Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Kevin Cash C
Pitching: Phil Hughes (1-2, 7.56).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES.
STREAKING: It’s seven in a row for the Yankees now, who are finally getting the production they’d been expecting from their hitters. During the winning streak they’re averaging 5.9 runs per game.
BIG START FOR PJH: In some ways tonight is important for Hughes and in others it’s meaningless; regardless of how well he pitches, it’s still likely that he’ll be the one giving way when Chien-Ming Wang is ready to return to the rotation. At the same time, Hughes hasn’t been the young stud everyone anticipates he’ll be, so he could use a confidence boost. Unfortunately, his history with the Orioles isn’t great – he got roughed up for eight runs in just 1.2 innings against Baltimore on May 9.
POWER PLAYS: Mark Teixeira has officially broken out of whatever early-season slump he was in. He’s 14 of 37 in his last 10 games with six homers (three in the last two days) and 15 RBI. Alex Rodriguez hasn’t hit consistently since coming off the DL – he’s batting .194 – but his production has been amazing when he does make contact: 5 HR, 10 RBI in 11 games.
HONORING THEIR SERVICE:Tonight through Sunday, the Yankees will commemorate Fleet Week. Members of the armed forces will take part in on-field pregame ceremonies. In addition, for each game through Sunday the club has donated tickets in the Legends Suite area to members of the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, among other branches of the Armed Forces.
With all the controversy over the Legends Suites this year, it’s nice to see the Yankees opening them to people who truly deserve the best seats in the house.
I’m not covering the game tonight – that duty falls to the excellent Ernie Palladino, who provided the lineups. I’ll try to post at some point later on or postgame. Enjoy the chase for eight, everyone.
UPDATE, 7:53: Back-to-back-to-back and belly-to-belly-to-belly. That’s the 11th time in franchise history that has happened. The last time came on June 21, 2005, when Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, and Hideki Matsui did it in Tampa Bay.
The competition has hardly been great, but everything is going right for the Yankees.