Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (15-6, 4.12)
Hughes vs. Athletics
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jack Cust DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Jeff Larish LF
Rajai Davis RF
Cliff Pennington SS
RHP Vin Mazzaro (6-6, 3.61)
Mazzaro vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B CB Bucknor, 3B Kerwin Danley
WEATHER: Upper 80s through most of the game. Perfect blue sky overhead. Very light breeze.
MINOR LEAGUE NEWS: Eduardo Nunez, Jesus Montero and Jonathan Albaladejo were named to the International League postseason all-star team … Melky Mesa was named the Florida State League Player of the Year … Yankees going to the Arizona Fall League: George Kontos, Austin Romine, Craig Heyer, Corban Joseph and Brandon Laird. That’s a very good group.
GOOD TO GO: Brett Gardner is fifth in the majors with 37 stolen bases this season. He’s been caught once in his past 13 attempts. It’s the highest single-season total for a Yankee since Alfonso Soriano stole 41 in 2002. In his career, Gardner has an 85.5 percent success rate, fifth-highest among active players with at least 85 stolen base attempts.
ONE AWAY: With one more home run, Mark Teixeira will be the sixth Yankee to hit at least 30 home runs in each of his first two years with the team. The others: Ruth, Maris, Giambi, Rodriguez and Sheffield.
BERKMAN READY TO RETURN: Lance Berkman expects this to be his last rehab start. He told Mike Ashmore: “I’m going to play the game tonight, and if nothing unforeseen happens, I’ll head back tomorrow.”
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Double steal for Gardner and Jeter, and Suzuki chose to go after Jeter at second rather than Gardner at third.
UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Bases-loaded GIDP for Cano. At least it’s a run. That’s a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Triple by Jorge Posada. I’ll say that again. Triple by Jorge Posada. It’s now 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Facing bases-loaded with one out in the third, Hughes allowed a sac fly but ultimately limited the damage to just the one run. It’s still a Yankees lead, 3-1.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Right in front of the press box, a guy just boxed out a girl to catch a foul ball. The girl then punched him right in the gut.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Second deck for Nick Swisher. His 25th of the season, a two-run shot, a 5-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Sac fly in the third inning, now an RBI ground out in the fourth. Hughes hasn’t been great, but he’s still leading 5-2 and needs one more inning to be eligible for the win. He’s at 84 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: More high than far, Granderson just went deep on a 3-1 pitch to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: There goes Mark Teixeira, home run No. 30. Sixth Yankee all time to hit at least 30 in his first two seasons with the team. By the way, it’s 9-2.
UPDATE, 9:26 p.m.: Solo home run by Daric Barton off Chad Gaudin. Still a 9-3 Yankees lead with Hughes in line for his 16th win.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Brett Gardner and Austin Kearns hitting back-to-back. Is this the first time two Yankees have batted back-to-back with country music as their at-bat music?