Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Ganderson CF
Juan Miranda DH
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (11-2, 3.65)
Hughes vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Jeff Mathis C
RHP Sean O’Sullivan (0-0, 1.29)
Has never faced any of the Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / MY9
UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Bill Hohn, 3B Gary Darling
WEATHER: It’s actually kind of hot. Temperatures in the 80s. Did it feel like this through the weekend? Just feels a little warmer than I remember.
SMALL SAMPLE SIZE: None of the Angels has more than six career at-bats against Phil Hughes, but there’s also not a single Angels batter with more than one hit against him. Howie Kendrick has been the worst at 1-for-6. Hideki Matsui and Maicer Izturis are each 1-for-1.
THE STREAK CONTINUES: Mark Teixeira’s on-base streak has reached 35 games dating back to June 6. It is tied for the second-longest streak of his career, and one shy of his career-high.
FROM THE BEGINNING: The Yankees are 19-11 in series openers this season, including 11-4 in series openers at home.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Imagine how well Robinson Cano would be hitting if he had been allowed to do the Home Run Derby. Nick Swisher’s 17th homer has given the Yankees an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Posada grounds to second, drives in Teixeira and pushes the Yankees lead to 2-0.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Torii Hunter seems to have left his mind in California.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: A run in the second and now another run here in the third, the Yankees lead is gone. We’re tied at 2.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Hughes gets out of the inning with a double play — not the best night for Matsui so far — and between innings, the Yankees scoreboard showed Steve Martin sitting behind home plate. Instead of labeling him as Steve Martin, the scoreboard showed his name as Navin Johnson. Hilarious.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Sorry for the time between updates. I’ve been wrapping up newspaper stuff and trying to work on some behind-the-scenes registration stuff. Anyway… Hughes coughed up the lead with a two-run home run in the fourth, and now he’s allowed another two-run shot in the sixth. Here comes Albaladejo. Hughes didn’t get an out in the sixth. It’s 6-2 Angels.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: After a single, Albaladejo got through three in a row on a strike out, line out and ground out back to the mound. Still 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Matsui just Chan Ho Parked one into right field, a two-run shot for an 8-2 Angels lead.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Posada took second on an E-2 — illegal use of equipment because he swatted the ball with his mask — and Juan Miranda followed with a two-out single to put runners at the corners for Brett Gardner. Best scoring opportunity the Yankees have had since the first inning.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Ugly game all around for the Yankees. Hughes was bad, Park gave up another home run and the offense has been shutdown since the first inning. Chad Gaudin is now in for the top of the ninth, still an 8-2 Angels lead.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Two-run single off Gaudin has pushed this to a 10-2 game.