Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 4.16)
Career vs. Orioles
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton DH
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Adam Jones CF
Craig Tatum C
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Kevin Millwood (0-5, 3.89)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Mike DiMuro, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Jim Reynolds, 3B Bill Welke
WEATHER: There are a few clouds, but the temperature is into the mid-80s with a very slight chance of rain. At times the flags are still, other times they’re blowing out to left field. Right now it doesn’t seem like enough wind to affect the game.
GOOD MATCHUP: Collectively, the current Yankees have a .290 career batting average against Orioles starter Kevin Millwood. Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez have hit him well, but it’s Nick Swisher who has a career .710 slugging percentage with three home runs against Millwood.
TOUGH YEAR: Speaking of Millwood, he’s allowed more than four earned runs only once this year, and he’s never allowed more than five. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned in either of his past two starts, yet he remains winless. Hard to win in Baltimore these days.
REMEMBER THIS NAME: If you don’t know his name already, Slade Heathcott is one worth remembering. The Yankees first-round draft pick last season made his Single-A debut last night and hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning.
ROLLING SEVENS: Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte are each 7-1. According to Elias, they are the first pair of Yankees teammates to win seven of their first 10 starts since 1984 when Joe Cowley and Phil Niekro went 8-0 and 7-2. Cowley, however, did not make his first start until July of that season.
UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Derek Jeter must have seen something in Millwood’s delivery. Stealing third base with no outs and the 3, 4, 5 hitters due up, that’s not exactly a usual play, and it clearly didn’t come from the bench or else Swisher would have taken second. Just a good, veteran move from the Captain.
UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Well that was weird. Millwood stumbles on the mound, a balk is called and the Yankees get a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: There’s Robinson Cano’s daily double. Swisher scored and the Yankees are up 2-0.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Adam Jones is not having a good season, but he’s still a heckuva hitter. His solo homer off Sabathia has pulled the Orioles within 2-1.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: It’s true, this Orioles team is pretty bad, but Millwood is a pretty solid pitcher who’s not having a bad season. Still, the Yankees have already scored four runs off him, getting their fourth on Alex Rodriguez’s two-run homer here in the third inning. It’s a 4-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: RBI single by Granderson makes it 5-1. For a guy who said he didn’t have his legs quite under him when he came off the disabled list, Granderson’s been hitting pretty well for the past week.
UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Spend pregame talking about a disputed call at first base, you are inevitably going to have a borderline call at first base during the game. That’s just the way baseball works. It’s one of Dallas Braden’s unwritten rules.
UPDATE, 2:50 p.m.: Bud Selig’s statement regarding last night’s Tigers game.
First, on behalf of Major League Baseball, I congratulate Armando Galarraga on a remarkable pitching performance. All of us who love the game appreciate the historic nature of his effort last night.
The dignity and class of the entire Detroit Tigers organization under such circumstances were truly admirable and embodied good sportsmanship of the highest order. Armando and Detroit manager Jim Leyland are to be commended for their handling of a very difficult situation. I also applaud the courage of umpire Jim Joyce to address this unfortunate situation honestly and directly. Jim’s candor illustrates why he has earned the respect of on-field personnel throughout his accomplished career in the Major Leagues since 1989.
As Jim Joyce said in his postgame comments, there is no dispute that last night’s game should have ended differently. While the human element has always been an integral part of baseball, it is vital that mistakes on the field be addressed. Given last night’s call and other recent events, I will examine our umpiring system, the expanded use of instant replay and all other related features. Before I announce any decisions, I will consult with all appropriate parties, including our two unions and the Special Committee for On-Field Matters, which consists of field managers, general managers, club owners and presidents.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: There’s Brett Gardner’s third home run of the season. He’s hit exactly three in each of the past two years — one big league season, one Triple-A season — and had a total of one home run the two years before that.
UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Sabathia was cruising until that two-run home run by Luke Scott. Dave Robertson is getting loose in the bullpen.