Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ramiro Pena 3B
RHP Phil Hughes (0-2, 10.57)
Hughes vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (47-48)
Rajai Davis CF
Eric Thames DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Travis Snider LF
Aaron Hill 2B
J.P. Arencibia C
Corey Patterson RF
RHP Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 2.99)
Villanueva vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Roof just opened about 40 minutes ago. It’s pretty hot here, and apparently they wanted to keep the sun out of the stadium as long as possible.
UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Angel Hernandez, 2B Greg Gibson, 3B Todd Tichenor
LET THE SUNSHINE IN: The Yankees are 27-5 in day games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Major League team to win at least 27 of their first 32 day games was the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. They began the year 28-5 in day contests.
CLOSING REMARKS: The Yankees are 20-10 in series finales this season. They’ve won 12 of their past 17 series-ending games.
THREE’S ENOUGH: The Yankees are one of three teams that have not lost more than three straight road games this season. The White Sox and Dodgers also have yet to lose three straight on the road. The Yankees had lost three straight road games before yesterday’s win.
THE END: Today makes the 70th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak coming to an end. He went 0-for-3 with a walk on July 17, 1941, having hit .408 during the streak.
UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Could have been a huge first inning, but the Yankees have to settle for a 1-0 lead after stranding the bases loaded. Jorge Posada struck out and Russell Martin lined out to end it.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: It’s only one inning, and he gave up a hit, but I thought Hughes’ stuff looked pretty good. He was keeping his fastball in the zone — at 93 mph — and that curveball looked legitimate. Got all three outs on the curve, including on a 3-2 pitch to Lind.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Two more curveball outs for Hughes in the second inning. Two hits let the Blue Jays tie the game, but he got through the bottom of the order to leave a runner stranded. He’s already approaching 40 pitches.
UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Well that’s one of the weirder plays I’ve ever seen. Posada’s off the bag, ump rules that Escobar also missed the bag, and Posada gets the tag for the out. I guess it worked. Hughes is through the third, still a 1-1 game.
UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: RBI doubles by Martin and Granderson, sac fly by Pena. It’s now 5-1 Yankees in the middle of the fourth. Back-to-back two-out hits by Gardner and Granderson made the biggest difference.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: There’s a six-pitch fifth for Hughes, who’s now at 71 pitches and looking like he could pitch through the seventh. It’s 5-2.
UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Hughes really settled in. He’s at 80 pitches through six innings. Meanwhile, Brett Gardner now has his third three-hit game of the series.
UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Well I thought we’d see Hughes for one more, but he’s out and Cory Wade is in to start the seventh.