Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Kevin Russo LF
LHP CC Sabathia (5-3, 4.14)
Career vs. Orioles
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Garrett Atkins DH
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.71)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Greg Gibson, 3B D.J. Reyburn
WEATHER: Chance of rain all night. Looks like we’ll start on time, but the forecast is a bit dicey.
REMEMBER HIM?: Former Yankees top prospect Jose Tabata will make his major league debut with the Pirates tonight. Pittsburgh will also unveil it’s own pitching prospect, Brad Lincoln, against the Nationals. Safe to say, he won’t get nearly the buzz of Strasburg.
THAT GUY FROM THE DOCUMENTARY: Remember the PBS documentary Baseball? I have it at home. On VHS. The guy who made it, Ken Burns, is here t throw out the first pitch. If you haven’t seen the series, I highly recommend it. Great stuff, including a lot of interviews with the great Buck O’Neil.
SLUGFEST NUMBERS: Saturday night’s HBO broadcast of the Stadium Slugfest was the highest rated boxing main event on the network this year. He had a 3.9 rating.
WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Assistant GM Jean Afterman was honored today as a Women in Sports and Entertainment Woman of the Year at the organization’s annual luncheon.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Brian Cashman just confirmed that Brett Gardner’s x-rays were negative. That’s good news. Giving credit where it’s due, I believe Mark Feinsand had the news first.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: The Yankees just officially announced the Gardner news. Negative x-rays and so far a scoreless game.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: The Orioles have the early lead with a second-inning run off Sabathia. Back-to-back two-out singles by Garrett Atkins and Cesar Izturis. Hard to see that coming.
UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Three straight two-out singles have given the Orioles a 2-0 lead. On the third hit, Kevin Russo didn’t help by throwing home on the play, letting the runners advance to second and third.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: The Yankees got a run on Curtis Granderson’s sac fly, and the rain has started to fall pretty hard here at Camden. So far no tarp. It’s 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Between innings, the Camden Yards public address crew just played Circles by Soul Coughing. It was terrific. Meanwhile, the Yankees couldn’t take advantage of Kevin Russo’s lead-off single and still trail 2-1.
UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: The Yankees have something brewing here in the sixth. Mark Teixeira reached on an error, then got to third when Luke Scott misplayed a single to left. Runners at the corners. No outs. Cano at the plate.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: When in trouble, trust Cano. He’s 9-for-11 in the past three games — thank you Mark Feinsand — and just tied the game with an RBI single. Jorge Posada followed by driving in the go-ahead run (should have been a double play, but the Orioles threw it away). It’s now 3-2 Yankees with one out and a runner at second.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli and CC Sabathia are monumentally pumped. Huge strikeout to leave the bases loaded and kept the one-run lead intact.
UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Gardner pinch running after Posada’s walk.
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Gardner steals a bag, Cervelli singles in the run and I’m feeling like I’m back in Scranton again. Nice work by the two young Yankees. It’s a 4-2 lead.