Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Jorge Posada C
Brett Gardner LF
Chad Huffman RF
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (8-1, 2.71)
Career vs. Astros
Michael Bourn CF
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Hunter Pence RF
Carlos Lee DH
Cory Sullivan LF
Pedro Feliz 3B
Geoff Blum 1B
Tommy Manzella SS
Kevin Cash C
RHP Brian Moehler (0-2, 6.12)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 105 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Paul Nauert
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s and climbing. There’s a chance of rain later this evening, but things look good for the game itself.
THE GREAT UNKNOWN: Phil Hughes has never allowed a hit to any of the current Astros. They have a perfect .000 batting average, .000 on-base and .000 slugging percentage against him. That’s largely because the Astros experience against Hughes consists of two at-bats by Jason Michaels, who’s not even in the lineup today.
CANO STAT OF THE DAY: Robinson Cano has 99 career home runs and needs just one more for an even 100. In his past 17 games, Cano is batting .464 with six doubles, 18 RBI and three home runs.
ON THIS DATE: On June 13, 1948, Babe Ruth made his final appearance at Yankee Stadium. The franchise retired his No. 3 that day during ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of the stadium. A little more than two months later, Ruth died.
UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Sitting next to Marc Carig who 30 seconds ago said, “That’s baseball” and I knew exactly what he meant. Second ball put in play goes right to Chad Huffman. No time for Welcome To The Big Leagues jitters. Time to make a play. And he did.
UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: As I understand the rule, the hitter is not required to get out of the way on a stolen base attempt. He simply can’t intentionally get in the way. Posada’s throw to third hit off Carlos Lee’s bat — never seen that happen — and both runners were safe on the double steal. It made a difference when Lee wound up with a sac fly for a 1-0 Houston lead.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each throwing frustration in the same inning. Don’t see that too often. Teixeira thought he was hit by a pitch that appeared on replays to hit the dirt before clipping his foot. Jeter flung some dirt after he was thrown out trying to steal second base.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Oh man what a play by Ramiro Pena. The guy was in on the grass to defend the bunt and made a diving grab on a line drive.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Base hit in Chad Huffman’s first big league at-bat. He worked the count full then reached on an infield single. Wonder if he’s ever run 90 feet that fast in his life.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: There’s home run No. 100 for Robinson Cano, who just tied the game at 1.
UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: It wasn’t much, just a little bloop single to right, but the bases-loaded hit from Ramiro Pena was enough for a 3-1 Yankees lead in the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Big pitch by Hughes. Hunter Pence is the most dangerous hitter in this lineup and Hughes went right after him to strand runners at the corners.
UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Jorge Posada hits grand slams. It’s just what he does. He hit one yesterday. He’s hit one today. I can guarantee he will not hit one tomorrow. It’s now 7-1 Yankees.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Single for Brett Gardner, and the scoreboard showed a picture of Gardner dressed like Bret “The Hitman” Hart. It was basically the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Chad Huffman is clearly trying to reach base every way possible this afternoon. Single, walk and now a strikeout with the catcher dropping the ball.
UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Tommy Manzella had a big hit off Andy Pettitte yesterday, and his 10-pitch at-bat here in the sixth inning seemed to really wear down Hughes, who ultimately allowed a two-run single then gave up a two-run home run to Kevin Cash. That’s it for Hughes, with Damaso Marte coming in to face Michael Bourn with the score now 7-5.
UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: RBI singles from Swisher and Gardner push the lead to 9-5 with Chan Ho Park coming in to pitch the top of the eighth seventh.
UPDATE, 4:05 p.m.: Nice catch by Brett Gardner to end the seventh (not the eighth).