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
RHP Phil Hughes (7-1, 6.54)
Career vs. Orioles
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lou Montanez LF
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Kevin Millwood (0-6, 4.29)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / MY9
UMPIRES: HP D.J. Reyburn, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B Greg Gibson
WEATHER: Very nice out here in Baltimore. I believe it got pretty cold our first time through here, but tonight is just about perfect. Some chance of rain later in the week, though.
MINOR SUSPENSION: According to a release from Major League Baseball, Yankees minor league pitcher Angel Rincon has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension of Rincon, who is currently on the roster of the club’s Dominican Summer League team, is effective immediately.
GOOD MATCHUP: The Yankees three starters this season — Hughes, Sabathia and Burnett — are a combined 26-5 in their careers against Baltimore. Sabathia and Burnett have combined to make 15 starts in this ballpark, and they’re 11-1.
NO JUNE SWOON: In the month of June, the Yankees pitchers have a 2.67 ERA, holding opponents to a .184 average.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Jeter walked. Swisher hit a two-run homer. Teixeira got a base hit. It’s nice to play the O’s.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Been writing a lot for the paper, but we’re still in a 2-0 game in the top of the third. Phil Hughes has allowed three singles, but he hasn’t been hit hard and he’s gotten through two scoreless. Right now the Yankees have the bases loaded with two outs in the third. Granderson’s at the plate.
UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: Grand slam by Granderson. I’m not listening to the broadcast. Did John Sterling go absolutely nuts?
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-back RBI singles have put the Orioles on the board and cut the Yankees lead to 6-2. Hughes is at 70 pitches in the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Two-out single by Wigginton gives the Orioles another run. All three O’s runs have scored with two outs.
UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Brett Gardner slipping around second, plus Nick Markakis’s huge arm in right field led to an out at third.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: In their past three games, the Yankees scored a total of seven runs. They now have a 7-3 lead here in Baltimore after Gradner’s flare, RBI single in the seventh inning. Bases are still loaded with one out and the top of the order coming to the plate.
UPDATE, 9:46 p.m.: Nick Swisher has been very, very good this season, and he now has three hits and five RBI tonight after a two-out, three-run double in the seventh. Yankees are now leading 10-3.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: No. 3 hitter Mark Teixeira goes deep, a two-run shot that is his third hit of the game. He’s 3-for-3 with two walks, two singles and the homer.