Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.66)
Burnett vs. Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Adam Moore C
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Josh Wilson SS
RHP Felix Hernandez (8-10, 2.62)
Hernandez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Brian Knight, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B Gerry Davis
WEATHER: Really nice night here in the Bronx. Very, very light breeze. Blue sky. Not too hot. It’s a good night.
BETTER THAN EXPECTED: The Yankees have struggled against Felix Hernandez this season — actually, struggled might not be strong enough — but individually, they’ve been solid against him. Mark Teixeira is a career .326 hitter with three homers in 43 at-bats against the Mariners ace. Curtis Granderson is a career .344 hitter, Robinson Cano is a .300 hitter and Derek Jeter is a .316 hitter against King Felix. Only Nick Swisher has more than 13 at-bats against Hernandez with a lower than .300 career average.
FINALLY, RUNS: The Yankees have scored 20 runs in the past three games. That’s after scoring 22 runs in their previous six games.
YOUNG GUN: With yesterday’s win, Phil Hughes has 15 wins a little more than a month after his 24th birthday. According to Elias, Hughes is the second Yankees pitcher in the past 35 years to win 15 games in a season before turning 25. The first was Andy Pettitte in 1996.
HOME SWEET HOME: At 40-21, the Yankees have the second-best home record in the majors. They’re tied with Philadelphia. Atlanta has the best home record at 44-17. Since moving into this stadium, the Yankees are 97-45 at home, the best home record in the majors in that time.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Zach McAllister is the player to be named later in the Austin Kearns trade. He’s on his way to the Indians organization.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Three-run home run by Russell Branyan. It’s a 3-0 Mariners lead before Burnett has recorded an out.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: There are times Burnett looks terrific, and there are times when the Mariners seem able to hit him at will. He’s allowed two singles in each of the first three innings, and back-to-back two-out hits in the third have increased the Mariners lead to 4-0.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Two more singles and another run off Burnett. It’s 5-0 Seattle. The Yankees still don’t have a hit.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: The crowd is booing Burnett in the fourth inning. He’s allowed three singles and just walked Jose Lopez to load the bases. With two outs, though, there’s no one getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Not usually a good sign when Austin Kearns is pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez in the fourth inning.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out in the fifth, Hernandez struck out Pena and Gardner to stranded the runners and escape the jam.
UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Yankee Stadium is letting Burnett hear it after Branyan’s second homer of the game, a solo shot to center.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Seven of Hernandez’s past eight outs have been strikeouts, including four in a row. Every spot in the Yankees order has struck out at least once except the No. 2 hole where Derek Jeter is 1-for-3 without a K.