Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns DH
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (14-5, 3.94)
Hughes vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Will Rhymes 2B
Ryan Raburn RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Johnny Damon DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B
Alex Avila C
Don Kelly LF
RHP Rick Porcello (5-10, 5.53)
Porcello vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Bill Miller, 3B Eric Cooper
WEATHER: Little bit of a breeze blowing out. Not a could in sight.
GOOD START: The Yankees have scored at least two runs in the first innings of six of their past 10 games at Yankee Stadium. They’ve hit a first-inning home run in five of those games.
KERRY WITH A K: When he struck out Ramon Santiago last night, Kerry Wood reached 1,500 strikeouts for his career. He reached the mark after just 1,303 innings, the fewest for any 1,500 strikeout pitcher in baseball history. According to Elias, the previous record for reaching that strikeout milestone was 1,337 innings by Pedro Martinez.
HOPE WEEK CONTINUES: After today’s game, HOPE Week will continue with the Yankees reaching out to the children and supporters of “You Are Beautiful People,” an organization who reaches out of children and families with special needs to make them feel more a part of the community through participation in sports. The group is in attendance for today’s game, and afterward, they will play a game on the field with members of the Yankees.
UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Can’t make a mistake to Miguel Cabrera. Just can’t do it. Two-run home run into the bullpen has given the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: There’s a kid from that Beautiful People group announcing the Yankees as they come to the plate this inning, and he’s really doing an incredible job. Meanwhile, the Yankees have two straight hits under his watch.Of the first three players he announced the only one who didn’t get a hit was Derek Jeter. Maybe it’s best to stick to Bob Sheppard for The Captain.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: Must be the kid announcer. The Yankees just got three straight one-out hits to pull within 2-1, then Curtis Granderson got a two-out single to tie the game at 2.
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Yankees take the lead on an RBI double by Cano. It’s a 3-2 Yankees advantage still with no outs in the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: With an RBI single, Posada has passed Thurman Munson on the Yankees’ all-time hits list. The Yankees now lead 4-2 and the Tigers are going to the pen.
UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Robinson Cano now has two hits, two runs and three RBI in the seventh inning alone. His two-run homer has given the Yankees an 11-2 lead, with nine of those runs coming here in the sixth.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: After the nine-run sixth, the Yankees are getting Hughes and Jeter out of the game. Sergio Mitre is in to pitch the seventh, and Eduardo Nunez is making his major league debut at shortstop.
UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Mitre has allowed three runs. It’s still a lopsided Yankees lead.