Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 4.09)
Burnett vs. Orioles
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino SS
RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 3.38)
Tillman vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Most of the beat writers have bailed on the front row of the open press box. It’s slightly warmer here on the second row, and it’s away from the light mist that’s been falling off and on. Should be able to play tonight, but it’s not an ideal situation.
UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B Paul Nauert
GOING DEEP: The Yankees and Rangers are tied or the Major League lead with 18 home runs. Only the 1932 Yankees (20) and the 2003 Yankees (19) hit more home runs through nine games in franchise history. That’s according to Elias.
FIVE TIMES TWO: The Yankees scored in five separate innings on Friday and Saturday, the first time scored in five different innings in back-to-back games since 2007.
GOOD HITTIN’: The current group of Yankees has a total of just 47 at-bats against Orioles starter Chris Tillman. In those at-bats, though, the Yankees have a .383/.483/.489. Alex Rodriguez is 3-for-6 with a home run against him.
THREE AWAY: Alex Rodriguez has 1,836 career RBI. He needs one to pass Ken Griffey Jr. for sole possession of 13th on baseball’s all-time list, and he needs three to tie Ted Williams and Al Simmons for 11th. With 14 more home runs — doubt he’ll get there today — Rodriguez will tie Griffey Jr. for fifth on baseball’s all-time homers list.
OTHER MILESTONES: Jorge Posada needs one hit to tie Phil Rizzuto for 14th place on the Yankees all-time hits list… Derek Jeter needs two hits to tie Barry Bonds for 32nd place on baseball’s all-time list…. Jeter needs two runs to tie Billy Hamilton for 25th on baseball’s list.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Granted, Nick Markakis and Derrek Lee both hit the ball hard, but give A.J. Burnett credit for not folding in that first inning. That’s the kind of inning that never went right for him after the first two months of last season. In a couple of hours, we’ll either be talking about that as an inning that showed Burnett wouldn’t buckle, or we’ll look at that as an inning that showed he didn’t quite have it tonight.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: I don’t remember ever seeing Gardner thrown out by that much. Out of Wieters’ hand it was clear Gardner never had a shot.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: And just like that, some of the offensive concerns melt away. Four straight hits, including a home run by Alex Rodriguez, have given the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: So far, so good for the Yankees. The offense has busted out of its slump a little bit — everyone except Posada and Granderson — and A.J. Burnett has handled some early pitch count problems with two fast innings. It’s 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: And just like that, Posada joins the party. A solo shot to right field has pushed the lead to 7-0.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: The Yankees have announced that ticket stubs for tonight’s game can be redeemed for free Grandstand Level or Terrace Level tickets for another game this season, subject to availability. Good work by the Yankees to recognize how brutal the weather is tonight.
Meanwhile, A.J. Burnett just allowed two two-run home runs in the seventh, the first blemishes of an otherwise good night. It’s 7-4 and Burnett is being cheers as he walks off the field.