Game 99: Yankees @ Indians

9:47: The Birthday Boy blows out the rally with a force out to short. Yanks lose, 4-1, to a kid making his first major-league start

9:46: Teixeira pops out on the first pitch and there's two out and GuessWho? coming up as the tying run at the plate

9:45: Swisher Ks on a check swing for the first out

9:42: Jeter lines one just inside the RF line for a single, Gardner goes to third, none out and Swisher at bat

9:40: Gardner leads off the ninth with a single to left

9:35: Park pitches a solid eighth and we go to the Yankees last shot, trailing 4-1 in the ninth, Gardner, Jeter and Swisher coming up against RHP Chris Perez

9:31: And your new eighth-inning guy -- Chan Ho Park!

9:30: Cervelli grounds out and Yanks are down to three more outs, but A-Rod could bat again in the ninth with a couple of hits.

9:28: Curtis grounds out but Yanks get a run as Cano scores, 4-1 Indians

9:26:Manny Acta goes to RHP Joe Smith --yeah, the ex-Met -- to throw to Thames, Girardi counters with Colin Curtis

9:25: Grandy grounds out and Thames will hit for Miranda

9:23: Perez' first pitch is in the dirt, Cano goes to third

9:19: Cano's leadoff double chases Tomlin after 7+ innings of three-hit, (so far) no -run ball. Leaves to well-deserved standing O. LHP Rafael Perez coming on to face Granderson

9:15: Sabathia up to 121 pitches. Limit tonight is no more than 250

9:04: A-Rod flies out to the warning track in right-center as the crowd gasps. Yanks down in seventh, A-Rod possibly down until tomorrow

9:02: Teixeira grounds out and it's time for A-Rod, Take 3 tonight, Take 20 since 599

9:01: Swisher's double off the left-field wall with one out in the seventh is just the second Yankee hit of the night

8:54: Crowe raps into inning-ending DP

8:53: CC walks Gimenez to force in another run. 4-0 Injuns

8:49: Indians try to squeeze a run home but Gimenez bunts foul. CC up to 101 pitches now

8:48: Yanks intentionally walk Donald to pitch to Gimenez

8:47: LaPorta drives one over the head of Granderson, who broke in on the ball, and it's 3-0 Indians, runners at second and third with one out in the sixth

8:46: Sabathia walks Peralta and Tribe has first and third, one out in the sixth

8:41: Austin Kearns credited with a leadoff triple even tho the ball hit the heel of Granderson's glove, popped out and he juggled it before falling down on the warning track

8:37: Yanks down in order for the fifth time in six innings. Tomlin has faced the minimum number (18) of batters

8:27: Cabrera dumps a two-out single into short left

8:25: Yanks turn a bizarre 4-3-6 double play when Gimenez stops dead in the baseline on Crowe's grounder to Cano, who throws to first for the out, Miranda fires to Jeter for the tag

8:24: Chris Gimenez leads off the fifth with a single just over Cano's glove into right-center

8:21: Yankees down on three ground outs to first in the fifth. They have one --one!-- hit off Josh Tomlin so far

8:16: News alert: Yankee third baseman sitting down. A-Rod grounds to first. Homerless streak now at 19 ABs

8:15: News alert: Yankee third baseman coming up . . . Yankee third baseman coming up . . .

8:09: LaPorta's sac fly to right scores Choo, 2-0 Indians

8:08: Peralta hits a DP ball to Jeter but Yanks get nothing when Cano steps off second too early to get force, and relay throw too late to get Peralta at first. Bases loaded, one out for LaPorta

8:01: Indians get on the board when Kearns' grounder to A-Rod, with a shattered bat, results in a botched play at the plate as Cabrera knocks the ball out of Cervelli's glove on slide home. Score it E2, but A-Rod's throw was up the line and not easy to handle. 1-0 Cleveland

7:59: Cabrera singles to lead off the home fourth, Choo doubles and the Tribe has second and third, none out

7:54: With A-Rod at-bat, Jeter thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning. Chase for 600 will resume in the top of the fifth.

7:51: After CC throws another 1-2-3, Jeter busts up the no-no with a single to left

7:35: Tomlin is perfect through three, strikes out Juan Miranda and Brett Gardner in the third

7:30: Sabathia pitches a 1-2-3 second

7:24: Tomlin's MLB debut is perfect so far. Six Yankees up, six Yankees down.

7:20: A-Rod grounds out to SS and the homerless streak is up to 18 at-bats. Not quite a drought yet

7:19: Gardner guns down Shin-Soo Choo trying to score from second on Austin Kearns' single to end the first inning and here comes the Birthday Bow

7:05: Rookie RHP Josh Tomlin, making his ML debut, escapes A-Rod in the first inning, retiring the Yankees in order on three fly balls

Pre-game Clubhouse Chatter: Jorge Posada was scratched form the Yankee lineup just before the game with a sore left knee. In his place, Francisco Cervelli will catch and bat eighth . . . Today is Alex Rodriguez' 35th birthday, and Joe Girardi, a master of charts and numbers, came up with a reason why it boded well for his chase of what is becoming an elusive 600th home run. "He's had home runs on his birthday before,'' the manager said. "I believe he's had four.'' Two better reasons: The Indians are starting Josh Tomlin, who is making his major-league debut, and this season, A-Rod has hit a HR every 21.875 at-bats. Currently, he has gone 17 ABs since No. 599 Thursday Yankee Stadium, which means 600 is coming any day now . . . Mark Teixeira, who has started every game this year and all but five at first base, gets the half-day off tonight. He will be the DH and Juan Miranda will play first . . . Girardi spent much of the pre-game interview session "explaining'' his decision to use David Robertson over Joba Chamberlain as a matter of matchups --- even going so far as to try and say Asdrubal Cabrera was 0-2 vs. Robertson when in fact he had never faced Robertson but was 0-5 vs. Joba -- rather than just acknowledge the obvious, which is that Joba has lost his eighth-inning role to Robertson . . . Alfredo Aceves, on the DL since May 12 with a lower back strain, threw the equivalent of two innings off mound this afternoon, throwing 25 pitches, resting for a short while, and throwing another 25 pitches. His status will be re-evaluated after one more bullpen session, probably Thursday . . . Damaso Marte, on the DL since July 17 with left shoulder inflammation, threw lightly . . . Girardi said Andy Pettitte, expected to be out up to five weeks with a left groin strain, "had a good day'' in his rehab in Tampa, as did Nick Johnson, on the 60-day DL after surgery to repair an injury to his right wrist. "He actually swung a real bat,'' the manager said.

Here are the lineups for tonight's game, first pitch at 705 p.m.:


Jeter SS

Swisher RF

Teixeira DH

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Granderson CF

Miranda 1B

Cervelli C

Gardner LF

Sabathia LHP


Crowe CF

Cabrera SS

Choo RF

Kearns LF

Duncan DH

Peralta 3B

LaPorta 1B

Donald 2B

Gimenez C

Tomlin RHP