Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Lance Berkman DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Colin Curtis RF
RHP Phil Hughes (16-7, 4.26)
Hughes vs. Rays
John Jaso C
Ben Zobrist 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Dan Johnson DH
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Jason Bartlett SS
RHP James Shields (13-12, 4.98)
Shields vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. / YES Network and ESPN
UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Ed Rapuano, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Ron Kulpa
WEATHER: Dome sweet dome.
THE DAY AFTER: After last night’s win, the Yankees are now 17-4 in games immediately following a shutout loss since the start of the 2008 season. They are 12-3 in their past 15 such games.
NOT AN EVERYDAY EVENT: Last night, Jorge Posada hit the Yankees second pinch-hit home run of the season. Colin Curtis had the first back on July 21. Posada’s was the Yankees first extra-inning pinch-hit home run since Matt Nokes hit a two-run shot on May 8, 1993 to beat Detroit. It was Posada’s fifth career extra-inning home run. According to Elias, only Jason Giambi, Carlos Pena and Albert Pujols have more among active players.
NICE, ROUND NUMBER: Mariano Rivera reached 30 saves last night. It’s the 13th time in his career that he’s save 30 in a season. Rivera has saved 30 games in eight straight seasons, the second-longest streak in baseball history behind Trevor Hoffman.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Phil Hughes gets through a 1-2-3 bottom of the first after Robinson Cano gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the top. As my friend Marc Carig pointed out, the Yankees seemed to be doing a better job against Shields’ changeup in the first inning.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Off the bat, I was thinking double for Kearns. Clearly Kearns was thinking the same. Matt Joyce, apparently, thought otherwise.
UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Cano and Berkman have started the fourth inning with back-to-back singles. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes has plowed through the Rays lineup his first time through the order. He looks strong, much better than the last time he skipped a start. Maybe that relief inning was a good idea.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: The Yankees stranded a couple of runners in the top of the fourth, but Hughes worked a hitless bottom half to keep the 1-0 lead intact.
UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Phil Hughes has allowed two base runners, and now both have scored. Dan Johnson just hit his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot that stayed just inside the right-field foul pole. It’s a 2-1 Rays lead.
UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Momentary panic for the Yankees, but Derek Jeter seems to be OK and Joe Maddon seems to be arguing that the pitch hit the bat first. Either way, Jeter’s at first and Maddon has been ejected.
UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: The replay makes it look like Jeter got away with one there, and Granderson made it count with a two-run home run to put the Yankees back in front 3-2 in the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Dan Johnson’s second home run of the night, fifth of the season, has put the Rays back in front 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: After a two-out single by Carlos Pena, Hughes is done and Chamberlain is in. Two mistakes to Johnson have turned an otherwise very good start into a potential loss.