Hello from Progressive Field in Cleveland, as the Yankees play the second game of this four-game series with the Indians.
The big story is once again Alex Rodriguez, who gets to try for homer No. 600 on his 35th birthday, facing rookie Josh Tomlin in his Major League debut. Alex is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two doubles and four RBIs since hitting No. 599 last Thursday vs. Kansas City.
Mark Teixeira has a half-day today as the DH, as the Yankees look to get Juan Miranda’s bat in the lineup after his good homestand. Should they get a lead to the eighth inning, that picture remains muddled. Girardi said again he’d be ready to go to Joba Chamberlain if necessary, but didn’t think any further explanation was needed if – say – David Robertson gets a call.
“The guys down there know my stance,” he said.
UPDATE 6:57 p.m.: Yankees C Jorge Posada has been scratched with a sore left knee.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. ET start, seen on MY9:
Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira DH, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Curtis Granderson CF, Juan Miranda 1B, Francisco Cervelli C, Brett Gardner LF
CC Sabathia LHP (13-3, 3.18)
Trevor Crowe CF, Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Shin-Soo Choo RF, Austin Kearns LF, Shelley Duncan DH, Jhonny Peralta 3B, Matt LaPorta 1B, Jason Donald 2B, Chris Gimenez C
Josh Tomlin RHP (MLB Debut)
BIRTHDAY BOY: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez celebrates his 35th birthday today…his HR total is the most ever for a player prior to their 35th birthday…collected the most hits (2,629) and games played (2,259) for any player prior to turning 35 since Robin Yount (2,733H and 2,436G)…recorded the third-most RBI (1,787) for any player prior to turning 35 behind only Lou Gehrig (1,910) and Jimmie Foxx (1,884)-credit: Elias…has homered five times on his birthday (1996, 2001, 2002-twice and 2004)…according to Elias, only two players have ever hit a century milestone homer on their birthday: Cecil Fielder (No. 300) on 9/21/97 and Raul Ibanez (No. 200) on 6/2/09.
GRAND PLANS: CF Curtis Granderson has homered in three of his last seven at-bats and has hit safely in each of his last six games, going 9-for-21 (.429) with 7R and 4RBI over the stretch.
EDGING IT OUT: With last night’s 3-2 win, the Yankees improved to 10-6 in one-run games this season…have won their last six games decided by one run and are 10-2 in their last 12 such contests after starting the year 0-4.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees own a Major League-most 32 come-from-behind victories this season, including five of their last seven victories…four of their comeback wins in 2010 have been by at least three runs…the Yankees led the Majors with 51 comeback wins in 2009.