Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Randy Winn LF
RHP Phil Hughes (first start)
Career vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Mike Napoli 2B
Brandon Wood 3B
Reggie Willits LF
LHP Scott Kazmir (first start)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./MY9 and MLB Network
WEATHER: Some clouds in the sky, but it doesn’t seem to be anything to worry about.
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Dan Bellino
COMFORT ZONE: Three Yankees have more than 25 career at-bats against Scott Kazmir. Derek Jeter has a .111 average, Nick Swisher has a .185 average and Robinson Cano has a .154 average in those at-bats.
CELEBRATING JACKIE: Everyone will be wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Mariano Rivera is the only player still wearing 42 regularly, having been grandfathered into the number when it was retired throughout the major leagues in 1997.
ERROR-FREE: This could jinx he whole thing but… The Yankees have not committed an error in their past four games. They made four errors in their first two games.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Phil Hughes takes the mound to King Nothing by Metallica, then strikes out Erick Aybar to start the game.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: I would say roughly half of the Yankee Stadium crowd gave Hideki Matsui a standing ovation after his home run off Hughes.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Hughes never showed much of a curveball this spring, but it’s back in force tonight. He used it on both strikeouts in the second inning.
UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Robinson Cano is crushing the ball this season. That’s his third homer of the year.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Happy with the double, obviously, but not so great that Thames spent most of his run to second base doing his home run trot.
UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Hughes’ stuff looks good, but he’s just missing on a few pitches and the Angels have put together some good at-bats against him. Pitch count might be his biggest problem tonight.
UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Number 42. Derek Jeter. Number 42. That’s his second homer of the season and the series.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Every time I see a balk I have a split-second reaction of, “what just happened?” I know something isn’t quite right, but in that exact moment I’m never sure what it is.
UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Nice job by Granderson. By the way, the temperature seems to have dropped 10 degrees and it’s been raining lightly off and on.
UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Marcus Thames, 2-for-2.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: By the way, when Jeter bats, the stadium is still playing the Bob Sheppard No. 2 recording.
UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: Cool AP shot of Rodriguez, Jeter and Cano.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Hughes is at 97 pitches. Right now there’s no one getting loose in the bullpen, but Dave Robertson was getting ready last inning.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: There was a runner in scoring position that time. That’s a two-run shot for Cano, and this is his fifth career multi-homer game.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Hughes is out there to start the sixth, but Robertson is getting loose again in the pen.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: For Hughes, 108 pitches, a career-high.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Nice bounce-back outing for Robertson.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Gotta like that from Joba Chamberlain. By the way, this is the major league debut for Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez (a different Francisco Rodriguez).
UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: I have no idea how they did this, but I was just told that the Sheppard recording for Derek Jeter is actually saying “Number Forty Two” tonight. It’ s a minor difference that’s tough to notice, but this is why the good folks here at Yankee Stadium know what they’re doing. Very cool touch on this night.
UPDATE, 10:34 p.m.: Apparently, if you say nice things about the stadium scoreboard staff in your blog, you get put on the big screen in center field. I wasn’t expecting that one at all. Hi Mom!