Derek Jeter DH
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (4-0, 1.69)
Career vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Johnny Damon DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Brennan Boesch LF
Alex Avila C
Don Kelly 3B
Ramon Santiago SS
Scott Sizemore 2B
RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 5.74)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network and ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Mike Estabrook, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Dan Bellino
WEATHER: Still a little cloudy but the chances of rain are down to 10 percent.
OUT OF THE LINEUP: You’ll notice Gerald Laid, Brandon Inge and Adam Everett are each out of the Tigers lineup for the second game of this doubleheader. Those three are a combined 0-for-11 with six strikeouts against Hughes.
SOMETHING SHADY: Before the game, the Tigers came pouring out of the dugout to meet Eminem and Jay-Z who seem to be here to watch the game together. It was hard to tell for certain from the press box, but I’m pretty sure Jay-Z had his usual Yankees cap on. Hard to imagine him wearing anything else.
END THE SKID: The Yankees have lost three straight for the first time this season. Undefeated Hughes will be trying to stop that slide.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: The Denver Post is reporting that the Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran pitcher Tim Redding.
UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Big curveball from Phil Hughes to strikeout Boesch with a runner at second. I don’t know much about him, but Boesch has looked like a pretty solid hitter these first two games in Detroit.
UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: And there’s the fastball to end the inning. Hughes strikes out three in a row, strands a runner at second and keeps the Yankees in front 1-0.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Two-out RBI single by Teixeira has made it 2-0 Yankees. Teixeira singled to right two batters after Derek Jeter walked and stole second.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: That’s how you throw to the glove. Hughes strikes out Jackson on a high fastball to end the inning. Still 2-0. Hughes looks dominant (as usual).
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: This explains Jay-Z and Eminem being at the game tonight. They’re performing two concerts together, one a Yankee Stadium and one at Comerica Park (Eminem is from Michigan). The Yankee Stadium show will be September 13, the first concert ever held at the venue. At this time there is no ticket information.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Big time pitches from Hughes to get out of a bases loaded jam.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: The Yankees have confirmed the Tim Redding signing.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: My gosh Hughes looks nasty. That’s his eighth strikeout. His career high is 10 during that near no-hitter in Oakland.
UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Gardner has moved to left, Golson is in to play center, Thames is out of the game.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: This is clearly what Girardi considers his best defensive outfield — and I agree: He has moved Gardner back to center, moved Golson to right and put Randy Winn in left.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Didn’t get the call on a close play at first, but that’s a great play by Joba to nearly get Austin Jackson.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Gritty, gutty Greg Golson has his first big league hit, a single to put runners at first and second with one out in the ninth.