Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Lance Berkman DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP CC Sabathia (19-5, 3.02)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
Brian Roberts 2B
Felix Pie LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nolan Reimold DH
Craig Tatum C
Robert Andino SS
Josh Bell 3B
RHP Jake Arrieta (4-6, 5.11)
Arrieta vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Wally Bell, 1B John Hirschbeck, 2B James Hoye, 3B Laz Diaz
WEATHER: High 70s. No real chance of rain. Little bit of wind blowing out to left field.
WELCOME BACK: This will be Baltimore shortstop Robert Andino’s first big league game of the season. He was one of their September call-ups, but he’s played in the big leagues in the past.
NOT HIS FIRST TIME: Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta made his big league debut against the Yankees in June, and he got the win. Of course, it was the Yankees first time seeing him, so it’s only natural that they couldn’t beat him.
FOUR AND O: CC Sabathia has four wins against the Orioles this season, and a win today would make him the fourth Yankee to beat the Orioles five times in one season. The last to do it was Andy Pettitte in 2003. In his career, Sabathia is 13-1 against the Orioles. Elias says Sabathia’s .929 winning percentage against the O’s is the second highest among all pitches with at least 10 starts vs. Baltimore, trailing Boston’s Jon Lester, who’s 13-0 in 16 starts.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Did anyone see this coming? Five straight batters have reached base, the Orioles have a 3-0 lead and Sabathia still hasn’t gotten an out.
UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: All things considered, 26 pitches isn’t too bad for Sabathia. Could have been a lot worse giving the four hits, one walk and three runs. He retired three in a row to strand two runners and keep it a 3-0 game.
UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Yankees so far doing their best to pickup Sabathia. Cano has singled in a run and there are still two on with one out for Swisher. It’s 3-1.
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: I have no idea how to make my computer type the symbol, but right now Felix Pie’s name on scoreboard is Felix and then the math symbol for pi. I love it.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Two-run home run by Nolan Reimold, and now it’s 5-1 Orioles.
UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Sending Berkman with no outs is a risky decision, but Berkman had a great slide to avoid the tag and cut the lead to 5-2.
UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Off the bat, Mark Feinsand and I both thought Cano’s ball was out of here. Instead, it was caught at the wall and the Yankees are still trailing 5-2 after six innings.
UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Sabathia is finished after a rough start. He leaves with two on and one out in the seventh inning. He’s allowed six runs — five earned — which is his highest run total of the season.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Hey look, it’s Alex Rodriguez. He’s pinch hitting for Ramiro Pena with runners at the corners in bottom of the seventh. It’s 6-2.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: In an inning that included an 8-4 fielder’s choice and a 5-6-4 fielder’s choice, the Yankees couldn’t get a run in the seventh and still trail 6-2.