Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.67)
Nova vs. Angels
Maicer Izturis 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu LF
Torii Hunter RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Russell Branyan DH
Mark Trumbo 1B
Jeff Mathis C
Peter Bourjos CF
RHP Jered Weaver (6-4, 2.10)
Weaver vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Every time the Yankees come to Anaheim, I’m reminded of what great weather really looks and feels like.
UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Bill Welke, 3B Tim Tschida
CASHMAN HONORED: General manager Brian Cashman has been awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope for his work with homeless and runaway youth who get support from the Covenant House shelter. That’s an AP picture of Cashman receiving the award.
GOOD BEGINNINGS: According to the Yankees game notes, the Yankees starters have gone 9-2 with a 2.99 ERA in the past 15 games. The Yankees are 11-4 in that stretch, improving from three games back to two games ahead in the AL East.
RELIEVED: The Yankees starters have been terrific during his four-game winning streak, but the bullpen’s also been awfully good lately. The Yankees reliever have combined for a 1.68 ERA in the past 16 games dating back to May 14. Excluding the first nine games of the season, the Yankees has a 2.44 ERA.
STREAKING: Mark Teixeira has a nine-game hitting streak, with a home run in four of his past seven games and seven of his past 13. Derek Jeter has a seven-game hitting streak, Nick Swisher has a six-game hitting streak and Robinson Cano has a five-game hitting streak.
ON THIS DATE: On June 3, 1932, Lou Gehrig hit four consecutive home runs and just missed a fifth. Tony Lazzeri also hit for a cycle in the game and the Yankees beat Philadelphia, 20-13. It’s the most combined runs in a single game in franchise history.
UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Fifteen-pitch at-bat by Jeter to open the game.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: Yankees might be lucky Nova gave up only two runs that inning. He was all over the place.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Not sure Nova actually settled in during those past two innings, but he didn’t allow any more runs, so I guess that’s a good thing for the Yankees. It’s a 2-1 game heading into the fourth.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: Check it out, Posada with a big hit. That’s a two-out, game-tying double in the fourth. Would have put the Yankees in the lead, but it bounced over the wall and Nick Swisher had to stop running.
UPDATE, 11:33 p.m.: Yankees bullpen is starting to stir as Nova allowed a hard-hit, bases-loaded single to put the Angels on top 3-2 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 12:13 p.m.: He wasn’t good tonight, but I’ll give Nova credit for lasting into the seventh. I thought for sure he’d be finished before the end of the fifth. Absolutely have to go to Robertson with a one-run lead here.
UPDATE, 12:36 p.m.: When Teixeira got on in the eighth, I really thought Rodriguez might do something in that situation. Guess not. Still a 3-2 game, Boone Logan coming in for the bottom of the eighth. Hector Noesi also getting loose.