Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Lance Berkman 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (1-1, 5.73)
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 (1-0, 1.69)
Lewis vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:07 p.m. ET / TBS
UMPIRES: HP Brian Gorman, 1B Gerry Davis, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Jim Reynolds, LF Angel Hernandez, RF Fieldin Culbreth
WEATHER: Still a few clouds in the sky, but so far only light off-and-on rain here at the stadium. Temperatures in the low 80s. According to The Weather Channel, the chance of rain jumps to 50 percent at around 9 ET, and gets closer to 100 percent around 10 ET.
BEEN HERE BEFORE: The Yankees won Game 6 six of the past seven times they trailed 3-2 in a best-of-seven series. They won the series in only two of those (1952 and 1958 World Series). That’s according to the Yankees game notes.
CANO CAN GO: Robinson Cano is the fifth Yankee to hit at least four home runs in a single playoff series. The others: Reggie Jackson (5 in the 1977 WS), Hank Bauer (4 in the 1958 WS), Lou Gehrig (4 in the 1928 WS) and Babe Ruth (4 in the 1926 WS)… The only second baseman to hit more home runs in a single series is Chase Utley, who hit five in last year’s World Series.
GOLDEN IN THE FIELD: The Yankees have one error in 288 chances this postseason. The other three LCS teams have a combined 18 errors in the playoffs.
BEHIND THE PLATE: Bengie Molina and Matt Treanor have each homered this series, marking the eighth time in Major League history that two catchers from the same team have gone deep in a single series. The Yankees did it once, when Jim Leyritz and Mike Stanley hit home runs in the 1995 ALDS.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Robinson Cano turns 28 today.
UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Now it’s pouring. The rain started falling heavily during the Anthem, leading to what Sam just called the most awkward thing he’s ever seen: The Anthem was going, the color guard was standing in the middle of the infield, and the grounds crew actually tried to get a group of soldiers to move while they were holding the flag during the Anthem! Unreal.
UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: The tarp was one the field for about 60 seconds. Now it’s being removed. Here’s a picture from Sam’s cell phone of the craziness that happened during the National Anthem. As you might assume, the soldiers had no plans of moving, and the did not sprint off the field to help get a tarp over the infield. They marched off and were nearly run over by the tarp crew. One of the strangest things I’ve ever seen at a sporting event.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Granderson looked safe to me, and he seemed to feel the same way.
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Quick 1-0 lead for the Rangers after a couple of hits and a run-scoring grounder.
UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Wild pitch on a pitch out. Robertson getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: The Yankees are not going to be no-hit by Colby Lewis. That must be a relief.
UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: Remember what Derek Jeter said after his phantom hit by pitch in Tampa: There have been plenty of times when’s been hit by a pitch and it wasn’t called. Just happened to Nick Swisher, and the Yankees got a run out of it.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Guerrero was 0-for-5 against Hughes in this ALCS, and had just one hit in five career regular-season at-bats. Hughes seemed a better option than anyone available in the Yankees bullpen — and walking Hamilton was the obvious call — but Guerrero came through with the huge two-out, two-run double. It’s 3-1 Rangers in the fifth.
UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Cruz positively smoked that ball. That’s a two-run homer for a 5-1 Rangers lead, still in the fifth.