out to chase one of the best pitchers in baseball.
UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Well, that was pretty incredible. The Yankees added a couple of sac flies before finally ending the inning with a ground ball to third. They went 8-for-9 with RISP in that inning! It’s an 8-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Here’s Shane Greene to start the bottom of the fifth with an 8-1 lead. The kid looks awfully good again. Didn’t allow a hit until the fourth.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Cervelli takes an unfortunate foul tip, but Greene’s through another scoreless inning.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Victor Martinez’s 26th home run of the season. That’s a career high for him. It’s also now an 8-2 Yankees lead.