Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Lance Berkman 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns RF
Ramiro Pena 3B
LHP Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.88)
Pettitte vs. Orioles
Brian Roberts 2B
Robert Andino 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Jake Fox DH
Ty Wigginton 1B
Corey Patterson LF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Chris Tillman (1-4, 6.32)
Tillman vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m. / YES Network and TBS
UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Tony Randazzo
WEATHER: Very bright and sunny. Temperatures in the 80s. Very, very slight chance of rain in the late innings, but it’s hard to imagine anything but sunshine this afternoon.
CHANCE TO SWEEP: The Yankees are looking for their seventh series sweep. It would be their third sweep against Baltimore. The Yankees have swept only one road series this year, taking three straight against Oakland in July.
SPEED KILLS: With Brett Gardner’s triple last night, the Yankees now have two players — Gardner and Curtis Granderson — with six triples this season. It’s the second time since 2000 that the Yankees have had teammates with six triples in a season. The other time it happened was 2007 with Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano.
A GOOD SIGN: From ESPN Research: CC Sabathia is the fourth Yankees pitcher since 1956 — the year the Cy Young Award was first given out — to become the first in the big leagues to reach 20 wins. The previous three times (Bob Turley in 1958, Whitey Ford in 1961 and Ron Guidry in 1978) the pitchers went on to win the Cy Young and the Yankees went on to win the World Series.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Pretty big round of applause for Pettitte as he took the mound for the first inning. He’s working with a 1-0 lead after Brett Gardner led off with a walk and scored on a two-out single by — who else? — Robinson Cano.
UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Bill Madden is reporting that both Joe Torre and Don Mattingly will attend Monday’s ceremony to unveil George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park.
UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Clean-up hitter bunting for a hit with two outs and a runner at third? If it doesn’t work, it’s the work play ever, but Adam Jones laid down a beauty and the Orioles have tied the game at 1.
UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Chris Tillman walked four in the fourth inning, including Brett Gardner with the bases loaded. The Yankees also got an RBI single from Curtis Granderson and they’re leading 3-1. That’s it for Tillman (obviously).
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: So far so good for Pettitte, who’s allowed just one run through four innings. As usual he’s allowed some base runners, but the Orioles haven’t hit him hard and he seems in command through 55 pitches. Girardi said he’d be thrilled with six innings from Pettitte, and that looks possible right now.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: That might be all for Pettitte, and what a return. He’s through six innings, having retired the last 11 batters he faced. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead and Joba Chamberlain is loose in the Yankees bullpen.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Chamberlain got his man, now Boone Logan is in to face the pinch hitter Luke Scott. This really doesn’t feel like a two-run game. Feels like the Yankees are running away with this thing, and maybe they should be with eight runners left on base.
UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: This thing has taken a bit of a turn. The Orioles have closed the gap to 3-2 on three straight singles — beginning with a very good bunt by Corey Patterson — here in the eighth inning. There’s one out, the tying run is at third, the go-ahead run is at second and Kerry Wood is facing the 2 and 3 hitters.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: The bad news is, Mariano Rivera just allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth. The good news is, Koji Uehara is warming for the Orioles.
UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: The crowd here is booing like crazy, but walking the bases loaded to let a lefty pitch to Lance Berkman is the logical move for the Orioles. Meanwhile, the Yankees have burned through an entire regular season roster to make this inning happen.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Berkman is here to hit against righties, not lefties. That’s a bad missed opportunity. Meanwhile, Teixeira is staying in to play first, Nunez is staying in to play third, Thames is staying in to play left and Colin Curtis is in to play right. Robertson is still pitching.