Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames LF
Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena SS
RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 2.43)
Career vs. Orioles
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins DH
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Cesar Izturis SS
LHP Brian Matusz (2-1, 4.40)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Bill Hohn
WEATHER: Pretty amazing day here in the Bronx. Perfect blue sky and temperatures in the 70s. There was some wind blowing out earlier, but that seems to have died down quite a bit.
TEX’s MESSAGE: A pre-game ceremony will recognize Mark Teixeira’s $100,000 donation to Harlem RBI’s Future Fund, supporting college-bound Harlem RBI seniors. Harlem RBI is an organization that works with inner-city youth to provide opportunities to play and learn.
MORE ON TEIXEIRA: Mark Teixeira hit .136 with nine RBI and 11 hits in 22 games in April. Through three games in May he’s hitting .462 with six hits and three RBI.
BEST OF THE BEST: In his career, Derek Jeter has scored 172 runs and collected 277 hits against the Orioles. That’s more hits and runs than any other active Major Leaguer against Baltimore. Alex Rodriguez leads all active players with 50 home runs and 163 RBI against the Orioles.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: That was Derek Jeter’s 443rd double, moving him past Don Mattingly for sole possession of third place on the Yankees’ all-time list.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Did anyone else notice the crazy this Tejada did with his bat after that fly ball to right? He spun it around his head like some sort of crazed Jedi. I’m sure it was completely meaningless, but I’m also sure it was weird.
UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Sac bunt by Izturis — who the Yankees simply could not get out in Baltimore — and then the whole thing went ugly for the Yankees. Burnett’s throwing error has given the O’s a 1-0 lead with runners at second and third and no outs.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: That looked like the good A.J. After a single, walk and error, Burnett struck out the top of the Orioles order to strand runners at second and third. As an aside, I never get tired to watching Cervelli get fired up behind the plate. That guy gets pumped when his pitcher does something like that.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Seriously. Cervelli just tripled and didn’t show nearly as much emotion as he did when Burnett got that final strikeout in the top of the inning. He might even have shown more emotion when Burnett got a strikeout to end the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Cervelli played 313 minor league games in his career and tripled only three times, none since 2007. He just scored on a ground out by Pena to make it 1-1.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Cervelli! Making the catch in the dugout right next to former catchers Joe Girardi and Tony Pena. I’ll say it again: He’s just a ton of fun to watch.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Yankees starter throws one away. Orioles starter throws one away. Let’s call it even. And let’s call it a 2-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Is this what everyone is talking about when they mention the good A.J.? I think so.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Bunt single? I think the mayor just declared May 4 to be Francisco Cervelli Day in New York City.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Now that Thames has his last at-bat, Golson is in to play center field and Gardner has shifted to left.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Burnett waved to the crowd as he came off the field with one out here in the eighth. He got a much deserved ovation for yet another dominant start. Damaso Marte is in to face Matt Wieters.
UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Marte has done his job, now here comes Alfredo Aceves to face Miguel Tejada. It’s odd, but this really doesn’t feel like a two-run game. Burnett has been so dominant, it really feels like the Yankees are winning by at least six runs.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: I don’t know if Golson will ever cut down on the strikeouts enough to be a productive big league hitter, but there’s a lot to be said for a guy who can go get the ball in the outfield. His catch at the wall just ended the eighth with the Yankees still ahead 3-1.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: It’s Chamberlain getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like Girardi is going to avoid Rivera again tonight.