Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Lance Berkman DH
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.00)
Hughes vs. Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
David Murphy LF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B
RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 0.00)
Lewis vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:07 p.m. ET / TBS
UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Jim Reynolds, 2B Angel Hernandez, 3B Fieldin Culbreth, LF Brian Gorman, RF Gerry Davis
WEATHER: Sunny sky. Temperatures in the 80s. Little bit of breeze blowing in from right field.
A LOT TO LIKE: It’s not a huge sample size — 38 at-bats spread across four seasons — but there’s a lot for the Yankees to like about Phil Hughes’ career numbers against the Rangers. Not a single current Texas player has more than one hit against him, and as a group they’re 3-for-38 with eight strikeouts and two walks.
NEW EXPERIENCE: Lance Berkman is the only Yankee with an at-bat against Colby Lewis in the past seven years. Berkman is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in his career against Lewis, including 0-for-6 with three strikeouts this year.
YOUNG GUN: At 24 years and 114 days, Hughes is the youngest pitcher to start Game 1 or Game 2 of a playoff series since Andy Pettitte started Game 2 of the 2006 ALDS at 24 years and 109 days old.
ALL THAT’S LEFT: Last night the Yankees won their third straight playoff game that was started by a left-handed opposing starter. Those three wins came after the Yankees lost their last nine regular-season games against left-handed starters.
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Even with Hamilton stopping to get in a rundown, the Yankees had a much better chance to get the out at second than at home. It’s a 1-0 Rangers lead on double steal. Meanwhile, Hughes looks pretty sharp with his fastball. He got Guerrero on 95 mph four-seamer and got Cruz on 94.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: The Yankees hit the ball on the screws three times in the second inning. Robinson Cano deep to right, Nick Swisher for a double and Lance Berkman on a line drive that Nelson Cruz caught for the final out.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: For so many reasons, this AP picture could only have been taken in this ballpark. I assume the hand at the top is a reference to The Claw that the Rangers do. If it’s anything else, I don’t want to know about it.
UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Home run by Murphy. It’s 2-0 Rangers in the second.
UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.: Hughes is at 55 pitches after two innings. That might be a significant problem considering the Yankees only true long man, Dustin Moseley, pitched two innings last night. Sergio Mitre is probably only good for two innings, maybe three. A day off tomorrow helps.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: Three doubles in the third inning and it’s a 5-0 Rangers lead, still with just one out. Hughes is at 65 pitches and he’s getting knocked around.
UPDATE, 5:34 p.m.: The Yankees are on the board, but a baserunning mistake kept the inning from continuing. Its’ 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain getting loose. Just like last night, he’s getting ready in case the Yankees need someone in the middle of the inning.
UPDATE, 5:40 p.m.: The Rangers base running actually cost them there. Hamilton broke for second on the pitch and was doubled off first on the fly ball to right. Hughes is through four innings, down 5-1, having thrown 81 pitches.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: The Yankees are going to need another big rally, and the bullpen is once again going to have to make up for a starting pitcher who could’nt get more than 12 outs. It’s 6-1 in the ffith and Chamberlain is in for Hughes.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Yowza. Cano just went way deep for a solo home run. It’s hard not to be reminded of how last night’s rally started. Yankees are down 7-2.
UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.: With Clay Rapada coming in to pitch — and with two runners on base — the Yankees are going to let Marcus Thames pinch hit for Brett Gardner. One big swing here could make a huge difference, and Girardi’s trying to find that one big swing.
UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: Good at-bat, but Thames struck out swinging and now he’s heading to left field. Robertson in to pitch.