Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Juan Miranda DH
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
Chad Moeller C
RHP Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72 ERA)
Career vs. Indians
Trevor Crowe CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Travis Hafner DH
Austin Kearns LF
Russell Branyan 1B
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Luis Valbuena 2B
Mike Redmond C
Jason Donald SS
RHP Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.45)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Kerwin Danley, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Doug Eddings, 3B Dana DeMuth
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 60s. Very slight chance of rain, but the sky doesn’t look threatening.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Yankees are 13-6 at home this season, tied with Atlanta for the second-best home record in baseball. Detroit has the best home record at 14-6. The Yankees lead the majors in home batting average (.301), on-base percentage (.382) and slugging percentage (.502).
GETTING STARTED: Robinson Cano is batting .421 with six doubles and two home runs when leading off an inning. For the year he’s hitting .342, which is so far the highest pre-all-star-break batting average of his career.
TIME CHANGE: The Yankees have announced that the start time of their June 21 game against Arizona has been moved from 9:40 p.m. to 10:05 p.m. ET.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Striking out the side in the first inning. Not a bad start for Phil Hughes.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Hughes struck out the first five batters, then gave up a fly ball that Granderson caught in center field. So you have to ask yourself, what went wrong there?
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Nick Swisher with a towering home run off the foul pole for a 2-0 Yankees lead. That was his ninth homer of the year.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Chad Moeller just missed a home run in his first at-bat. Hooked it just a little bit foul. I actually said out loud, “Are you kidding me?” while the ball was in the air. Apparently the answer was yes, I was being kidded.
UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Wow. What a catch by Trevor Crowe. I never thought he had a chance until the ball was in his glove.
UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Four-pitch walk to Juan Miranda with the bases loaded. Is this the Indians team from Major League? Brett Gardner followed with a sac fly and the Yankees finally have some breathing room, ahead 4-1.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Give Ramiro Pena credit. He just battled through an 11-pitch at-bat before striking out.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Russell Branyan does one thing really, really well. He just took Hughes deep to cut the lead to 4-2. Robertson is getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Two missed calls at first base tonight, both went the Yankees way.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Robinson Cano just crushed a grand slam, which led to a curtain call and an 8-2 Yankees lead. The next batter was Swisher, who was hit by a pitch, and when the camera zoomed in on his face at first base, the big screen in center field showed Swisher mouth one of the phrases you can’t say on television. The crowd managed to read his lips just fine. Pretty funny.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Hughes is done, and he’s in line for his sixth win. Sergio Mitre is in from the bullpen.